PUBLIC MEETING

THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF PEEL

MINUTES

Thursday, June 21, 2007

PURPOSE:

To hold a Public Meeting pursuant to Section 17 (15) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended, to consider an application by the Town of Caledon to amend the Regional Official Plan

 

 

1. ROLL CALL

 
Members Present:
G. Carlson, C. Corbasson, F. Dale, G. Gibson, A. Groves, N. Iannicca*, E. Kolb, K. Mahoney, S. McFadden, G. Miles, E. Moore, M. Morrison, P. Mullin, P. Palleschi, C. Parrish*, R. Paterak, M. Prentice, P. Saito, J. Sanderson, J. Sprovieri, A. Thompson, R. Whitehead
 
 
Members Absent:

E. Adams, S. Fennell, H. McCallion

 
 
Also Present:

D. Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; D. Labrecque, Chief Financial Officer; L.  Nashman, Commissioner of Employee and Business Services; M. Zamojc, Commissioner of Environment, Transportation and Planning Services; J. Smith, Commissioner of Health Services; N.  Tunnacliffe, Executive Director, Environment, Transportation and Planning Services; J. Menard, Executive Director, Human Services; Dr.   D. Mowat, Medical Officer of Health; P. O’Connor, Director, Legal Services; C. Gravlev, Regional Clerk; J. Ireland, Committee Clerk

   

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*See text for arrivals
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2. OPENING OF PUBLIC MEETING

Regional Chair Kolb called the public meeting to order at 9:32 a.m. in the Council Chamber, Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton. He stated that the public meeting was open and was being held pursuant to Section 17 (15) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended.

The Regional Chair stated that if a person or public body, regarding this amendment, does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions before this proposed Official Plan Amendment is adopted by the Regional Municipality of Peel, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Region of Peel on this amendment to the Ontario Municipal Board. Also, those who do not make oral submissions at this meeting or written submissions to the Region before the adoption of the amendment may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the OMB unless the board feels there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party to the hearing.

Councillor Iannicca arrived at 9:36 a.m.
Councillor Parrish arrived at 9:37 a.m.


3. CONFIRMATION OF NOTIFICATION

Charlotte Gravlev, Regional Clerk stated that Notice of the Public Meeting was given in accordance with Section 17 (15) of the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, as amended, by publication in the following news media:

Brampton Guardian - May 30, 2007
Caledon Enterprise - May 30, 2007
Caledon Citizen - May 30, 2007

Further, it was noted that Notice of the Public Meeting was posted on the Regional website as of May 28, 2007 (www.peelregion.ca) and the Draft Official Plan Amendment was available to the public on the website as of June 1, 2007.


4. FURTHER NOTICE REQUEST

The Regional Chair stated that if any person would like further notice of the future passage of this proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA), that they should give their full name, address, postal code, and telephone number, in writing, at the Clerk’s reception counter prior to leaving the meeting.


5. STAFF PRESENTATIONS

a) Kennedy Self, Planning Manager, Development Planning Services, Regarding the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA)

 Received

Kennedy Self, Planning Manager, Development Planning Services Division, outlined the proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA). He advised that the Town of Caledon application requests the Region of Peel to indicate with an asterisk on a schedule, the allocation of 3,900 population to the west side of Highway 10 in the vicinity of the Mayfield West development area. Kennedy Self noted that the proposed amendment had been circulated to a number of agencies, and that comments had been received from some of those agencies. He further noted that, if adopted, the proposed amendment would amend Schedules B and D to the Regional Official Plan.


6. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

a) Oral Submissions

 i) Lynda Townsend, Solicitor, Townsend, Roger LLP, Speaking on behalf of Solmar Development Corporation, Advising of Concerns Regarding the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA)

Received

See also Item 6b-x

Lynda Townsend, Solicitor, Townsend, Roger LLP, advised that her client, Solmar Development Corporation, owns a number of properties within the Town of Caledon. She advised that her client has been awaiting the release of growth and employment forecasts for the Town prior to moving ahead with certain development projects. She advised that such employment and growth forecasts, as well as studies required for the Places to Grow Growth Plan have not been completed by the Town, and that further developments and population allocations such as the one requested by the Town through the proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) are premature prior to the completion of such studies.

Lynda Townsend advised that her client had retained the consulting firm Hemson Consulting to undertake research regarding proposed growth and development in the Town, and that she had provided copies of the subject report to members of Regional Council and staff, as well as to Town Council and staff. She advised that Town Council had agreed to have staff review the Hemson report, and report back on November 6, 2007. She requested that Regional Council not consider the proposed ROPA for approval until after November 6, 2007 when the required studies and policy framework could be developed and approved.

