THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF PEEL
Thursday, February 26, 2009
To hold a Public Meeting pursuant to Section 17 (15) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended, to inform the public and to obtain their input with respect to a proposed amendment to the Regional Official Plan (ROPA 20) as it relates to sustainability and energy policies
1. ROLL CALL
|E. Adams*, G. Carlson*, C. Corbasson, F. Dale, G. Gibson, A. Groves, N. Iannicca, E. Kolb, K. Mahoney, H. McCallion, S. McFadden, G. Miles, E. Moore, P. Palleschi, R. Paterak, P. Saito*, J. Sanderson, J. Sprovieri, A. Thompson, R. Whitehead|
S. Fennell , other municipal business; P. Mullin, due to a personal matter; M. Prentice, due to vacation; M. Morrison, due to vacation; C. Parrish, due to illness
D. Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; R. K. Gillespie, Commissioner of Employee and Business Services; D. Labrecque, Commissioner of Environment, Transportation and Planning Services; N. Trim, Acting Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services; K. Ward, Commissioner of Human Services; J. Smith, Commissioner of Health Services; Dr. E. de Villa, Acting Medical Officer of Health; P. O’Connor, Regional Solicitor and Director of Legal Services and Risk Management; J. Payne, Deputy Clerk; Amy Agulay, Acting Legislative Specialist
2. OPENING OF PUBLIC MEETING
Regional Chair Kolb called the public meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chamber, Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton. He stated that the public meeting was open and was being held pursuant to Section 17 (15) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended.
Chair Kolb stated that if a person or public body does not make oral submissions regarding this Amendment at this public meeting or make written submissions before this proposed Official Plan Amendment is adopted by the Regional Municipality of Peel, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) may dismiss all or part of an appeal.
3. CONFIRMATION OF NOTIFICATION
Jeff Payne, Deputy Clerk stated that Notice of the Public Meeting was given in accordance with Section 17 (15) of the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, as amended, by publication in the following news media:
Brampton Guardian - January 28, 2009 Mississauga News - January 28, 2009 Caledon Enterprise - January 29, 2009 Caledon Citizen - January 29, 2009
Further, it was noted that Notice of the Public Meeting was posted on the Regional website as of January 26, 2009 (www.peelregion.ca) and the Draft Official Plan Amendment was available to the public on the website as of the same date.
4. FURTHER NOTICE REQUEST
The Regional Chair stated that if any person would like further notice of the future passage of this proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA), that they should give their full name, address, postal code, and telephone number, in writing, at the Clerk’s reception counter prior to leaving the meeting.
Councillor Saito arrived at 9:40 a.m.
Councillor Adams arrived at 9:45 a.m.
Councillor Carlson arrived at 9:50 a.m.
5. STAFF PRESENTATIONS
a) Arvin Prasad, Director, Planning Policy and Research, Environment, Transportation and Planning Services, Regarding Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 20 (ROPA 20) as it relates to Sustainability and Energy Policies
Arvin Prasad, Director, Planning Policy and Research, Environment, Transportation and Planning Services, outlined the proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) with respect to sustainability and energy policies. He stated that the draft Amendment establishes the concept of sustainability as a foundation for the Regional Official Plan (ROP); introduces climate change issues in planning; includes working toward green development and developing a culture of conservation; addresses energy challenges facing Peel now and into the future and promotes energy efficient programs, energy conservation, and energy diversity. Arvin Prasad noted that the proposed Amendment had been circulated to a number of agencies and that comments had been received from some of those agencies. He further noted that Planning staff will review and consider all comments received, revise the Amendment and report back to Regional Council in Spring, 2009.
6. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
a) Oral Submissions
i) Maurizio Rogato, Planner, Solmar Development Corporation, Commenting on Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 20 (ROPA 20)
Maurizio Rogato, Planner, Solmar Development Corporation, advised that Solmar has developed communities in the Region of Peel and the Golden Horseshoe for many years and that Solmar’s interests lie in developing complete communities while recognizing the importance of environmental sustainability. Mr. Rogato noted that Solmar has significant financial investments in the Town of Caledon. He advised that Solmar’s comments pertain to the sustainability policy portion of the proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 20 (ROPA 20). Mr. Rogato noted that the definition of sustainability is too broad and that a comprehensive review of its definition and implementation is needed. He further noted that the Regional Official Plan should include the input of the lower tier municipalities for growth planning in the Region of Peel. Mr. Rogato stated that ROPA 20 is premature because it is unknown how it will be linked with future Regional Official Plan Amendments and expressed doubt that that it is in fulfilment of provincial planning policy. Mr. Rogato stated that ROPA 20 is not in compliance with provincial planning policy because it does not integrate or consider transportation and land use planning. He stated that while there is mention of future employment lands, there is little, to no mention of future housing development lands.
