Highlights of the Town of BWG Council Meeting – February 2, 2021
New townhomes to be constructed at Simcoe Rd and Line 6
Council approved a request from Cachet Estate Homes (Bradford) Inc. for Part Lot Control Exemption on their property at Simcoe Road and Landolfi Way, immediate north of Line 6. This will allow the subdivision of lots so that 83 townhouse units can be constructed and sold.
Heritage Committee seeks by-law amendments for preservation of designated properties
Town by-law enforcement staff will work the Heritage Committee to look at options for amending the Property Standards By-law to protect and preserve designated properties under the Ontario Heritage Act.
Council approved all Committee of the Whole decisions from January 19, 2021.
Committee of the Whole
Please note that decisions made in Committee of the Whole are not final until approved at a subsequent Regular Council meeting.
Town prepares for another season of temporary patios
With COVID restrictions expected to be in place for most of 2021, the Committee of the Whole supported allowing temporary patios again this year so that restaurants and bars can serve patrons outdoors. Like the 2020 program, businesses will be able to apply for a temporary permit to put a patio either on a private parking lot or on a sidewalk with barriers to create a protected pedestrian walkway on the road.
Twenty-one restaurants participated in the program last year. A survey of residents and participating business received mainly positive feedback, with several businesses citing the program as a needed economic lifeline during the pandemic. Some issues were identified such as noise, litter and proper liquor licensing. Proposed solutions include working with restaurants to ensure they understand the Town’s noise by-law and other relevant regulations, clearly outlining inspection and compliance requirements, mandating written consent from landlords for patios in private parking lots, and creating specific requirements to allow food trucks to participate in the program.
Voting in 2022 election to be modelled after successful Ward 2 by-election
Following a smooth and issue-free municipal by-election this past fall, the Committee of the Whole supported a plan to use the same vendor for the 2022 municipal election and to use only internet and telephone voting. Simply Voting has proven to be an effective supplier of this service, with a user-friendly system, excellent customer service and competitive pricing.
As in previous elections, Voter Help Centres will still be set up for any residents who require in-person assistance, but like during the 2020 by-election, their vote will be cast by computer instead of paper ballot. Mobile polls will continue to be held at long-term care homes and other large seniors’ residences.
Extension requested on draft approval of for subdivision on Simcoe Road
The Committee of the Whole supported a request from Mod-Aire Homes Limited & Millford Development Limited for a three-year extension to draft approval of Plan of Subdivision. This plan is to build 13 detached homes on a proposed cul-de-sac within the southwest quadrant of the Green Valley Community Plan on the west side of Simcoe Road.