Additional Items - Items 6a-ii and 6a-iii:

ii) Kelly Darnley, President and CEO, Caledon Chamber of Commerce, Providing Comments Regarding a Letter and a Report by urbanMetrics Inc. Submitted to Regional Council for Review and Consideration

Received

 See also Item 6b-xi

 Kelly Darnley, President and CEO, Caledon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), advised that the CCC has concerns about the growth strategies of the Town of Caledon, including the proposed allocation of 3,900 population to the Mayfield Station lands. She advised that the CCC hired the firm urbanMetrics Inc. to provide a review of the concerns presented by the CCC, and that urbanMetrics confirmed the suggestion of the CCC that expansion of population and employment lands in Bolton, particularly in the South Albion area, should be given priority in order to ensure an adequate population to support the local economy. Currently, further expansion of the urban boundary in the Bolton area is not slated until after 2021, and she requested, should the Mayfield West rural service centre boundary be further expanded to include the lands west of Highway 10, that the Bolton urban boundary be expanded as well.

Kelly Darnley asked that the Town and the Region consider both the urbanMetrics and the Hemson reports prior to consideration of the adoption of the proposed Official Plan Amendment (OPA) and Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA), and that the proposed expansion of the population lands in the Mayfield West area be considered in the context of the policy planning for all of the Town of Caledon, and not as an isolated case.

 iii) Glen Schnarr, Partner, Glen Schnarr and Associates, Inc., Providing Comments on the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA), on behalf of his clients, the “Mayfield Station Group”

Received

Glen Schnarr, Partner, Glen Schnarr and Associates Inc., advised that he represents the proponent for the proposed local OPA and resulting ROPA, the Mayfield Station Group. He advised that the allocation of population to the west side of Highway 10 in the Mayfield study area, in addition to the population allocated to the Mayfield West development area, was provided for in Town of Caledon OPA 203. He reminded members of Regional Council that the current growth forecasts for the Mayfield West development area suggest that the population of Mayfield West will eventually be the same as the community of Bolton. He asked Regional Council to keep in mind that the requested allocation of 3,900 population to the Mayfield Station lands is based on previous planning considerations, and should not be considered an entirely new request.

 b) Written Submissions

i) Ken Whitbread, Manager, Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC), Letter dated May 7, 2007, Providing Comments on the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA)

Referred to Environment, Transportation and Planning Services

ii) Ted Lagakos, Project Manager, Corridor Management Section, Ministry of Transportation, Ontario (MTO), Letter dated May 8, 2007, Advising that the MTO Has No Objections in Principle to the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA), and that Provincial Review, Approvals and Permits will be Required for any Proposed Improvements in the Vicinity of Highway 10

Received

iii) Ron Miller, Acting Manager, Long Range Planning, City of Mississauga, Letter dated May 9, 2007, Advising that the City of Mississauga will Provide Comments on the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) in July 2007

Received

iv) Paul Mountford, Intermediate Planning Officer, Peel District School Board (PDSB), Letter dated May 9, 2007, Advising that the PDSB Has No Concerns Regarding the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA)

Received

v) Heather Konefat, Director, Community Planning, York Region, Letter dated May 22, 2007, Advising that York Region Has No Objections Regarding the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA)

Received

vi) Caroline McKee, Planner, and Mark Head, Principal Planner, Planning Policy and Research Division, Region of Peel, Letter dated May 18, 2007, Advising that the Planning, Policy and Research Division is not Currently in a Position to Comment on the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA)

Received

vii) John La Chapelle, Manager, Development and Municipal Services-Ontario, Bell Canada, Letter dated May 28, 2007, Advising that Bell Canada Has No Comments Regarding the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA)

Received

viii) Stephanie Cox, Planner, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB), Letter dated May 29, 2007, Advising that the DPCDSB Has No Concerns Regarding the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA)

Received

ix) Michelle Moretti, Planner, Municipal Services Office – Central Region, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), Letter dated June 12, 2007, Advising that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will Provide Comments on the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) through the “One-Window” Commenting Process

Received

Additional Items – Items 6b-x to 6b-xii inclusive:

x) Lynda Townsend, Solicitor, Townsend, Roger LLP, Letter dated June 19, 2007, Requesting, on Behalf of Solmar Development, that Consideration of the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) be Deferred

Referred to Environment, Transportation and Planning Services

See also Item 6a-i

 xi) Kelly Darnley, President and CEO, Caledon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) , Letter dated June 19, 2007, Requesting that the Region of Peel Consider the Concerns Raised by the CCC in the Attached Report by urbanMetrics Inc., Prior to Approving the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA)

Referred to Environment, Transportation and Planning Services

See also Item 6a-ii

xii) Chris Hibberd, Senior Planner, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), Letter dated June 20, 2007, Providing Comments on the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) and Advising that CVC has No Objections to the Proposed Amendment in Principle

Referred to Environment, Transportation and Planning Services

 

7. CONCLUSION AND CLOSING OF PUBLIC MEETING

Regional Chair Kolb advised those in attendance that comments and submissions will be taken into consideration and a final report will be considered by Regional Council at a future meeting.


8. ADJOURNMENT

Regional Chair Kolb officially closed the meeting at 9:55 a.m.



RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED:



Regional Clerk