Regional Council approved the release of $300,000 from previously approved funds to allow staff to proceed with continued coordination with the Ontario Heritage Trust (OHT) and the Cheltenham Badlands Management Planning Team (CBMPT), with respect to the parking lot at the Cheltenham Badlands.
On April 24, 2014 Regional Council approved $1 million for construction of a 33 vehicle parking lot adjacent to the Badlands on property owned by the OHT. Safety measures have been implemented on Olde Base Line Road in the vicinity of the Badlands, including a speed limit reduction, 'SLOW' pavement markings, electronic signs and speed cushions. Regional Council also approved the implementation of 'No Stopping' prohibitions on the north and south sides of Olde Base Line Road in the vicinity of the Badlands, in conjunction with Ontario Heritage Trust's construction of a fence and temporary closure of the site.
The CBMPT will continue to work on the development of a Master Plan for the site to ensure the lot is integrated into the overall Master Plan.
Regional Council received an update on air quality modelling and monitoring for the Region of Peel. Concern about air quality is long- standing in the Region of Peel. Understanding air quality is important to managing growth in a healthy and sustainable manner. The Region of Peel has undertaken an air modelling and monitoring program to predict air quality on the local, regional and long-range scale. Results indicate that air quality in Mississauga and Brampton is similar to its large urban neighbours and Caledon experiences marginally better air quality than in the southern part of the region.
Air quality modelling is a valuable tool as it can provide information on existing air quality at a point, as well as predicting change over time. Model runs can be updated quickly and cost-effectively, providing a "living" picture of the state of air quality in the Region of Peel.
Regional Council approved changes to the Home in Peel Affordable Ownership Program.
The Home in Peel (HIP) program provides low-to-moderate income earners with down payment loan assistance to purchase a home in Peel. Since 2008, 514 individuals and families purchased their first home through the program. In the fall of 2014, a program evaluation was conducted that reinforced the value of the program and provided insight for program changes. Changes to the maximum home price, family income and loan assistance were recommended. As previously approved by Council, $3.6 million will be allocated to Home in Peel between 2015 and 2018. Participants will have greater access to affordable ownership options over the 3 year period.
Early Learning and Child Care Funding and Policy Framework
Regional Council approved a new policy framework for licensed child care, thereby permitting licensed for - profit child care providers to apply for fee subsidy arrangements with the Region of Peel.
In 2013, a new provincial Child Care Funding Formula and Framework required Services Managers to develop a local General Operating policy to help support system and stabilization. In Peel, an interim grant helped stabilize 47 non-profit licensed providers from the impact of Full-day Kindergarten while a local funding and policy framework was developed. Peel's Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Funding and Policy Framework will support system stabilization, enhancing funding accountability and increase parental choice.
This new funding Framework will support licensed providers with broad operating costs, prioritize younger age group programs and non-profit providers, and help mitigate unexpected costs that affect business viability. New Funding accountability requirements will mean a more consistent and streamlined approach for providers and better outcomes for children and families.