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The Council of The Regional Municipality of York

Minutes of the
Meeting Held on June 23, 2016


[Accessible formats or communication supports are available upon request
Contact: Regional Clerk’s Office, regional.clerk@york.ca, 18774649675 extension 71320]

 

Regional Council met at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers, York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, with Regional Chair Emmerson presiding.

 

The following were also in attendance:

Mayors:

D. Barrow, M. Bevilacqua, V. Hackson, S. Pellegrini, M. Quirk,
F. Scarpitti, T. Van Bynen

Regional Councillors:

N. Armstrong, M. Di Biase, M. Ferri, J. Heath, B. Hogg, J. Jones,
J. Li, V. Spatafora, J. Taylor, D. Wheeler

Staff:

D. Basso, B. Hughes, J. Hulton, D. Kostopoulos, K. Kurji,
B. Macgregor, E. Mahoney, V. Shuttleworth, M.F. Turner, A. Urbanski


 

Disclosures of Interest

 

88 2016 Water and Wastewater Master Plan Update

 

Clause 12 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 10

 

Regional Councillor Di Biase declared an interest in Clause 12 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 10 regarding “2016 Water and Wastewater Master Plan” as it relates to Block 27 in the City of Vaughan, due to his children owning property within Block 27. Regional Councillor Di Biase did not take part in the consideration or discussion of or vote on this portion of this item.

(See Minute No. 100.)

 

Minutes

 

89 Minutes of the Council Meeting held on May 19, 2016  

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Hogg, seconded by Regional Councillor Heath that Council confirm the Minutes of the Council meeting held on May 19, 2016 in the form supplied to the Members.

Carried

 

Presentation

 

Council heard the following presentation:

 

[Click on the title of the following Presentation to view it]

 

90 York Region Rapid Transit Corporation 2015 Annual Report [5 MB]

 

Mary-Frances Turner, President, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) provided Council with an overview of YRRTC’s 2015 Annual Report.

Ms. Turner highlighted 2015 milestones achieved on capital projects including bus rapidways and stations, facilities and terminals, and the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension. She also highlighted potential benefits of future projects including the Yonge North Subway Extension and Viva bus rapid transit projects.

Ms. Turner affirmed YRRTC’s commitment to social responsibility and community engagement by taking care to minimize impacts of construction on residents, business owners and commuters as much as possible.

Mayor Scarpitti, Chair of the YRTTC Board of Directors, expressed pride in the rapid transit program and gratitude to the YRRTC team and York Regional staff for their hard work and commitment to excellence.

It was moved by Mayor Scarpitti, seconded by Regional Councillor Jones that Council receive the presentation and the communication from the President, YRRTC dated June 22, 2016 attaching a copy of the YRRTC 2015 Annual Report [16 MB].

Carried

Communications

 

Council considered the following communications:

 

[Click on the titles of the following Communications to view them]

 

91 10-Year Housing Plan 2015 Progress Report

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Taylor, seconded by Regional Councillor Armstrong that Council receive the communication from Valerie Shuttleworth, Chief Planner dated June 14, 2016 and refer it to consideration of Clause 17 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 10.

Carried

(See Minute No. 100.)

 

92 Notice of Study Completion - Transportation Environmental Study Report - Highway 404 from 407 ETR to Green Lane

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Spatafora, seconded by Regional Councillor Wheeler that Council receive the communication from Neil Ahmed, Consultant Project Manager, MMM Group Limited dated June 9, 2016.

Carried

 

93 Planning and Preliminary Design Study - 407 Transitway from east of Kennedy Road to east of Brock Road

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Heath, seconded by Regional Councillor Li that Council receive the communication from Grant Kauffman, Senior Environmental Planner, LGL Limited dated June 7, 2016.

Carried

 

94 Railway Crossings Grade Separation Prioritization Study

 

It was moved by Mayor Barrow, seconded by Regional Councillor Hogg that Council receive the communication from Stephen Huycke, Town Clerk, Town of Richmond Hill dated June 6, 2016 and refer it to staff.

Carried

 

95 2016 Transportation Master Plan Update

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor DiBiase, seconded by Regional Councillor Ferri that Council receive the communication from Dr. Anthony Francescucci, President, Weston Downs Ratepayers Association and refer it to consideration of Clause 4 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 10.

Carried

(See Minute No. 100.)

