Council Highlights - March 27, 2017

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  • Collingwood General & Marine Hospital, Thom Paterson, CGMH Board Chair and Jory Pritchard-Kerr, Executive Director, CGMH Foundation
Mr. Paterson highlighted that the hospital has not lost sight of healthcare as the priority - patients first. He outlined the history of meetings between the hospital and Town over the last nine months and confirmed the hospital began preparation for Stage 2 submission in January, but based on Town’s Planning staff’s advice they put that on hold. Mr. Paterson concluded we cannot spiral down to a case of patients vs. planning policy.
Jory Pritchard-Kerr, said their goal is to come to a consensus and to create the best possible future for their patients and re-iterated we all agree that we need a new hospital. “We can also agree that the final site selection for the hospital will be made by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care,” said Ms. Pritchard-Kerr. She asked Council to give the same due diligence and thoughtfulness to Poplar site as was given to the Hume Street site to come up with the best possible Stage 2 submission.
  • Hospital4Collingwood, Robert Mooy
Mr. Mooy presented on behalf of citizens who wish to have the new hospital built on the current site and showed several options for locations on the existing site and existing/expanded site which have sufficient room to build a new hospital. “Collingwood has been commended for building such a positive health care campus,” said Mr. Mooy. However, he questioned why the hospital has not followed the provincial planning policies and have not yet submitted planning applications to the municipality for consideration.
Staff Report & Presentation – Hospital Redevelopment
CAO2017-01               Potential Implications of Councillor Lloyd’s Motion
CAO Brown summarized his report reviewing potential implications of the motion provided by Councillor Lloyd and introduced the following presenters to assist in clarifying the processes:
  • Municipal Legal Review, Aird & Berlis, John Mascarin
Mr. Mascarin summarized his legal opinion that Town staff and Council have acted in accordance with provincial policy and continue to fulfil their role in the process by conducting their due diligence.  Mr. Mascarin confirmed the actions of the Town were taken in the proper context and the Town cannot merely rubber stamp the proposal. A municipality must act in accordance with the public interest and consider all matters.
Mr. Mascarin also discussed potential expropriation of lands surrounding the existing hospital. The municipality can expropriate land and the hospital can also expropriate land. Mr. Mascarin explained the steps that it would take and that it could be as quick as 6 to 8 months.  He also reminded Council and the public that the necessary lands could be acquired outside of the expropriation process.
  • County of Simcoe, Planning Department, David Parks, Director of Planning Development & Tourism
Mr. Parks confirmed the County acts as representative of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing at the local level. He has reviewed the Town and County Official Plan. Their role is initially to determine whether applications they receive are complete. Mr. Parks stated, “In this circumstance our collective opinion is that a Municipal Comprehensive Review is required.” It would be incomplete without it. We understand the hospital is important to the community. We want to be fair to the community, fair to everyone. He further stated that for transparency, the County will require an MCR.
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, Mark Christie, Manager, Community Planning & Development
Mr. Christie addressed Council, confirming the Province puts in place land use policy to govern the creation of complete communities. This policy lead system looks at every aspect that creates a community, including location of hospitals. Mr. Christie stated, “I can tell you that the County of Simcoe and local planning officials have properly assessed the policy framework put out by the province and the process by which it is to be implemented, and that would include a municipal comprehensive review to properly assess uses of the employment lands and any conversion of employment lands to any other uses.”
  • Grosso McCarthy Inc.,Francesca Grosso, Principal
Ms. Grosso advised she has worked with the Ministry of Health and as a consultant with hospitals and communities that have went through hospital builds for many years and is Vice Chair of the Board of Patients Canada. Ms. Grosso provided an overview of the hospital redevelopment issues in Collingwood and gave her perspective that this is not a project only about patients - It is a project about citizens - a project about a hospital in a greater community. Ms. Grosso confirmed the Capital hospital process is extremely long and it is not unusual for a hospital redevelopment process to take in excess of 10 years. She implored everyone, “If you have to choose between fast and right, you choose right because fast is not going to get your hospital built faster...what will hold your project up is the perception that due diligence was not conducted.”
Alignment is not about everybody agreeing on a site.  What the MOHLTC is looking for in alignment is to understand the other perspective. The hospital has an interest, but the municipality has a lot of interests. Ms. Grosso confirmed, “It is absolutely definitely possible to redevelop a 20 acre site for 153 beds.” The hospital and Town can continue to this process without having to declare a specific site at this time. What will hold up your application is the perception that collaboration has not taken place.
Council received Staff Report CAO2017-01 for information.
  • The motion to enacta by-law to amend the budget estimates by up to $300,000 (as per Staff Report CAO2017-01 was deferred until May 8, 2017.)
  • Notice Provided by Councillor Lloyd - March 13, 2017 – Deferred until May 8, 2017
WHEREAS Council of the Town of Collingwood passed Resolution 311-16, on September 12, 2016 to support the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Board Trustee’s decision to submit its stage 1A Master Program and Stage 1B Master Plan on September 30th, 2016 to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, which includes their preferred site and other viable options;
AND WHEREAS Collingwood General & Marine Hospital is the single largest employer in the Town of Collingwood, employing 550 staff, 400 volunteers; 96 physicians, midwives and dentists; with 175 anticipated new jobs over the next decade;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council of the Corporation of the Town of Collingwood direct staff to commence the process to consider revisions to the Town of Collingwood Official Plan and Zoning By-laws to include Hospitals and other related medical uses as may be necessary to support the redevelopment of the Hospital on their preferred Greenfield Site.
AND FURTHER THAT staff report back to Council on May 8th, 2017 on their actions, progress, findings and related go-forward work plan to consider said amendments. 
Consent Agenda (Correspondence)
Items A1 to A7 were received for information.
Standing Committee Reports
Council received the Development & Operations Services Standing Committee report from the meeting held March 20, 2017.
Staff Reports
The following Staff Reports were approved:
P2017-07        Charleston Homes Plan of Subdivision Draft Approval
P2017-08        Charleston Homes Plan of Subdivision Zoning By-law Amendment
P2017-09        Authorization By-law to execute a Site Plan Control Agreement; BMC Auto-body Repair (2965 Sixth Line)
P2017-10        Authorization By-law to execute a Site Plan Control Agreement; Authorization to enact and pass a Deeming By-law; SL Equities Commercial Building (10 Balsam Street)
T2017-05         2016 Statement of Remuneration Paid to Council and Appointed Board Members
By-laws were passed to appoint members to the Accessibility Advisory Committee, Collingwood Heritage Committee, Museum Advisory Committee and Trails Advisory Committee.
Upcoming Council & Standing committee meetings
Meeting Type
Date, time & location
Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee
Monday, April 3 – 5:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Community Room, Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie
Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee
Tuesday, April 4 – 1:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street
Monday, April 10 – 5:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street
Development & Operations Services Standing Committee
Wednesday, April 19 – 5:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Community Room, Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie
Monday, April 24 – 5:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street
Agendas and Minutes are available online at:
For more information, contact:
Communications Officer
Christa Carter
705-445-1030 Ext. 3293
Sara Almas
705-445-1030 Ext. 3225
Sandra Cooper
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