January 27, 2014 Council Minutes


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A meeting of Council was held Monday January 27, 2014 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:
John Brown, CAO
Sara Almas, Clerk
Marjory Leonard, Treasurer
Nancy Farrer, Director of Planning Services 
Marta Proctor, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture
Brian MacDonald, Manager of Engineering Services
Marcus Firman, Chief Operating Officer (Water/Wastewater)
Larry Irwin, Director of IT Services
Jennett Mays, Communications Officer
No. 027         Moved by Deputy Mayor Lloyd
Seconded by Councillor Edwards
THAT the content of the Council Agenda for January 27th, 2014 be adopted as presented.
Mayor Cooper noted that the AWARE deputation has been rescheduled due to weather conditions.
  • Deputy Mayor Lloyd declared a pecuniary interest with regard to the public planning meeting to discuss the planning application for 9 Craigleith Court as he and his wife are owners of the subject property.  
No. 028         Moved by Councillor Edwards
Seconded by Deputy Mayor Cooper
THAT the minutes of the regular meeting of Council held January 13, 2014, be approved as presented. 
  • Council reported on various community events they had attended and announced upcoming events.
Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (9 Craigleith Court) 
** Deputy Mayor Lloyd removed himself from the table and did not participate in the discussion with respect to his previously declared conflict.
Mayor Cooper welcomed those in attendance and introduced the Public Meeting format.
Clerk Sara Almas confirmed notice has been provided with respect to the planning applications being heard this evening, in accordance with the Planning Act. Notice was provided on January 3, 2014. 
Trevor Houghton, Senior Planner, reviewed the details of the planning application.  The proposed Zoning By-law Amendment pertains to land legally described as Lot 43, Registered Plan 51M-438, Town of Collingwood, County of Simcoe and is municipally addressed as 9 Craigleith Court, Collingwood. 
The purpose and effect of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone the land from the Residential First Density (R1) zone to a Residential First Density Exception (R1-E) zone.  The proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to permit the establishment of a Bed & Breakfast as an accessory use in the existing dwelling that is located on the property.  
Mr. Guy Laporte, Co-applicant (proposed purchaser), explained his intent with the property, communications taken to date with the community and merits of the change in zoning, requesting Council’s favourable consideration of the amendment. 
Mayor Cooper called for the first time for comments from the public.  
Mr. Max MacLean, 11 Craigleith Court, provided a written submission to the Clerk outlining his concerns and objection to the application. Mr. MacLean further provided Council with the concerns outlined on a petition also submitted to the clerk. These concerns include: the application not meeting the objectives of the Town’s Official Plan with respect to developments being guided for the most desirable living environment, meeting tests of strategic planning priorities related to successful planning ensuring the arrangements are consistent with the wishes or needs of the community, increased traffic, risk to pedestrians due to increased traffic, increased risk of vandalism, negative affects to property values, concern with late night arrivals and departures, and short-term rentals. Mr. MacLean further commented on traditional Bed and Breakfast considerations such suitable locations (downtown, rural and resort) noting the Forest subdivision does not fit any of the models as it does not have direct access to public transit and is a greater distance from downtown and amenities. Mr. MacLean further expressed concerns with compliance to applicable by-laws with respect to the number of bathrooms being proposed, water and sewage connections and cooking facilities within the main dwelling and the garage being used as a guest house.
Mayor Cooper called for the second time for comments from the public.
Max Lavoie, 11 Forest Drive, speaking on behalf of his parents, expressed his concerns with the application including increased noise due to increased traffic and construction, stating he is against the proposal and further support the members of Forest Drive who are against this application. He and his family, along with the other Forest Drive residents have earned the right to stay in their house without hassle.  
Mary Wright, 6 Forest Drive, provided Council with the history of why her and her husband chose to build their dream home on Forest Drive in 2000. Mrs. Wright expressed concerns with allowing commercial uses into the neighbourhood wishing to keep it as a residential area, further stating she is not in support of the application.
Mayor Cooper called for the third time for comments from the public.
Mr. MacLean further noted the Henning’s no longer support the application, as they have signed the petition. 
Mr. Rob Dubien, local realtor and past president of the association of realtors, addressed the issue of property values decreasing as a result of a Bed and Breakfast being establishing. Mr. Dubien underwent an exhaustive search on any effects as a result of a Bed and Breakfast, with no evidence of decreased market values.  He did find that when there is an investment in a property made, the abutting properties benefit and thus increase surrounding property values. With the property enhancements being proposed in this application, it will help to increase the property values within the neighbourhood and have confidence in and support the diligence the potential purchases have invested in this sale. 
Mr. John Norris, 4 Craigleith Court, also noted the Henning’s withdraw of support for the application after speaking with a real estate agent, expressing concern with property values. 
Mr. Gord Russell, 31 Forest Drive, reviewed the application and land designations applicable to this property, outlining criteria required to operate a Bed and Breakfast in this location. A development agreement would provide Council with the opportunity to ensure its operations run in accordance with the site plan. Mr. Russell stated his support for the application.
Mayor Cooper called for the final time for comments from the public, closing the public portion of the meeting.
Council inquired about statistics to by-law complaints received by the Town of Collingwood and Town of Blue Mountains to Bed and Breakfast operations as opposed to short term accommodations; whether a small business (i.e. home alterations, piano lessons, etc.) is permitted under the current zoning and if permitted, any provisions under the zoning by-law addressing increase of traffic as a result of the use; that no empirical data was found to suggest either a positive or negative impact on property value; when obtaining a property value from a realtor that an opinion of value with the realtors signature be obtained; maintenance of properties of non-permanent residents; the number of Bed and Breakfasts that are currently in Collingwood; statistics on rentals and demographics of Bed and Breakfast users; whether permits or approvals were obtained for the guest house; confirmation to whether the owner is required to reside at the Bed and Breakfast on a permanent basis; whether commercial uses are permitted on the property; and the total number of residents in the subdivision.
The public meeting closed at 6:03pm.
* Deputy Mayor Lloyd returned to the table.
  • Georgian Triangle Development Institute re: Recent GTDI Economic Development Forum and proposal on initiating a new Regional Economic Development Committee
Andrew Hill, Secretary-Treasurer of the GTDI, addressed Council outlining the GTDI Economic Development Forum, recently attended by Mayor Cooper and Councillor Hull, acknowledging recent steps taken by the Town to improve economic services within the Town of Collingwood. Mr. Hill reviewed the benefits of understanding the importance and advances of having a regional approach.   Items of concern highlighted at the forum included:
1. Not effectively selling the power of the South Georgian Bay Region.
2. Missing opportunities to attract great labour, support small business and source funding.
3. Support for the formation of a South Georgian Bay regional economic development corporation or council. 
Mr. Hill further outlined next steps including the issuance of a press release about the economic development forum in our local papers, scheduling delegation presentations to council for each regional municipality to inform them of the economic development forum outcomes, and to develop a regional economic development organization outline. Terms of reference have been prepared for Council’s review and consideration and will be provided to all four municipalities in the South Georgian Bay region.
Mr. Hill addressed questions of Council. 
No. 029        Moved by Councillor Lloyd
Seconded by Deputy Mayor Lloyd
THAT the General Consent Agenda, having been given due consideration by Council, be received.