 

96 Regional Express Rail Update

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Spatafora, seconded by Mayor Van Bynen that Council receive the communication from Daniel Kostopoulos, Commissioner of Transportation Services dated June 22, 2015 and refer it to consideration of Clause 5 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 10.

Carried

(See Minute No. 100.)

 

97 Duffin Creek Plant Annual Sustainability Report

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Wheeler, seconded by Mayor Scarpitti that Council receive the communication from Erin Mahoney, Commissioner of Environmental Services dated June 23, 2016.

Carried

 

98 Proposed Amendment No. 137 to the Whitchurch-Stouffville Official Plan

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Armstrong, seconded by Mayor Quirk that Council receive the communication from Tom Pechkovsky, Manager, Planning Services, York Catholic District School Board dated June 22, 2016 and refer it to consideration of Clause 6 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 11.

Carried

(See Minute No. 101.)

 

99 Proposed Amendment No. 137 to the Whitchurch-Stouffville Official Plan 

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Armstrong, seconded by Mayor Quirk that Council receive the communication from Tim Jessop, Associate, Weston Consulting dated June 22, 2016 and refer it to consideration of Clause 6 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 11.

Carried

(See Minute No. 101.)

 

Consideration and Adoption of Reports

 

[Click on the titles of the following Reports to view them]

 

100 Report No. 10 of the Committee of the Whole – June 9, 2016

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Spatafora, seconded by Regional Councillor Wheeler that Council adopt the recommendations in Report No. 10 of Committee of the Whole.

Carried

(See Minute Nos. 88, 91, 95 and 96.)

 

101 Report No. 11 of the Committee of the Whole – June 16, 2016

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor DiBiase, seconded by Mayor Barrow that Council adopt the recommendations in Report No. 11 of Committee of the Whole with the following amendment:

 

Federal and Provincial Infrastructure Funding Opportunities (Clause 11)

 

It was moved by Mayor Scarpitti, seconded by Mayor Bevilacqua that Council adopt the recommendations in Clause 11 as amended to include the following direction to staff:

1. Staff pursue the prospect of directing the Public Transit Infrastructure Funding (estimated to be $35 million) to the Yonge North Subway Extension subject to:

a) The recently announced provincial funding ($55 million) being deemed to satisfy the matching funds from other sources; and

b) An appropriate extension to the March 2018 deadline such that the work can be completed or arrangements made to the satisfaction of the Federal Government.

2. In the event that the conditions are not met or this does not satisfy the criteria set out by Provincial and Federal governments, staff proceed with the recommendations set out in the report.

3. The President, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation be asked to report to the Board setting out:

a) The recommended priorities among currently unfunded Bus Rapid Transit projects and funding opportunities (including funds from the sale of surplus properties along the Bus Rapid Transit corridor) for consideration in the 2017 capital budget deliberations.

b) Associated business cases supporting applications to Metrolinx and to Phase 2 of the Federal infrastructure program.

Carried

The main motion moved by Regional Councillor DiBiase, seconded by Mayor Barrow that Council adopt the recommendations as amended in Report No. 11 of Committee of the Whole, carried as amended.

(See Minute Nos. 98 and 99)

 

102 Report No. 2 of the Audit Committee – June 16, 2016

 

It was moved by Mayor Hackson, seconded by Mayor Quirk that Council adopt the recommendations in Report No. 2 of the Audit Committee.

Carried

 

103 Report No. 1 of the Debenture Committee – May 19, 2016

 

It was moved by Mayor Barrow, seconded by Mayor Pellegrini that Council adopt the recommendations in Report No. 1 of the Debenture Committee.

Carried

 

Introduction and Approval of Bylaws

 

[Click on the numbers of the following Bylaws to view them]

 

104 Bylaws

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Armstrong, seconded by Regional Councillor Wheeler that Council approve and enact the following bylaws in the form as noted on the Revised Agenda.

