November 21, 2011 Planning and Development Council Minutes


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A meeting of Council with regard to planning and development matters was held Monday, November 21, 2011 in the Council Chambers, Town Hall, Collingwood commencing at 5:00pm.
Members of Council Present:                      
Mayor Cooper
Deputy Mayor Lloyd
Councillor Edwards
Councillor Lloyd  
Councillor Chadwick
Councillor Hull
Councillor West
Councillor Cunningham
Councillor Gardhouse
Staff Present:            
Kimberly Wingrove, Chief Administrative Officer
Sara Almas, Clerk
Ed Houghton, Executive Director of Public Works 
Larry Irwin, Director of Information Technology
Marta Proctor, Director of Leisure Services (Regrets)
Marjory Leonard, Treasurer (Regrets)
Nancy Farrer, Director of Planning Services
Trent Elyea, Fire Chief (Regrets)
No. 490         Moved by Deputy Mayor Lloyd
                    Seconded by Councillor Edwards
THAT the content of the Council – Planning and Development Agenda for November 21, 2011 be adopted as amended: that the Heritage Committee recommendation include the preparation of the site specific amendments along with a peer review for the Admiral Collingwood Development, and the motion of Councillor Lloyd and notice of motion by Councillor Gardhouse are withdrawn and removed from the agenda.
Public Meeting Concerning Revisions to the Tree By-law
  • Mayor Cooper welcomed those in attendance and introduced the Public Meeting format.
Ms. Nancy Farrer, Director of Planning Services, outlined the purpose of the Public Meeting, being to solicit input and feedback from the public on the regulation and enforcement of tree cutting on private property, commercial, industrial and residential property, when and why permits should be required, the creation of a tree inventory, planting of replacement trees, and regulations on public property. 
Ms. Farrer reviewed the details of the current Tree Preservation By-law, By-law No. 03-37, which applies to lots larger than .5 hectares and the benefits of trees and tree canopy within a community.  Ms. Farrer further discussed the tree canopy study that was completed in 2009, indicating that the Town had a 29% tree canopy cover based on 2008 aerial data.
Ms. Farrer noted the comments received from Envision Tatham and the Heritage Advisory Committee.
Mayor Cooper called for comments from the public.
Mr. Peter Mason advised Council that he does not believe there is a problem preserving our trees in Town and that he does not support establishing a by-law to regulate tree destruction (particularly on private/residential property).   Trees on development lands should be regulated through the Site Plan control process. Mr. Mason further cautioned that the by-law may make trees an additional liability for the municipality, if the municipality is involved with the process.  In addition, he feels that more trees are being replanted than destroyed and that it is a costly endeavour to have a tree removed, and that the additional bureaucracy seemed unnecessary.  If a by-law was implemented, it may in fact discourage the public from replanting/planting trees because they would not want to deal with the removal process in the future.
Mr. Don Kerr, on behalf of the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation, advised Council that their Foundation supports the preservation of trees and would like to see a successful and efficient Tree Cutting By-law.   Mr. Kerr requested further time to review and comment on any future proposed amendments.
Mr. Alex Besse, addressed Council and noted that he had prepared the first version of the tree by-law when acting as the Town’s Solicitor in 2003.  Mr. Besse advised Council of the research and discussion that went into that document at the time.  Mr. Besse expressed concern with implementing a by-law that would affect individual residential lots, noting it is complex and costly to administer. He asked Council what the compelling reason would be to enact a by-law regulating residential lots. Mr. Besse requested Council monitor our tree canopy and any issues and determine if there is a problem prior to implementing a by-law.  Mr. Besse further endorsed the comments provided by Mr. Mason.
Mr. Peter Osmond advised Council to further support the comments provided by Mr. Peter Mason and Mr. Alex Besse.   Mr. Osmond noted that if trees are removed during a residential development project that there are generally 10 times more (and quality) trees replanted during the homeowners and developers landscaping and beautification efforts.  Mr. Osmond does not support implementing complicated tree by-laws, and is concerned with how a by-law would be created that would address “real world” scenarios.
