PUBLIC MEETING

THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF PEEL

MINUTES

Thursday, October 8, 2009

PURPOSE:

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 24) as it relates to Growth Management, Employment Lands, Greenbelt Conformity.






Chaired by Regional Chair E. Kolb

1. ROLL CALL


 
Members Present:

E. Adams*, G. Carlson, C. Corbasson, F. Dale, S. Fennell, G. Gibson, N. Iannicca, E. Kolb, K. Mahoney, S. McFadden, G. Miles*, E. Moore, M. Morrison; P. Mullin*, P. Palleschi*, C. Parrish*, R. Paterak, M. Prentice, P. Saito•, J. Sanderson, J. Sprovieri, A. Thompson, R. Whitehead

 
 
Members Absent:

A. Groves, due to other municipal business; H. McCallion, due to other municipal business

 
 
Also Present:

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, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services; J. Smith, Commissioner of Health Services; Dr. D. Mowat, Medical Officer of Health; P. O’Connor, Regional Solicitor and Director of Legal and Risk Management; L. Duarte, Acting Commissioner of Human Services; J. Payne, Deputy Clerk; J. Britto, Legislative Specialist; S. Jurrius, Legislative Specialist

   

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*See text for arrivals
¨See text for departures


2. OPENING OF PUBLIC MEETING

Regional Chair Kolb called the public meeting to order at 9:40 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.

Regional Chair Kolb stated that if a person or public body does not make oral submissions regarding this Amendment at this public meeting or does not make any 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.

Councillor Palleschi arrived at 9:41 a.m.
Councillor Saito departed at 9:42 a.m.


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 – August 26, 2009
Mississauga News – August 26, 2009
Caledon Enterprise – August 26, 2009
Caledon Citizen – August 28, 2009

Further, it was noted that Notice of the Public Meeting was posted on the Regional website as of August 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.


5. STAFF PRESENTATIONS

a)
Arvin Prasad, Director, Planning Policy and Research Division, Regarding the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24 (ROPA 24) as it Relates to Growth Management, Employment Lands, and Greenbelt Conformity

Received

Councillor Miles arrived at 9:46 a.m.
Councillor Adams arrived at 9:48 a.m.
Councillor Parrish arrived at 9:48 a.m.

Arvin Prasad, Director, Planning Policy and Research Division, provided a high level overview of the draft Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA 24) as it relates to Growth Management, Employment Lands, and Greenbelt conformity. Arvin Prasad stated that staff has completed and accomplished discussion papers and stakeholder workshops on Managing Growth and Employment and Employment Lands to date. Amendments to the Regional Official Plan have been circulated to all Area Municipalities, stakeholders, various agencies and the public for comments. Arvin Prasad advised that staff will take into consideration all comments received by Regional staff before presenting the final report to Regional Council on December 2009.


6. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

a) Oral Submissions

 
i)
Joseph Toneguzzo, Director, Transmission Integration, Ontario Power Authority (OPA), Presenting on the Need for the Protection of Corridors in the Peel Region

Received

Joseph Toneguzzo, Director, Transmission Integration, Ontario Power Authority (OPA), highlighted the need for the identification and protection of corridors in the Region of Peel. He stated that the proactive identification and preservation of conceptual linear corridors, which account for electricity infrastructure needs, is consistent with Planning Policies followed by the OPA. Joseph Toneguzzo further stated that the establishment of a Strategic Infrastructure Study Area as outlined within Regional Official Plan Amendment Number 24 provides the required framework for the protection and further study of these valuable corridors.

Joseph Toneguzzo informed Regional Council that the OPA will continue working with Regional staff on follow up studies in this area.

Councillor Mullin arrived at 10:07 a.m., due to other municipal business

 
ii)
Gilbert Boland, President, Venta Investments Ltd., Presenting on Reserving the Right of Way for Due North Extension of Highway 410 to East-West Transportation Corridor (Highway 413)

Received

See also Item 6.b.xxi

Gilbert Boland, President, Venta Investments Ltd., requested that the north extension of Highway 410 to the East-West Transportation Corridor (Highway 413) be included in the ROPA 24. He stated that the creation of the corridor will greatly benefit the Region of Peel. He requested that the Region of Peel acquire the lot, as soon as possible, prior to the Town of Caledon zoning.

Councillor Palleschi clarified that the City of Brampton has allotted employment lands in its Official Plan south of Mayfield Road, eastside at the Bram east area and in the Winston Churchill area on the west. He further stated that the developers never dedicate highways. The highways are paid through the development charges and the development industry within the Region of Peel continues to contribute to it. Councillor Palleschi cited the Highway 410 as an example whereby the Region paid one-third of the cost to develop this highway.