 

Bylaw No. 2016-39

 

A bylaw to delegate authority to the Regional Treasurer to establish “clawback” percentages for the 2016 taxation year for the commercial and industrial property classes

 

Bylaw No. 2016-40

 

A bylaw for the imposition of wastewater works development charges against land in the Nobleton Community of the Township of King

 

Bylaw No. 2016-41

 

A bylaw to amend Bylaw No. R-629-79-109 to authorize the erection of stop signs

 

Bylaw No. 2016-42

 

A bylaw to authorize an agreement for the provision of a municipal capital facility at 9275 Markham Road, City of Markham

 

Bylaw No. 2016-43

 

A bylaw to amend Bylaw No. 2011-57 being a bylaw to appoint a risk management official and risk management inspectors

 

Bylaw No. 2016-45

 

A bylaw to abandon certain lands for or in connection with the widening and reconstruction of Major Mackenzie Drive West (YR 25), City of Vaughan

 

Bylaw No. 2016-46

 

A bylaw to acquire certain lands for or in connection with the construction of the bus rapid transit corridor along Yonge Street, Town of Newmarket

 

Bylaw No. 2016-47

 

A bylaw to acquire certain lands for or in connection with the widening and reconstruction of Yonge Street, Town of Newmarket and Town of East Gwillimbury

 

Bylaw No. 2016-48

 

A bylaw to establish a public highway - Major Mackenzie Drive, Yonge Street, 14th Avenue and Woodbine Avenue

 

Bylaw No. 2016-49

 

A bylaw to remove part of Old Bloomington Road from the Regional Road System in the Town of Aurora and the Town of Richmond Hill

 

Bylaw No. 2016-50

 

A bylaw to amend Bylaw No. D-0176-2006-018 being a bylaw to authorize the borrowing upon serial debentures in the amount of $39,200,000 towards the cost of certain capital works of The Regional Municipality of York

 

Bylaw No. 2016-51

 

A bylaw to amend Bylaw No. D-0177-2006-019 being a bylaw to authorize the borrowing upon serial debentures in the amount of $28,952,000 towards the cost of certain capital works of The Regional Municipality of York

 

Bylaw No. 2016-52

 

A bylaw to amend Bylaw No. 2008-38 being a bylaw to authorize the borrowing upon serial debentures in the principal amount of $10,800,000 towards the cost of certain capital works of The Regional Municipality of York

 

Bylaw No. 2016-53

 

A bylaw to amend Bylaw No. 2008-37 being a bylaw to authorize the borrowing upon serial debentures in the principal amount of $12,348,000 towards the cost of certain capital works of The Regional Municipality of York

 

Bylaw No. 2016-54

 

A bylaw to amend Bylaw No. 2011-39 being a bylaw to authorize the borrowing upon serial debentures in the principal amount of $6,000,000 towards the cost of certain capital works of The Corporation of the Township of King

 

Bylaw No. 2016-55

 

A bylaw to amend Bylaw No. 2011-63 being a bylaw to authorize the borrowing upon serial debentures in the principal amount of $6,000,000 towards the cost of certain capital works of The Corporation of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

 

Bylaw No. 2016-56

 

A bylaw to amend Bylaw No. 2011-64 being a bylaw to authorize the borrowing upon serial debentures in the principal amount of $12,806,000 towards the cost of certain capital works of The Corporation of the City of Vaughan

 

Bylaw No. 2016-57

 

A bylaw to amend Bylaw No. 2012-78 being a bylaw to authorize the borrowing upon serial debentures in the aggregate principal amount of $22,446,975 towards the cost of certain capital works of The Corporation of the City of Vaughan

 

Bylaw No. 2016-58

 

A bylaw to amend Bylaw No. 2014-74 being a bylaw to authorize the borrowing upon serial debentures in the aggregate principal amount of $9,056,000 towards the cost of certain capital works of The Corporation of the City of Vaughan

Carried

 

Motions

 

105 2016 Draft Policy Amendments to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

 

It was moved by Mayor Scarpitti, seconded by Mayor Bevilacqua:

 

Whereas the Province, commencing in May 2015 initiated a consultation process for review of the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe;

And Whereas the process culminated in a report of the Provincial Advisory “Crombie” Panel (87 recommendations) in December 2015, leading to release of proposed Plan amendments by the Province in May 2016;

And Whereas collectively the proposed amendments set out substantial direction for consistent community building from Niagara to Clarington, including increases to intensification (40% to 60%) and Designated Greenfield Area density (50 persons & jobs per hectare to 80 persons & jobs per hectare) targets;

And Whereas York Region has made significant investments in infrastructure and long term planning to implement the Growth Plan 2006 policies over the past 10 years;

And Whereas York Regional Council endorsed the 40% intensification strategy to the current Regional Municipal Comprehensive Review;

And Whereas communities represented by municipally-elected Councillors should have more time to analyze the effect of the proposed amendments on city-building objectives and consult with constituencies to provide informed feedback;

Therefore be it resolved that:

1. The Province of Ontario be requested to extend the commenting deadline to December 31, 2016 for comments on the Draft Provincial Plan Amendments, and to confirm in writing by July 1, 2016 the granting of such request.

