Report on Council: August 10, 2015

August 10, 2015
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 a.m. – 12:07 p.m.
Regular Meeting of Council: 2:00 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.
Mayor George Cornell, and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart present. Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma absent.

WOODLAND BEACH RECREATIONAL [TRAILER] PARK, PART OF LOTS 24 and 25, CONCESSION 2: Dr. Donald Stubbs gave a presentation about his Woodland Beach Recreational [Trailer] Park. He noted that he began to develop the concept of a Park providing outdoor activities for all ages “while preserving and protecting the environment” in 1999.

We recall that his original concept included paint ball, occupied prime agricultural land, and made inappropriate use of trails on the protected Nipissing Ridge. As a result of opposition from neighbours, the Township, the County, and the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations in the course of a series of Preheaaring sessions before the Ontario Municipal Board, paintball was eliminated, the Ridge was protected, and all activities were removed from agricultural land apart from an access road along the north edge of Lot 24. Holding provisions were imposed until various aspects of the Park were appropriately planned.

     The Functional Servicing Report and Stormwater Management Reports prepared for the developer were peer reviewed by R.J. Burnside & Associates. Burnside’s concerns resulted in changes, and in eliminating parts of Phase I. In the end, Burnside was satisfied with the proposed sanitary servicing, water servicing, fire suppression, stormwater management, roads, drainage, utility servicing, and protection of the Nipissing Ridge. Azimuth Environmental Consulting confirmed that the proposed development would not adversely impact winter deer yard and migration functions. Shawn Persaud provided a report on the background of the Park proposal, along with an analysis of the site plan agreement and the holding provisions.

Council gave notice of its intention to remove the various “holding” provisions, and agreed to enter into a Site Plan Control Agreement with Stubbs, so that Phase I can be initiated. The latter is to include 50 seasonal campsites with minimum frontages of 12m and minimum designated lot areas of 185 square m, one comfort station and an in ground swimming pool. [This eliminates the lodge (with its assembly hall, 3-bedroom owner/caretaker apartment, pool, laundry room, and tuck shop), recreation hall, the vehicle pumping station, the group camping area, and five, year-round, two-bedroom cabins. Presumably these elements will be added in subsequent phases.]

Phase II involves five cabin sites and 50 more tent and trailer sites. Phase III adds a further 100 tent and trailer sites, and Phase IV, the final 90 campground sites.

There is no question that this Park will impact the environment, causing the removal of most of the conifer plantation in the area designated for the seasonal campsites, though some landscape restoration is envisioned for the 20m setback from the Ridge.

DISPOSAL OF TINY’S SEPTAGE: Discussions with neighbouring municipalities and the County of Simcoe are still incomplete. Penetanguishene is interested in treating Tiny’s septage only if Tiny is willing to pre-treat its septage to meet its sewer use by-law. Midland is currently engaged in studying “the capacity of their Water Wastewater Treatment Plant to receive and treat septage” including a review of quantities generated by Tiny. So far there has been no meeting with Wasaga Beach. Neither Tay nor the County of Simcoe is a possibility. There is to be a meeting of the Class EA Project Advisory Committee once the preliminary discussions have been completed.

ANDREW DRIVE TEMPORARY SPEED CUSHIONS: As a result of a Policing Committee Resolution and in spite of a staff report, Council decided to provide Temporary Speed Cushions and signage on Andrew Drive at a cost of $7,400, and to ask the Community Policing Committee to do some follow-up to gauge their effectiveness.

ORGANICS PROCESSING: At its meeting on August 11, the Council of the County of Simcoe discussed organics processing. Seven sites at different points around the County have been identified as possibilities.