Mr. George Powell of 1 Niagara Street noted his support for a tree preservation by-law and further supported implementing a tree inventory. Mr. Powell encouraged Council and Staff to develop a pro-active by-law that would encourage residents to protect and (re)plant trees.  Mr. Powell also noted that a significant number of trees are located on municipal property that should also be protected.
Mayor Cooper closed the public session at 5:42pm and reminded the public that written submissions will be received until November 25th, 2011 at 12:00 pm and that there is a survey available to the public on the Town’s website under Planning Services.
Staff addressed questions and comments from Council.
Council requested clarification of the following matters and that they be included, if possible, in the subsequent staff report: 
  1. Canopy coverage in similar type small Towns in Ontario.
  2. Policies with respect to preservation of boulevard trees (on public property).
  3. Do we know the breakdown of the 29% of the canopy coverage (i.e. new or old growth)?
  4. What is the resource allocation needed to administer and enforce a residential tree by-law?
  5. Do we have historical information on our tree canopy over the last 25 years?
  6. Do we have a tree replanting program or methods to encourage residents to plant trees? 
  7. Need to focus on commercial tree destruction by-laws that are simple and effective.
  8. What is the cost to develop and maintain a tree inventory?
  9. Examples of pro-active approaches to preserve our trees.
The Public Meeting closed at 5:53 pm.
Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting Concerning a Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (Pretty River Estates)
  • Mayor Cooper welcomed those in attendance and introduced the Public Meeting format.
  • Clerk Sara Almas confirmed that notice had been provided with respect to the planning application being heard this evening, in accordance with the Planning Act. These notices were provided October 28th, 2011.
The proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (Town File: D14611) pertains to lands situated within the Pretty River Estates subdivision (registered Plan 51M-945), north of Poplar Side Road and approximately 200 m to the east of Hurontario Street.  The lands are legally described as Lots 68 to 75 Registered Plan 51M-945, in the Town of Collingwood and County of Simcoe and front onto Robertson Street.  The parcels of land arepresently designated in the Town of Collingwood Official Plan as Low Density Residential.  The subject lands are presently zoned in the Town of Collingwood Zoning By-law No. 2010-040, as amended, Residential Second Density Exception Twenty-Two (R2-22). 
The purpose and effect of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone the subject lands from the Residential Second Density Exception (R2-22) zone to a Residential Third Density Exception (R3-XX) zone to permit the creation of 15 building lots, with minimum lot frontages of 10 metres and minimum exterior sideyard setbacks of 2.5 metres, where 8 lots are currently registered for 16 semi-detached dwelling units.
The Town has also received an application for exemption from the Part Lot Control provisions of the Planning Act in order to facilitate the creation of the associated building lots (File No. D1206511).
Mr. Mark Bryan reviewed the details of the application, including Official Plan and Zoning Designations, as well as the comments that have been received to date with respect to the proposed development.
Mr. Mark Liddy addressed Council on behalf of the applicant, and spoke to the development, which proposes to create 15 building lots for single family dwellings rather than 8 lots for semi detached structures as was originally intended, adding affordability to the subdivision.
Mayor Cooper called for the first, second and third time for comments from the public.
There being no comments, Mayor Cooper closed the public portion of the meeting at 6:09 pm.
Staff addressed questions and comments from Council with respect to sidewalks in this subdivision, other semi units in the subdivision, and the proposed pricing of current and proposed units.
The Public Meeting closed at 6:16 pm.