Mr. Rogato noted his concerns with what Solmar considers unsustainable growth plans for the Bolton-South Albion community. He stated that Caledon is proposing an allocation of 1500 people into the Bolton area without a residential settlement boundary expansion until 2021 which is unsustainable and could potentially cause social-economic problems for Solmar, other businesses in the surrounding community, and the Region of Peel. Mr. Rogato noted that Solmar has developed a complete community plan that includes a variety of land uses, incorporates the provincial planning policy density of 50 persons and jobs per hectare and makes use of existing services.
Mr. Rogato stated that Solmar is looking forward to the growth management component of the Peel Regional Official Plan Review (PROPR) with hopes that appropriate needs will be allocated through a boundary expansion in South Albion. He advised that cross-boundary planning is needed between all the municipalities, lead by the Region of Peel. Mr. Rogato stated that Solmar
will be providing written comments regarding ROPA 20, and that Solmar objects to the draft Regional Official Plan Amendment 20 (ROPA 20) and will continue to provide their input.
ii) Chad John-Baptiste, Senior Planner, MMM Group Limited, Wishes To Discuss ROPA 20 with Respect to Concerns of Bell Canada
Chair Kolb invited submissions and presentations from those present at the meeting.
Additional Items – Items 6a-iii and 6a-iv:
iii) Bak Chauhan, Consultant, Mississauga Initiative for Sustainable Energy, Providing Comments in Regards to Sustainability and Energy Policy
Bak Chauhan, Consultant, Mississauga Initiative for Sustainable Energy, provided general comments on distributed generation, green communities, barriers, incentives and partnerships in regards to sustainability and energy policy. Mr. Chauhan advised that the Region should consider making distributed generation a requirement for all new developments; residential, commercial and institutional. He further advised that the Region should also promote locally produced clean power, wherever available, for existing buildings and operations.
Mr. Chauhan suggested that the existing building codes should be modified or developed for all new subdivisions to be labelled as "Green & Sustainable Communities".
Mr. Chauhan advised that Regional municipalities should reduce the barriers that allow the application of principles or technologies for efficient use of conventional energy and for incorporating clean energy into their operations.
Mr. Chauhan stated that additional incentives and grants beyond those available from federal and provincial governments, should be introduced at the local level. For example, reducing municipal taxes for voluntary measures for residents and businesses to “go green”.
Finally, Mr. Chauhan suggested that the Region promote strategic alliances; involve youth; work with school boards, colleges and universities and the private sector to develop, demonstrate and promote the use of green and clean energy.
iv) Nav Mundi, Mississauga Resident, Providing Comments on ROPA 20
Nav Mundi, Mississauga Resident, questioned the language and phrasing used within the draft Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA 20) in regards to sustainability. Mr. Mundi suggested that Region of Peel staff and Council be more specific with regards to sustainability initiatives such as developing requirements or stating how local or renewable energy will be produced, instead of using language that states encouraging or promoting sustainable initiatives.
b) Written Submissions
Additional Items - Item 6b-i - 6b-x):
i) Tony Viola, Owner, Allegro Fine Foods, Letter dated February 23, 2009, Requesting that the Region of Peel Protect the Vitality and Sustainability of the Bolton Community by Ensuring the Bolton Community Continues to Grow as Part of a Complete Community Plan
ii) Constable Tom McKay, Peel Regional Police, Letter dated January 29, 2009, Advising that the Peel Regional Police has No Comments Regarding the Proposed Amendment to the Region of Peel Official Plan Pertaining to
Sustainability and Energy Policies
iii) Paul Mountford, Intermediate Planning Officer, Peel District School Board, Letter Dated January 30, 2008, Advising that the Peel District School Board has No Comments Regarding the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment
iv) Kathryn Pounder, Senior Strategic Advisor, Niagara Escarpment Commission, Letter Dated February 20, 2009, Providing Recommendations on the Proposed Amendment to the Regional Official Plan Sustainability and Energy Policies
Referred to Environment, Transportation and Planning Services
v) Joshua Campbell, Credit Valley Conservation, Memorandum Dated February 20, 2009, Providing Suggestions to Strengthen the Proposed Policies as They Relate to Credit Valley Conservation Authority’s Interests.
