PUBLIC MEETING

THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF PEEL

MINUTES

Thursday, October 29, 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 (Draft ROPA 25) as it relates to Monitoring and Planning and Conservation Land Amendment Act.






Chaired by Regional Chair E. Kolb

1. ROLL CALL


 
Members Present:

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

 
 
Members Absent:

S. McFadden, due to illness; M. Prentice, due to illness

 
 
Also Present:

D. Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; R.K. Gillespie, Commissioner of Employee and Business Services; D. Labrecque, Commissioner of Public Works; N. Trim, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services; J. Smith, Commissioner of Health Services; J. Menard, Commissioner of Human Services; A. Prasad, Director, Planning Policy & Research; B. Criger, Manager, Development Services Division; J. Yeh, Planner, Urban Policy; P. O’Connor, Regional Solicitor and Director of Legal and Risk Management; A. Macintyre, Acting Deputy Clerk; H. West, 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 9:38 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, Chapter P. 13, 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.


3. CONFIRMATION OF NOTIFICATION

Ava Macintyre, Acting Deputy Clerk, stated that Notice of the Public Meeting was given in accordance with Section 17, subsections (15) and (17) of the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, Chapter P. 13, as amended, by publication in the following news media:

Brampton Guardian – September 30, 2009
Mississauga News – September 30, 2009
Caledon Enterprise – September 30, 2009
Caledon Citizen – October 1, 2009

Further, it was noted that Notice of the Public Meeting was posted on the Regional website as of September 28, 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)
Brock Criger, Manager, Development Services Division, Regarding Draft Regional Official Plan Amendment No. 25 (Draft ROPA 25) as it Relates to Monitoring and Planning and Conservation Land Amendment Act Conformity

Received

Councillor Parrish arrived at 9:42 a.m.
Councillor Palleschi arrived at 9:43 a.m.
Councillor McCallion arrived at 9:51 a.m.
Councillor Fennell arrived at 9:51 a.m.
Counclllor Adams arrived at 10:00 a.m.

Brock Criger, Manager, Development Services Division outlined the draft Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) as it relates to monitoring and Planning and Conservation Land Amendment Act conformity. The following five background documents are the drivers of draft ROPA 25:

  1. The Regional Official Plan, first adopted in July 11, 1996
  2. The Greenbelt Plan released February 29, 2005
  3. The Provincial Policy Statement, in effect on March 1, 2005
  4. The Growth Plan released June 16, 2006
  5. Bill 51, Planning and Conservation Land Amendment Act, received Royal Assent in 2006.

Brock Criger stated that the purpose of ROPA 25 is to revise existing policies and add new policies into the Region of Peel Official Plan (ROP) to achieve conformity with Provincial initiatives for monitoring and Planning and Conservation Land Amendment Act conformity. Currently, Region of Peel staff conducted consultations, drafted the ROPA 25 and circulated the same for comments.

It is the intent that the proposed ROPA will accomplish an improved Regional Official Plan Monitoring Program (ROPMP) including Provincial policy requirements such as intensification and density targets and to monitor the Region’s Corporate Objectives.

Three new areas were created in the ROP arising from the Provincial legislation Planning and Conservation Land Amendment Act, which include:

  1. A new regional policy that will allow local municipalities to establish local appeal bodies to hear appeals of municipal decisions of minor variance and consent (land severance) applications.
  2. Ensure all applications to amend the ROP are complete applications which will be detailed in the ROP policy and will be similar to policies contained in the three local municipal official plans.
  3. A new regional policy for the Region to prepare Community Improvement Plans (CIP’s) or to participate with either financial personal resources in CIP’s.

Brock Criger indicated that ten written comments have been received from stakeholder groups, to date. Suggestions for additional policies and additional study requirements have been submitted for the draft ROPA 25; no statements of objection have been received, to date.

Councillor McCallion stated that City of Mississauga staff is requesting clarification of what is intended by the term ‘regularly’ as it is used in the monitoring process of the ROP.

She further enquired if the new enabling policies regarding CIP should be deferred, as the City of Mississauga staff is currently working on a CIP policy which will revise the Official Plan.

Brock Criger responded that the Bill 51 provision stems from the Niagara Region where the Town of Thorold had financial constraints and were looking for help in community improvement planning. The Region of Niagara provided assistance which was controversial with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. After some lobbying, the Province changed the Planning Act which provides for an opportunity to provide assistance in CIP’s. Regional Chair Kolb requested that staff address the two issues in the forthcoming proposed ROPA 25 report.


6. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

a) Oral Submissions

Additional Items – Items 6a.i to 6a.ii inclusive
 
i)
Gilbert Boland, President, Venta Investments Ltd., Discussing the Role of Conservation Authorities

Received

Gilbert Boland referred to a newspaper article regarding The Township of Essa council which is asking for a role clarification of the Conservation Authority (CA). He advised that clarification is sought because the CA is paid by the local municipalities but do not provide answers to the municipalities. Gilbert Boland raised concern that the CA’s have adopted a policy in Peel and across the Province where they do not approve any development until they are the last party to approve the plans. Gilbert Boland questioned how the CA’s can dictate what is going to be approved as it is under the municipal authority. He noted that the Ontario Municipal Board has made recent decisions where the public needs come first and the CAs should not be holding up development for unreasonable ideals. Gil Boland indicated he will provide a copy of the article and suggested that the draft ROPA 25 should include a policy or a clause that notwithstanding the Conservation’s Authority the public needs come first.

 
ii)
Andrew Walker, Gagnon Law Bozzo, Urban Planners Ltd., on behalf of the Brampton Landowners Group Inc. Discussing Receipt of Gagnon Law Bozzo written submission.

Received

See also Item 6.b.xi

Andrew Walker indicated that he has a formal written submission that he would like to have distributed. The Regional Chair responded that the submission has been received and distributed this morning.

b) Written Submissions

 
i)
Thomas McKay, Constable, Crime Prevention Services, Peel Regional Police, Email dated September 25, 2009, Advising that Peel Regional Police have No Comments Regarding the Draft Regional Official Plan Amendment 25

Received

 
ii)
Ron Noble, Vice President, The Credit Valley Hospital, Letter dated September 28, 2009, Identifying that Planning Policies Should Evaluate the Impact on Healthcare Infrastructure to Address Growth

Received

 
iii)
Paul Mountford, Intermediate Planning Officer, Peel District School Board, Letter dated September 28, 2009, Advising that the Peel District School Board has No Concerns Regarding the Draft Regional Official Plan Amendment 25 at this Time

Received

 
iv)
Jason Afonso, Planning Department, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, Email dated October 8, 2009, Advising that the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board has No Comments Regarding the Draft Regional Official Plan Amendment 25

Received

 
v)
Adrian Smith, Director, Planning and Land Development Services and John Corbett, Commissioner, Planning, Design and Development, City of Brampton, Letter dated October 19, 2009, Providing Comments from the City of Brampton on the Draft Regional Official Plan Amendment 25

Received

 
vi)
Jennifer Lawrence, Manager, Environmental Planning, Conservation Halton, Letter dated October 13, 2009, Advising of Conservation Halton’s Referral of the Draft Regional Official Amendment 25 Review to Credit Valley Conservation and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Recommending the Delineation of Hazard Lands be Included as a Study in the Proposed Policy 7.3.6.3 in the Draft Regional Official Plan Amendment 25

Received

Additional Items – Items 6a.vii to 6a.xi inclusive
 
vii)
Lisa Grbinicek, Senior Strategic Advisor, Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC), Letter dated October 22, 2009, Providing Comments from the NEC on the Draft Regional Official Plan Amendment 25

Received

 
viii)
Josh Campbell, Senior Planner, Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC), Email dated October 26, 2009, Advising that the CVC Supports Comments from the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority and HCA with Respect to Delineation of Hazard Lands in the Draft Regional Official Plan Amendment 25

Received

 
ix)
Lynda J. Townsend, Barristers & Solicitors, Townsend and Associates, Letter dated October 27, 2009, Providing Comments and Concerns on Draft Regional Official Plan Amendment 25 on Behalf of Solmar Development Corporation

Received

 
x)
David Burnett, Manager, Provincial and Regional Policy, Planning and Development Division, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Letter dated October 27, 2009, Providing Comments and Concerns on Draft Regional Official Plan Amendment 25

Received

 
xi)
Andrew Walker, Gagnon Law Bozzo, Urban Planners Ltd., Letter dated October 29, 2009, Providing Comments on Proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment 25 on Behalf of the North West Brampton Landowners Group Inc. (NWBLG).

Received

See also Item 6.a.ii


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 10:08 a.m.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED:



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Deputy Clerk