Regional Council received several delegations from the Development Community regarding the proposed 2012 Development Charges (DC) By-law. Delegates requested additional time to assess the impacts of the proposed charges; to work with the Region of Peel staff regarding potential solutions, and; to provide a transition period for development applications with current development agreements. Regional Council also received a presentation from Norma Trim, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Commissioner of Corporate Services, outlining the DC reporting and public consultation process, which included technical review with the development community. Regional Council deferred consideration of the proposed by-law to the September 13, 2012, Regional Council meeting and directed staff to meet with representatives from the Building Industry for further discussion.
Pipe Materials for Large Diameter Watermains Hanlan Feedermain and Mississauga City Centre Subtransmission Main
Regional Council received a report from the Commissioner of Public Works, regarding potential materials used for tunnel portions of the watermain’s construction. Regional Council passed a resolution confirming its existing practice of using Concrete Pressure Pipe (CPP) material for all aspects of the Hanlan Feedermain project, including tunnel sections. The Region of Peel will work with local suppliers and manufacturers to deliver and supply Concrete Pressure Pipe used in the project. Furthermore, members of Regional Council will review the cost benefits to the Region meeting a broader objective of optimizing the level of competition for this important project.
Regional Council received a report from the Commissioner of Health Services and the Medical Officer of Health summarizing the findings of the Peel Diabetes Atlas. The prevalence rate of diabetes over the last decade has increased dramatically with the Region of Peel having a higher prevalence rate of diabetes than the Ontario provincial rate. The Atlas is a method to identify the geographic patterns of diabetes in relation to social, environmental and behavioural factors. Mapping of the geographic patterns regarding the prevalence of diabetes in the Region of Peel will help guide prevention and management programming. The Medical Office of Health will present detailed findings from the Peel Diabetes Atlas at the September 13, 2012, Regional Council meeting.
Regional Council approved several new suppliers for the provision of Peel Regional Paramedic uniforms. Twenty-four month contracts were awarded to Marv Holland Apparel Ltd., Outdoor Outfits and R. Nicholls Distributors Inc. New high visibility identification and striping on uniforms is required to meet Canadian Standards Association Guidelines. The suppliers were awarded contracts based on competitive pricing and quality, as well as the technical proficiency of the garments.
Ministry of Infrastructure Population and Employment Forecast Review
Regional Council received a report advising that the provincial Ministry of Infrastructure has launched a review of population and employment growth until 2031, in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). The original Growth Plan for the GGH was released in 2006 and initialized forecasts for single and upper tier municipalities in the GGH. Municipalities use the Growth Plan and its components for planning and growth management within their Official Plans. The Growth Plan forecast is outdated and will be updated to be current with 2011 Census data.
Regional Council received an update on the Families First Program evaluation. The initiative was established on the premise that sole-support parents can exit social assistance programs faster if additional health, employment, recreational and child-care opportunities for children are provided. Program objectives include: increasing children’s competencies and educational achievement, reducing parental stress and improving family well being and social functioning. The program will ultimately reflect the broader transformation of the social assistance system.