Mayor Fennell advised that it would be the responsibility of the provincial government to create or extend the 400 series highways.

 
iii)
Chris Anningson, Resident, Region of Peel, Regarding Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Withdrawn

See also Item 6.b.xxx
 
iv)
Joyce Sinton, Resident, City of Mississauga, Speaking in Support of Considering the Health Effects of Planning Decisions with Respect to Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

With specific reference to Section 7.9.2 of the draft ROPA 24, Joyce Sinton supported the inclusion of policies that would have potential benefits to the health and well being of Peel residents. She stated that requiring a public health assessment as part of the planning process for new development seems to be a particularly prudent requirement. Joyce Sinton referred to published research which shows that certain features of urban design can increase pedestrian activity. Access to a range of services within walking distance, for example restaurants, shops and public transit will encourage residents to be more physically active. Walking and cycling encourages and promotes social interaction.

Joyce Sinton stated that the principles of healthy urban development may seem obvious, but land use planning decisions are complex and subject to a number of competing priorities. Balancing these competing priorities is a difficult task, but incorporating specific policies into the Official Plan to ensure health concerns are addressed during the planning process is both wise and innovative.

Councillor Mullin expressed appreciation for the positive feedback received from Joyce Sinton.

Additional Items – Items 6a.v to 6a.vii inclusive

 
v)
Philip Stewart, Pound and Stewart Associates Limited, Speaking on Behalf of Orlando Corporation with Respect to Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

See also Item 6.b.xxvii

Philip Stewart, Pound and Stewart Associates Limited, requested confirmation that the written submission from Orlando Corporation was received and will be duly considered by Regional staff with respect to ROPA 24.

 
vi)
Clare Riepma, President, Riepma Consultants Inc. on Behalf of Alloa Landowners Association, Regarding the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

See also Item 6.b.xxxi

Clare Riepma presented on behalf of Alloa Landowners Association representing 40 property owners in an area that is bordered by Chinguacousy Road on the east, Mississauga Road on the west, Mayfield Road on the south and Old School Road on the north comprising approximately 2,000 acres of land. Clare Riepma stated that the Association is requesting that these lands and all of the lands in the Town of Caledon that are outside the Greenbelt area be included in the Settlement Study Area as indicated on Schedule D of the draft ROPA 24.

Clare Riepma stated that providing larger Settlement Study Areas would permit the Town of Caledon the opportunity to examine its future development options in a broader context. He explained that the areas are suitable for consideration with respect to the following:

Clare Riepma stated that a broader Settlement Study Area would allow alternatives to be analyzed, which might improve community design, increase financial sustainability, and better utilize existing infrastructure.

 
vii)
Adriano Conti, Landowner, Town of Caledon, Regarding the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

See also Item 6.b.xxviii

Adriano Conti, Landowner, Town of Caledon, stated that the proposed Greenfield employment lands density goal of 50 jobs per hectare set by the Ontario government is unrealistic and not achievable. Adriano Conti stated that he believes the current quantity of employment lands designated is significantly lower than what it should be.

Councillor Paterak inquired whether the Provincial Plans are in conformity with each other, particularly the Greenbelt Plan and the Places to Grow.

Arvin Prasad, Director of Planning Policy and Research, responded that the various ministries meet through Inter Ministerial Working Groups on the implementation of various plans like Places to Grow and the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS). When Places to Grow was released, Regional staff were concerned about the potential conflicts between all provincial plans which is most evident at the implementation stage at the local municipal level.

Referring to not supporting the expansion of urban boundaries of Rural Service Centres in the Managing Growth component of ROPA 24, Councillor Paterak stated that the Town of Caledon is examining the expansion of settlement boundaries in Alton for various reasons, including the need for connectivity in the transportation system as well as communal servicing in the village. Proposing a density of 50 residents per hectare in the countryside implies townhouse type developments in an area where there will never be any public transportation. Councillor Paterak expressed concern that if the goals for the Greenbelt Plan are to be achieved, there might be conflicts with planning policies.

Chair Kolb ensured that Regional staff will make note of the comments of Councillor Paterak on the conformity of provincial plans with each other and stated that staff will report back on this issue when it is presented to Regional Council for debate.

Mayor Morrison requested the Director of Planning Policy and Research to consider the following key items related to ROPA 24 that will help the Town of Caledon continue with its growth at a moderate level:

b) Written Submissions

 
i)
Christina Lo, Policy Planner, City of Brampton, Letter dated June 16, 2009, Providing City of Brampton Staff Response in Regards to Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24 Including Greenbelt Conformity Policies

Received

 
ii)
Tom Smith, VP Development, Smart!Centres, Email dated July 22, 2009, Providing Comments and Recommendations for Employment Land Restrictions in the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
iii)
John Corbett, Commissioner, Planning Design and Development, and Adrian Smith, Director, Planning and Land Development Services, City of Brampton, Report dated August 10, 2009, Providing Comments from the City of Brampton on the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
iv)
Grand Chief Randall Phillips, Association of Iroquios and Allied Indians, Letter dated August 12, 2009, Providing Feedback on the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
v)
Glen Schnarr, Glen Schnarr and Associates Inc., Letter dated August 27, 2009, Providing Comments on the Tullamore Settlement Study Area Extension in the Town of Caledon