2. The Province of Ontario be requested to work with York Regional staff to develop a transitional policy on the new Growth Plan.

Carried

(See Clause 7 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 11.)

 

Other Business

 

106 Additional Council Meeting on September 8, 2016

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor DiBiase, seconded by Mayor Hackson that Council amend the approved meeting schedule and authorize an additional Council meeting to be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016 following Committee of the Whole in the Council Chambers, Regional Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, Ontario.

The meeting will relate to the 2016 Provincial draft policy amendments to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.

 

107 Council Education Session on September 29, 2016

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Heath, seconded by Mayor Hackson that Regional Council hold a meeting that is closed to the public pursuant to section 239(3.1) of the Municipal Act for the purposes of educating its Members on matters pertaining to housing innovations.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers, Regional Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, Ontario.

 

108 Daniel Kostopoulos, Commissioner of Transportation Services

 

Regional Chair Emmerson congratulated Daniel Kostopoulos, Commissioner of Transportation Services, on his future role as City Manager at the City of Vaughan. During 16 years at York Region, Mr. Kostopoulos earned a reputation as someone who always delivers. He was responsible for delivering significant capital projects like the Duffin Creek Plant Expansion and the Southeast Collector Truck Sewer Project. This year he is on track to deliver 120% of his goals in Transportation Services.

On behalf of Council, Regional Chair Emmerson thanked the Commissioner for his leadership and impressive accomplishments and wished him all the best in his future at the City of Vaughan.

Commissioner Kostopoulos thanked Members of Council for their trust and support. During his time at York Region the population has grown rapidly and he has had the honour of helping to service that growth by planning and delivering major infrastructure projects. The Commissioner expressed that it was a privilege to work under the leadership of Regional Chair Emmerson, former Regional Chair Fisch, CAO Bruce Macgregor, Commissioner Erin Mahoney and Chief of Staff Lina Bigioni. Mr. Kostopoulos praised York Region staff as among the best in the country and recognized the great teams he had the privilege to serve with at the Region.

Bruce Macgregor, CAO expressed that Mr. Kostopoulos will be missed but the Region will have a strong ally at the City of Vaughan. Mr. Macgregor indicated that Stephen Collins, Director, Infrastructure Management and Project Management Office will be Acting Commissioner of Transportation Services for the next few months pending the appointment of the new Commissioner.

 

Consideration and Adoption of Private Items

 

109 Private Session

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Li, seconded by Regional Councillor Ferri that Council convene in Private Session for the purpose of considering the following.

 

1. Unionville Affordable Seniors’ Housing Development Agreements - Land Acquisition

2. Memorandum - Buttonville Airport Redevelopment - OMB Update - Litigation

Carried

 

Council met in Private Session at 10:22 a.m. and reconvened in public at 10:25 a.m.

 

It was moved by Mayor Quirk, seconded by Mayor Hackson that Council rise and report from Private Session.

Carried

 

110 Unionville Affordable Seniors’ Housing Development Agreements

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Jones, seconded by Regional Councillor Li that Council receive the private report dated May 27, 2016 from the Commissioner of Community and Health Services.

Carried

 

111 Memorandum - Buttonville Airport Redevelopment - OMB Update

 

It was moved by Mayor Scarpitti, seconded by Regional Councillor Wheeler that Council receive the private memorandum dated June 16, 2016 from the Chief Planner.

Carried

Confirmatory Bylaw

 

112 Bylaw 2016-44

 

It was moved by Mayor Pellegrini, seconded by Mayor Barrow that Council enact Bylaw No. 2016-44 to confirm the proceedings of this meeting of Council held on June 23, 2016.

 

The Council meeting adjourned at 10:27 a.m.

 

____________     
Regional Clerk

 

Minutes confirmed and adopted at the meeting of Regional Council held on September 22, 2016.

 

____________    
Regional Chair

 


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