Council Highlights - July 23, 2018

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Public Meeting
Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (Blackmoor Gates)
Town Planner Trevor Houghton gave an overview of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment for Blackmoor Gates. 

Concerns were raised by neighbours about the proposed density, stormwater management and traffic concerns.

Supporters noted that the development was appealing, promoted a community feeling, and the affordability of the proposed homes.

Council raised questions about the ability of emergency vehicles to access the development, as well as the provisions for stormwater management.

Proposed Official Plan Amendment (Source Water Protection)

Director of Planning & Building Services, Nancy Farrer gave an overview of the proposed official plan amendment which will add Source Water protection policies and mapping to the Town’s Official Plan.

The proposed amendment will also incorporate a number of additional changes to bring the Official Plan into greater conformity with the 2017 Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.  These changes include updates to the contaminated lands policies and the employment lands policies.

Consent Agenda
The following four items were received for information. 
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit re: Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy Action Plan
  • Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society (NLPS) Press Release re: transfer of ownership of the lighthouse property
  • Office of the Mayor Proclamation of July 30 to August 12, 2018, as “Fierté Simcoe Pride” in the Town of Collingwood
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit re: A Public Health Approach to Drug Policy Reform

Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee

Council approved the Collingwood Downtown BIA Board minutes from June 13, 2018, including the following recommendation:

THAT the Collingwood Downtown BIA Board recommends to Council that the Public Appointee position not be replaced due to the time remaining in this term.

The Chair advised that the Public Appointee member has handed in a letter of resignation. This leaves the Board with nine appointed members.

Council approved the Trails Advisory Committee minutes from June 14, 2018, including the following recommendation:

THAT the Trails Advisory Committee recommend to Council that a program be established to remove all existing old catch basin grates (parallel line grate pattern) on municipal roadways and replace them with the newer design (V shape grate design), be subject to an inventory of old “non bicycle proof” catch basin grates to be undertaken in 2019.

The Trails Advisory Committee has become aware that a number of old-style catch basin grates, which can present a hazard to cyclists due to their parallel line grate pattern, are still in place on Town roads.

Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee

Sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport

Council voted to authorize the sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport, and enact the necessary by-law to authorize the execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement once the agreement is in a form and content to the satisfaction of the CAO and our Solicitor with such changes as they may consider reasonable.

It was noted that the proceeds of the sale will be placed in the Land Acquisition Fund until a decision is made as to where the funds will be allocated. The agreement is expected to be signed soon and the name of the buyer and the purchase price will be released at that time.

Staff Reports

174 St. Paul Street

Council voted to deny the demolition permit for the house at 174 St. Paul Street.


Council voted to waive notice, and voted unanimously in support of the following motion regarding the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital.

WHEREAS the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (the “CGMH”) submitted Stage 1 a) and b) applications to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (the “Ministry”) for the redevelopment of the Hospital in September, 2016; AND
WHEREAS the CGMH has identified the Poplar Sideroad site as the Preferred Site;
AND WHEREAS by motion dated September 12, 2016 this Council unanimously supported the CGMH in submitting the Stage 1 applications to the Ministry including the selection of the Poplar Sideroad as the preferred site;
AND WHEREAS by motion dated September 11, 2017, this Council unanimously resolved to support the CGMH in any way possible to progress to Stage 2 of the 5 stage redevelopment process;
AND WHEREAS by motion dated January 29, 2018, this Council unanimously voted to pre-approve up to $150,000 in the 2018 budget to assist the CGMH with expenses incurred in the Stage 1 process and Collingwood is the only municipality to have made such a pledge in support of the hospital redevelopment process;
AND WHEREAS it is agreed by the Province and the County of Simcoe that the Poplar Sideroad site will require extensive planning applications and processes including a Municipal Comprehensive Review to convert the Poplar Sideroad site from Employment Lands;
AND WHEREAS the Municipal Comprehensive Review is now the responsibility of the County of Simcoe and will require significant time and expense to complete;
AND WHEREAS the Provincial Government has the authority to designate the Poplar Sideroad site as the site for the new hospital and bypass all municipal and regional planning processes by Ministerial Order as was done with the siting of the John Di Poce Campus of Georgian College;
AND WHEREAS the Province has a new Conservative Government and Simcoe Grey MPP Jim Wilson has publicly stated that building a new hospital in Collingwood is one of his priorities and that he supports the Poplar Sideroad site; NOW
THEREFORE be it resolved that this Council direct staff to send a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, the Minister of Finance, and Simcoe Grey MPP Jim Wilson requesting the Province consider issuing a Ministerial Order designating the Poplar Sideroad site as the location for the new hospital;
AND THAT staff send copies of the letter to the surrounding municipalities of Clearview, Wasaga Beach, The Town of the Blue Mountains and Grey Highlands, and to the County of Simcoe and the County of Grey with a request that each Municipality and County write a letter to the Province in support of this request.  

Council voted to waive notice and voted in favour of the following motion:

WHEREAS the Province of Ontario does not authorize the municipalities of Ontario to develop and implement independent property tax deferral programs;

AND WHEREAS the City of Toronto (City of Toronto Act, 2006) and the Province of  British Columbia permit municipal property tax deferral programs;

AND WHEREAS municipal property tax deferral programs allow municipalities to direct assistance to seniors, families and other residential taxpayers at risk based on terms and conditions specific to each municipality's sustainable community strategies and priorities;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council request the County of Simcoe and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) to pursue and advocate the Government of the Province of Ontario for the right of Ontario municipalities to develop and implement independent municipal tax deferral programs.


Council passed a by-law to appoint a Leah Hewgill as a Building Inspector for the Town of Collingwood. Leah's first day with the Town will be Monday, July 30.

Upcoming Council & Standing Committee Meetings

All Standing Committee meetings will now be held in Council Chambers (Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street) to allow for the meetings to be broadcast on Rogers TV and live streamed to The meeting videos will also be posted to after the meetings conclude. Council Meetings will continue to be held in Council Chambers and will continue to be broadcast and live streamed.
Development & Operations Services Standing Committee
Monday, August 13 – 5:00 p.m.
Council Meeting
Monday, August 27 – 5:00 p.m.
Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee
Wednesday, September 5 – 5:00 p.m.
Council Meeting
Monday, September 10 – 5:00 p.m.
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Communications Officer
Jennett Mays
705-445-1030 Ext. 3293
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Sandra Cooper