General Consent Items


K. Wynne, Minister of Agriculture and Food re: 2014 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program
Received for Information
Town of Bancroft, Council resolution re: OPP Billing model
Received for Information
Municipality of East Ferris re: OPP Billing model
Received for Information
Municipality of East Ferris re: Finance Minister’s suggestion of a 3 to 10 cent per litre increase on gasoline, a possible HST increase and new business tax to provide funding for transit in the GTA
Received for Information
Earth Day Canada re: Hometown Heroes Award Program
Received for Information
A.5 Earth Day Canada re: Hometown Heroes Award Program
No. 030         Moved by Councillor Chadwick
Seconded by Councillor Lloyd
THAT Council support nominating the Environment Network for the Earth Day Canada Hometown Heroes Award to recognize and celebrate their environmental leadership within the community; and direct Staff to submit the required nomination form on behalf of Council.
A.2 & A.3   OPP Billing Model 
Treasurer, Marjory Leonard provided an update on billing models and police funding. The OPP and Ministry of Correctional Services have developed a new simplified billing model in response to municipal concerns over increased policing based on principles of fairness and transparency and is intended to provide cost recovery in a fair and equitable manner. On average Collingwood taxpayers currently pay approximately $455 per household for police costs.
No. 031         Moved by Councillor Gardhouse
Seconded by Councillor West
THAT the Collingwood Heritage Advisory Committee minutes of November 7 and 21 and December 19, 2013 be hereby received and the recommendations therein be referred to the 2014 budget deliberations.
  • Councillor Lloyd provided the following notice of motion to be considered on February 3, 2014:
WHEREAS the Nottawasaga Lighthouse is an important heritage asset located in Georgian Bay currently under the ownership of the Federal Government; 
AND WHEREAS the Town and Heritage Advisory Committee, support the work being undertaken by the Friends of Nottawasaga Lighthouse, and recognize the significant deterioration of the building and associated cost to return the building to its previous stature;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Collingwood herein petition the Federal Government, with the assistance of local MP Dr. Kellie Leitch, to financially assist the restoration of the Nottawasaga Lighthouse through any applicable grants, funding programs, or partnership opportunities to ensure the viability of this historical feature within our region.  
  • Report from Integrity Commissioner, Robert Swayze (Referred to February 10, 2014 due to Mr. Swayze’s inability to attend the meeting as a result of road closures)
  • Councillor Chadwick request Staff contact the Rotary Club to determine its interest in taking on our sister city Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
No. 032         Moved by Councillor West
Seconded by Councillor Gardhouse
THAT By-law No. 2014-008, being a by-law to confirm the proceedings of the regular meeting of Council held January 27th, 2014, be enacted and passed this 27th day of January, 2014. 
Moved by Councillor Chadwick
THAT the meeting of Council be hereby adjourned at 6:44pm. 
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