No. 491         Moved by Councillor Gardhouse
Seconded by Councillor West
THAT the recommendation contained within the Heritage Committee minutes of November 17, 2011 be hereby approved:
WHEREAS Council at their November 7th meeting unanimously passed Motion No: 471 which stated that the Heritage Committee advise Council to consider Site Specific Amendments to the 2008 Collingwood Heritage Conservation Plan as adopted by By-law 2009-20;
AND WHEREAS Council has provided a Notice of Public Meeting for December 5th for the subject property (Admiral Collingwood Development Project site);
AND WHEREAS the proponent has submitted additional information relating to their Architectural & Urban Design Brief on November 11th;
AND WHEREAS the Heritage Committee has reviewed the information;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council authorizes the preparation of site specific amendments to the Heritage Plan and a peer review of the proposed amendments be conducted by an independent heritage professional for the Admiral Collingwood Development project.
No. 492         Moved by Councillor Gardhouse
Seconded by Councillor West
THAT the Heritage Committee minutes of November 17, 2011 be hereby received and the recommendation contained therein be hereby approved:
          THAT the identified Heritage Permits be forwarded to Council for approval: 


Permit  No:
222 Ste. Marie Street
Reconstruct stairs
205 Ste. Marie Street
Roof over walkway
P2011-22         Proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 23, Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment No. 2011-125, 20 Balsam Street, Collingwood, Town File Nos: D084411 & D14411, Applicant: Town of Collingwood
No. 493         Moved by Councillor Edwards
Seconded by Councillor Gardhouse
THAT Council herein receive Staff Report P2011-22, recommending that Council adopt Official Plan Amendment No. 23 and enact and pass amending Zoning By-law No. 2011-125.
No. 494         Moved by Councillor Edwards
Seconded by Councillor Gardhouse
THAT By-law No. 2011-124 being a by-law to adopt Amendment No. 23 to the Official Plan of the Town of Collingwood, be enacted and passed this 21st day of November, 2011.  
No. 495         Moved by Councillor Edwards
Seconded by Councillor West
THAT By-law No. 2011-125  being a by-law under the provision of Sections 24(2) and 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. p.13, as amended be enacted and passed this 21st day of November, 2011.
C2011-18(2)    Naming Policy Review
No. 496         Moved by Councillor Chadwick
Seconded by Councillor West
THAT Council herein receive Staff Report C2011-18, and adopt the Naming Policy as amended.
Councillor Chadwick provided the general intent of the following two notices of motion to be considered at the meeting of Council scheduled for November 28th, 2011: 
  • THATthe Downtown Revitalization Coordinator be relocated to the Downtown BIA office. 
  • THATCouncil petition the Province of Ontario to disband the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. 
  • Mayor Cooper noted that leaf pick-up has been completed for this year, and the 2012 Waste Pick-up Calendar is currently being compiled by the County.   If enhanced “brush” pick-up is desired it will have to be considered by Council in early 2012 to include in the 2013 collection schedule. 
  • The BIA’s Annual General Meeting will be held Wednesday, November 23 at 6:00 pm at the Temple building. 
  • Ed Houghton, Executive Director of Public Works, provided a construction report, showing various projects now approaching completion, including construction on Poplar Sideroad, the new round-about at High Street, and a new right hand turn lane at the Tenth Line. 
  • Council reported on various community events they had attended and announced upcoming events. 
  • Active Transportation, Discussion on Built Environment/Trails that Accommodate People to Ensure Livable and Walkable Communities
Robert Voigt, Manager of Planning and Infrastructure Projects, introducedDan Burden, Executive Director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute.Dan Burden spoke to Council with respect to “Walkable Communities” and the built environment. He noted positive impacts of well designed and walkable communities, including less traffic congestion, increased health and wellness, increased social interaction and increased property values.  
Mr. Burden expressed enthusiasm for Collingwood’s high “Walk Score” within the Downtown, being 93/100, and shared information on a number of communities and how their neighbourhoods, communities and roadways were transformed.
Council announced that a Public Information Session on Active Transportation and Walkable Communities will be held on Tuesday, November 22 from 10:00am – 2:30pm, and another session from 3:00pm – 5:00pm for municipal staff.
Moved by Councillor Gardhouse
THAT the meeting of Council be hereby adjourned at 7:10 pm.
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