Received

 
vi)
David Burnett, Manager, Provincial and Regional Policy, Toronto Regional Conservation Authority, Letter dated August 27, 2009, Providing Feedback on the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
vii)
Jennifer Lawrence, Manager, Environmental Planning, Conservation Halton, Letter dated August 28, 2009, Advising of Conservation Halton’s Referral of Proposed Regional Official Amendment 24 Review to Credit Valley Conservation and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Received

 
viii)
Lisa Grbinicek, Senior Strategic Advisor, Niagara Escarpment Commission, Letter dated September 1, 2009, Providing Comments to the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
ix)
Jason Afonso, Planner, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, Letter dated September 3, 2009, Providing Comments and Concerns in regards to the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
x)
Paul Mountford, Intermediate Planning Officer, Peel District School Board, Letter dated September 8, 2009, Providing Responses from the Board in Regards to the Draft Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
xi)
Glen Schnarr, Glen Schnarr and Associates Inc., Letter dated September 8, 2009, Providing Comments on Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24 on Behalf of the Mayfield West Phase 2 (MWP2) Landowner Group, in the Town of Caledon

Received

 
xii)
David L. Mowat, Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel, Letter dated September 9, 2009, Supporting the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
xiii)
Glen Schnarr, Glen Schnarr and Associates Inc., Letter dated September 11, 2009, Providing Comments on Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24 on Behalf of Northam Realty Ltd. and Diamandcorp

Received

 
xiv)
Andrew Walker, Associate Planner, Gagnon Law Bozzo, Letter dated September 15, 2009, Providing Comments on Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24 on Behalf of the North West Brampton Landowners Group Inc.

Received

 
xv)
Ricardo Gascon, Manager, Community Services, Alton Neighbourhood Services, Letter dated September 28, 2009, Providing Comments Regarding Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
xvi)
Glenn Gumulka, Executive Director, Smart Commute Mississauga, Letter dated September 28, 2009, Providing Comments and Support Regarding Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
xvii)
Honourable Garth Turner, Personal Finance Author and Speaker, Email dated September 30, 2009, Providing Concerns and Comments Regarding Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
xviii)
Kelly Darnley, President and CEO, Caledon Chambers of Commerce, Letter dated September 30, 2009, Commenting on the Growth Management Portions of the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
xix)
Greg Pannia, Chair, Coalition of Concerned Residents and Business of Bolton (CCRBB), Letter dated September 30, 2009, Providing Concerns and Comments Regarding Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
xx)
Rob Harrison, First Vice President, Valleywood Residential Association, Letter dated September 30, 2009, Providing Comments and Concerns on the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
xxi)
Gilbert Boland, Ventawood Management Inc., Letter dated September 30, 2009, Objecting to the Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

See also Item 6.a.ii
 
xxii)
John Stevens, J.H. Stevens, Planning and Development Consultants, Letter dated October 5, 2009, Providing Comments on Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24 on Behalf of Moscorp Developments Inc.

Received

Additional Items – Items 6b.xxiii to 6b.xxxi inclusive

 
xxiii)
Lynda J. Townsend, Townsend and Associates, Letter dated September 30, 2009, Providing Comments and Concerns on Behalf of Solmar Development Corporation

Received

 
xxiv)
Anonymous, Comments Received at Public Open House in Regards to Transportation and Growth Management for Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
xxv)
David Sit, Manager, Planning Projects, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Letter dated October 6, 2009, Providing Comments and Concerns on Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
xxvi)
Michael Gagnon, Managing Principal Planner, Gagnon Law Bozzo, Letter dated October 7, 2009, Providing Comments on Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24 on Behalf of North West Brampton Landowners Group Inc.

Received

 
xxvii)
Philip Stewart, Pound and Stewart Associates Limited, Letter dated October 7, 2009, Providing Comments on Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24 on Behalf of Orlando Corporation

Received

See also Item 6.a.v
 
xxviii)
Adriano Conti, Landowner, Town of Caledon, Email dated October 8, 2009, Providing Comments on Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

See also Item 6.a.vii
 
xxix)
William Roberts, Town Clerk, Town of Halton Hills, Letter dated October 8, 2009, Providing Comments on Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

 
xxx)
Chris Anningson, Resident, Region of Peel, Letter dated October 13, 2009, Providing Comments on Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

See also Item 6.a.iii
 
xxxi)
Tom Dolson, Chairman, Alloa Landowners, Letter dated October 15, 2009, Providing Comments on Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 24

Received

See also Item 6.a.vi

The Director of Planning Policy and Research was requested by Councillor Whitehead to prepare a supplementary staff report to be presented to Regional Council at its meeting on November 2009, that would incorporate all pertinent questions and comments received as written submissions to the Region of Peel in relation to ROPA 24. He further requested that the report include staff response to the written submissions and if any of the comments will be included in the final ROPA 24.

Arvin Prasad noted that Regional staff have strict timelines to adhere to but undertook to present the two reports to Regional Council at its meeting in December 2009.


7. CONCLUSION AND CLOSING OF PUBLIC MEETING

Regional 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.


8. ADJOURNMENT

Regional Chair Kolb officially closed the meeting at 10:55 a.m.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED:



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Deputy Clerk