20,000 Simcoe Population Allocation
Further to Mayor French’s summary regarding this in this edition, the positive teamwork of the Township staff, our lawyer and Council resulted in a comprehensive briefing document which was prepared and presented to all applicants and County councilors regarding the background and issues surrounding this. The presentations and discussions at the hearing were well handled by our lawyer and I was pleased that the majority of County councilors considered the position taken by Springwater and supported its position.
An OMB motion, scheduled for July 18-22, 2016, will review and rule on the question the jurisdiction of the County decisions on the additional allocation applications.
Stonemanor Woods development
The developers had applied for a zoning amendment to allow for an extra 35 residential lots, taking the total to 695 lots on full buildout, by replacing a number of 85 foot lots with 42 and 52 foot lots. Council referred the matter back to staff to work with the developer and come forward with further ideas in a report. The revised subdivision plan results in 24 additional lots totaling 684 lots. The overall lot density of the subdivision has been reduced. Additional improvements are proposed related to the augmentation of the existing 6 metre tree buffer, front-ending for traffic light installation at the intersection of Dobson Road/Sunnidale Road, enhancements to the environmental corridor and acknowledgement that Phase 1 and 2 will not be subject to further lot changes. As a result of addressing the major issues, staff recommends approving the proposed amended by law and this will be reviewed by Council this week.
Long Range Financial Plan (LRFP)
On June 6th there will be an All Stakeholders meeting, including the public, from 6 to 8pm at the Township, to discuss the recommendations and policies and answer questions.
On June 15th, Council will review and approve the final policies and recommendations related to the LRFP.
Finance and Audit Committee
Council agreed to add the 2015 operating surplus of $258,000 to the newly created Capital Infrastructure Reserve to offset growing infrastructure deficits which brings it to a total of approximately $358,000. You will recall that for the first time in 2016, Council implemented setting aside 1% of the 2016 tax increase (approximately $98,000) to start this reserve. This is good fiscal responsibility.