FoTTSA Report on Council – Meetings May 18, 19 and 21, 2021

Committee of the Whole Meeting: May 19, 2021: 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Regular Meeting of Council: May 19, 2021: 12:18 – 12:32 p.m.

Special Meeting of Council: May 4, 2021: cancelled.

Special Meeting of Council: May 18: 9:00 a.m. – 11:24 a.m.  New Zoning By-law Workshop.

Special Meeting of Council: May 21: 1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

 All members of Council present.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Virtual Town Hall – Saturday, June 12, 2021, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament (to raise $50,000) – September 10, 2021, at the Orr Lake Golf Club
  • Visit the Township’s COVID-19 webpage at www.ca/coronavirus for municipal service impacts and updates
  • Tiny Connect – Sign up now at tinyconnect.ca

NEW ZONING BY-LAW WORKSHOP: This was presented by Jamie Robinson and Wes Crown of MHBC Planning – MHBC previously updated the Township’s Official Plan (OP). The New Zoning By-law has, as a primary goal, implementing policies and updates in the new OP.

FoTTSA notes: MHBC’s views about “emerging themes in community planning” are of particular interest:

  • Protection of groundwater relative to Permit to Take Water applications with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP): “Wes Crown … indicated that the provincial hierarchy puts a high regard on aggregate resource extraction and that municipalities not overly regulate this use, as such, it is a balancing exercise.”
  • Short Term Rentals: would not be addressed in the Zoning By-law as there are other more efficient mechanisms in place. Spatial separation will be looked into. MHBC does not recommend the use of an interim control by-law (ICBL) as another ICBL cannot be enacted for that particular area for 3-5 years and there is a requirement to undertake a study.
  • Cannabis cultivation and production: MHBC recommends including some regulations for farming operations, but no specific regulations for the commercial retailing of cannabis.
  • Backyard chickens: MHBC recommended using a temporary use by-law to permit them for three years as a pilot project.
  • Outdoor lighting: could be regulated through site plan controls for commerce and industry, while lighting guidelines and best practices could be developed for residential uses.
  • Flooding regulations and setbacks: these have been established by the province.
  • Septage: dealt with in the new OP by requiring an OP and Zoning By-law amendment for this kind of use.

Next steps:

  • Release of the final version of Technical Memorandum #1 for Public Review & Comment.
  • Release of an Online Survey Preparation of the First Draft of the New Zoning By-law.

STATEMENT OF DIVERSITY: This document begins: “The Township of Tiny commits itself to the creation of an environment free of discrimination while advancing equality and inclusion. Our Township understands that differences exist in the lived experiences of its residents and can be influenced by multiple factors. It is our mission to be transparent and accountable in the way we provide services, design policies and programs, and interact with staff and residents.”  The balance of the statement continues in that spirit.

 JACKSON PARK BOAT LAUNCH USER FEES: Staff and Council are to develop the budget and process for a 2022 launch of this program.  So, this year, fees remain as established in the township’s fee schedule.

RECOMMENDED MAYOR’S CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT RECIPIENTS SUPPORTED:

Angels with Backpacks                                             $2,000

Askennonia Senior Centre                                       $2,500

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe             $2,500

Boys and Girls Clubs of North Simcoe                  $2,500

CLH Foundation                                                        $1,500

Gateway Centre for Learning                                  $2,500

Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre                   $5,000

Hospice Huronia                                                       $2,000

Huronia Community Foundation                            $2,000

MTM Conservation Association                              $1,500

Quest Art School + Gallery                                     $2,000

Scientists in School                                                   $3,000

Sistema Huronia Music Academy                           $2,500

Special Olympics Ontario                                        $2,000

We Are The Villagers                                               $2,500

Wendat Community  Programs                             $2,200

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre                                     $1,000

MINUTES OF SETTLEMENTSPECIAL MEETING MAY 21, 2021: After the in camera meeting with Sarah Hahn of Barriston Law regarding the Teedon Pit Permit to Take Water and the Teedon Pit Extension Aggregate Resources Act Application, three members of Council (Mayor Cornell, Deputy Mayor Walma, and Councillor Hastings) voted in favour of having Ms Hahn proceed as directed with regard to the Teedon Pit Permit to Take Water.  The same three members voted in favour of having Ms Hahn proceed as directed with regard to the Teedon Pit Extension Aggregate Resources Act Application. In both cases, Councillors Mintoff and Wishart voted against. Confidential Report PD-027-21 regarding the Aggregate Resources Act Application was then made public. This Report concluded that “All outstanding technical issues have been satisfactorily addressed, therefore, staff recommend that Council direct Barriston to prepare Minutes of Settlement with CRH and report back to Council.”