Referred to Environment, Transportation and Planning Services
vi) Kelly Darnley, President and CEO, Caledon Chamber of Commerce, Letter Dated February 22, 2009, Regarding Caledon Chamber of Commerce’s Comments for the Region of Peel Official Plan Amendment Number 20 (ROPA 20) with Specific Concerns to Sustainability
Referred to Environment, Transportation and Planning Services
vii) Shannon Turnbull-Laszczuk, Bolton Business Owner, Letter Dated February 25, 2009, Regarding Planning and Population Growth for Bolton, and the Impact on her Business.
viii) The Coalition of Concerned Residents and Businesses of Bolton, Letter Dated February 24, 2009, Regarding Their Objection to the Proposed Sustainability Amendment.
ix) Ian Callaghan, Bolton Business Owner, Letter received February 26, 2009, Regarding Growth in Bolton.
ix) Veena R. Buddhdev, Bolton Business Owner, Letter dated February 25, 2009, Regarding the Region of Peel Sustainability and Energy Official Amendment. (ROPA 20)
7. CONCLUSION AND CLOSING OF PUBLIC MEETING
Chair Kolb advised those in attendance that comments and submissions will be taken into consideration and a final report and supporting by-law will be considered by Regional Council at a future meeting.
Councillor Thompson stated that he recently attended a presentation by Dr. Moore, Environment al Scientist, at the Ontario Good Roads Association / Rural Ontario Municipal Association (OGRA/ROMA) Conference on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at which Dr. Moore talked about green technology. Councillor Thompson advised that ground source heating is a green technology that should be considered as an initiative to save energy and reduce our carbon foot print. He asked that staff research the feasibility of ground source heating in new building developments.
Councillor Groves stated that the report dated December 17, 2008, titled “Peel Region Official Plan Review (PROPR) – Regional Official Plan Amendment – Sustainability and Energy”, did not provide information on transportation and anticipated that the subject of transportation should have been discussed in regards to sustainability and green energy.
Arvin Prasad, Director of Planning Policy and Research, stated that there will be a future Regional Official Plan Amendment that will review transportation and related issues.
Councillor Groves noted the number of oral and written submissions from Caledon. Councillor Groves stated that sustainability policy conjures financial and transportation concerns within her constituency, as demonstrated in the letters received for ROPA 20. Councillor Groves suggested that we need to look at the whole picture of sustainability and that we need to combine efforts to participate in a more comprehensive planning process. She asked staff to review financial and transportation concerns, such as the Metrolinx plan for GO rail services to Bolton, as well as housing, commercial and employment land development; and further, how these align with the Provincial Growth Plan “Places to Grow”.
Councillor Iannicca noted the issue of population density in his municipality and stated that Mississauga does not want to be the recipient of further population density planning. Councillor Iannicca expressed concern regarding the equity of finance and infrastructure development between the municipalities, as well as the fairness of population intensification in Mississauga in regards to land development and transportation planning. He stated the example of planning a GO Train in Bolton versus upgrading transportation infrastructure in Cooksville.
Councillor McCallion stated that financial feasibility and sustainability is not mentioned in the draft Regional Official Plan Amendment in regards to sustainability and energy policy (ROPA 20) and should be included.
Councillor Sanderson stated that energy from waste (EFW) is not mentioned in the draft Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA 20) and inquired where EFW fits into the Region Official Plan (ROP).
Arvin Prasad, Director of Planning Policy and Research, stated that ROPA 21 addresses waste management issues, including EFW.
Councillor Whitehead stated that there is a need for a comprehensive statement that informs residents of services that will be provided with respect to planning initiatives. Councillor Whitehead noted that services are available for our current state, but services will need to be updated to accommodate future growth. He suggested that, since the Regional Official Plan (ROP) looks to the year 2031, a comprehensive statement of services should be able to describe the services that will be updated, and when they will be made available as the ROP unfolds.
Councillor Sprovieri, also stated his concern regarding the financial sustainability of the stated policies. He advised that his constituents want to know how their taxes will be affected. Councillor Sprovieri asked that staff review the financial relationship between property tax and new land development. He stated that there is a need to investigate who will bear the burden of costs and how to make it equitable and asked staff to research and review these issues.
Regional Chair Kolb officially closed the meeting at 10:30 a.m.