Council Highlights - December 11, 2017

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Public Meeting

Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (Mair Mills Villages)
Town Planner Mark Bryan gave an overview of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment for Mair Mills Village, which would introduce zone provisions to permit ‘stacked townhouses’, townhouses on a private road’, make changes to lot and yard standards for townhouses and increase the maximum gross leasable area in a convenience commercial zone to 600 square metres. 
Shelley Wells, the Planner for the developer presented the proposed changes to the development, showing several photos of the proposed townhomes.
Neighbours raised concerns about the development’s potential to alter the character of the area and the potential impact on traffic flow.

Consent Agenda (Correspondence)

The following two items were received for information.

Canada Border Services Agency re: CBSA Barrie Office services
Clearview Township re: Representation on Airport Services Board

Corprorate & Community Services Standing Committee

Council approved the Corporate and Community Services Standing Committee report.
Great Lakes Waterfront trail expansion  - Town of Collingwood support for proposed initiative
Council approved the request for support for the GLWT expansion in the Town of Collingwood. Primarily a branding exercise, the proposed route through Collingwood would use existing trails to enhance tourism opportunities and promote regional recreation and active transportation. 
Endorsement of the trail contributes to the feasibility of establishing the route and set the stage for potential future Town involvement in trail development. As part of the partnership program the WRT requires a nominal annual fee of $500 for participation in the Trail as well as assistance with signage and installation, not expected to exceed $2,000.
Inclusivity in the arts: proposed additions to arts policy
Council adopted the proposed additions to several arts policy documents (Arts and Culture Policy, Public Art Policy and Public Art Procedures) that were undertaken to acknowledge and respect the rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to own and control their cultural heritage while encouraging and supporting the creative freedom of all artists.
The amendments are not intended or expected to limit or stifle artistic creativity, but rather to provide guidance and information that results in an appropriate consultation process and an artistic outcome that respects cultural origins. The goal is to continue to be an inclusive and culturally aware community.
Georgian Trail annual operations report
Staff from the three participating partner municipalities contributed to the summary of work completed on the Georgian Trail in 2017. This report is the first Georgian Trail Annual Operations Report since the Georgian Trail Board of Management was dissolved in early 2017.
Work outlined includes monthly inspections, weed and grass control, grading and concrete pads to make benches more accessible.
Pre-budget approval for the purchase of marina docks
The Collingwood Yacht Club plans to return one of their dock ‘spines’ to the basin, which will provide the opportunity for the Town to replace it with a municipal dock, and expand marina facilities for public use, with an additional 22 boat slips.
The annual average waiting list for Collingwood Marina docks contains approximately 70 names. Pre-budget approval is required so that the docks may be ordered and constructed in time for spring to early summer installation.
Council directed staff to proceed with the appropriate procurement processes to acquire these docks.
Partnership with Simcoe Street Theatre
The Parks, Recreation and Culture department was recently presented with the opportunity to assume management of the Simcoe Street Theatre (SST). The SST is a functionally equipped, 100-seat black box theatre adjoined by a gallery space that serves as the ante-room, or lobby, for the theatre.
PRC was able to divert $20,000 per year toward the pilot project and a split of rental revenues is designed to enhance the facility owner’s return on their capital investment in the building, while additionally supporting PRC’s ability to assist with the growth of programs.
A Town-operated visual and performing arts facility has been much discussed over the past several years. Council approved this pilot project, which will allow for a manageable and relatively risk-free entrée into the consistent public programming of a performing arts space that will inform the longer term plan for arts and culture in our community.
Award of Consulting Services for the Provision of a Master Accommodation Plan
The purpose of the Master Accommodation Plan is to forecast the Town’s requirements for the short and long term with respect to Municipal office, workshop and storage space utilization, facility resources, and the ability to provide services. It will identify space accommodation deficiencies, and establish solutions and priorities relating to the creation, consolidation or expansion of the Town’s facilities in consideration of potential future staffing needs. Therefore, it is critical that the Plan includes all Town departments.
After evaluating the proponents, it became apparent that the original budgeted amount was insufficient for a project of this scope. It is recommended that money available from other budgets be transferred to offset the budget for this project. In a recorded vote, Council approved the transfer of funds from other budgets to increase the Master Accommodation Plan project budget.


Marianne Lepa was appointed as a member of the Collingwood Public Library Board.
Leila Goreil was appointed as a member of the Museum Advisory Committee. 
Andrea Leeming was appointed as a member of the Collingwood Heritage Committee. 

Upcoming Council & Standing Committee Meetings

Due to holiday programming, the December 18, 2017 Council Meeting will not be broadcast on Rogers TV.

Meeting Type

Date, time & location

Council Meeting

Monday, December 18 – 5:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee

Monday, January 8, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Community Room, Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie

Council Meeting

Monday, January 15, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

Development & Operations Services Standing Committee

Monday, January 22, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Community Room, Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie



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