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Regional Council Minutes

 

The Council of The Regional Municipality of York

 

Minutes of the
Meeting Held on October 20, 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:

J. Altmann, D. Barrow, M. Bevilacqua, G. Dawe, V. Hackson, M. Quirk, F. Scarpitti, T. Van Bynen

Regional Councillors:

N. Armstrong, M. Di Biase, M. Ferri, J. Heath, B. Hogg, J. Jones,
G. Rosati, V. Spatafora, J. Taylor

Staff:

B. Hughes, J. Hulton, P. Jankowski, K. Kurji, B. Macgregor,
E. Mahoney, M. Shatil, V. Shuttleworth, M.F. Turner, A. Urbanski


Disclosures of Interest

 

140  New GO Stations in York Region to Support Regional Express Rail
Clause 5 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 14

 

Regional Councillor Di Biase declared an interest in Clause 5 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 14 regarding “New GO Stations in York Region to Support Regional Express Rail”, due to his children owning land near the Kirby GO Station, and did not take part in the discussion of or vote on this item.

(See Minute Nos. 146 and 153.)

 

141  York Region Annual Tourism Update
Clause 4 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 15

 

Regional Councillor Taylor declared an interest in Clause 4 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 15 regarding “York Region Annual Tourism Update” as his wife is Vice-President of Marketing at Metroland Media. Regional Councillor Taylor did not take part in the discussion of or vote on this item.

(See Minute No. 154.)

 

142  Draft Provincial Plan Amendments Regional Submission
Clause 6 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 15

 

Regional Councillor Di Biase declared an interest in Clause 6 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 15 regarding “Draft Provincial Plan Amendments Regional Submission” as his children own land in Northeast Vaughan Block 27 which was inherited from their maternal grandfather. Regional Councillor Di Biase did not take part in the discussion of or vote on this item.

(See Minute Nos. 149, 150, 151 and 154.)

 

Minutes

 

143  Minutes of the Council Meeting held on September 22, 2016

 

It was moved by Mayor Barrow, seconded by Regional Councillor Heath that Council confirm the Minutes of the Council meeting held on September 22, 2016 in the form supplied to the Members.

Carried

Communications

 

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

 

Council considered the following communications:

 

144  Character Community Week - October 24-29, 2016

 

It was moved by Mayor Quirk, seconded by Mayor Hackson that Council receive the communication from Karen Addison, Executive Director, Character Community Foundation of York Region dated August 23, 2016 and recognize the week of October 24 to 29, 2016 Character Community Week in York Region.

Carried

 

145  PRESTO Operating Agreement and Governance Update

 

It was moved by Mayor Scarpitti, seconded by Regional Councillor Spatafora that Council receive the communication from Paul Jankowski, Commissioner of Transportation Services, dated October 17, 2016.

Carried

 

146  New GO Stations in York Region to Support Metrolinx's Regional Transportation Plan and Regional Express Rail Program

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Ferri, seconded by Regional Councillor Jones that Council receive the communication from Paul Jankowski, Commissioner of Transportation Services dated October 17, 2016 and refer it to consideration of Clause 5 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 14.

Carried

(See Minute Nos. 140 and 153.)

 

147  Clarification - 2015 Diversion Report and SM4RT Living Integrated Waste Management Master Plan 

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Heath, seconded by Mayor Hackson that Council receive the communication from Erin Mahoney, Commissioner of Environmental Services dated October 20, 2016 and refer it to consideration of Clause 7 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 14.

Carried

(See Minute No. 153.)

 

148  Town of Georgina Official Plan 2016

 

It was moved by Mayor Quirk, seconded by Mayor Altmann that Council receive the communication from Valerie Shuttleworth, Chief Planner dated October 18, 2016 and refer it to consideration of Clause 5 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 15.

Carried

(See Minute No. 154.)

 

149  Town of Newmarket's Comments, Coordinated Provincial Plans Review

 

It was moved by Mayor Van Bynen, seconded by Regional Councillor Taylor that Council receive the communication from Andrew Brouwer, Director of Legislative Services/Town Clerk, Town of Newmarket dated October 14, 2016 and refer it to consideration of Clause 6 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 15.

Carried

(See Minute Nos. 142 and 154.)

 

150  Proposed Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Hogg, seconded by Regional Councillor Rosati that Council receive the communication from Ryan Mino-Leahan, Associate/Senior Planner, KLM Planning Partners Inc. on behalf of Robintide Farms Limited dated October 19, 2016 and refer it to consideration of Clause 6 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 15.

(See Minute Nos. 142 and 154.)

 

151  Draft Provincial Plan Amendments Regional Submission

 

It was moved by Mayor Dawe, seconded by Regional Councillor Armstrong that Council receive the communication from Catherine Lyons, Goodmans LLP on behalf of Kennedy McCowan Landowner Group dated October 19, 2016 and refer it to consideration of Clause 6 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 15.

Carried

(See Minute Nos. 142 and 154.)

 

152  Street Lighting and Light Pollution

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Heath, seconded by Regional Councillor Di Biase that Council receive and refer to staff the communication from Peter Hiscocks, Chair of the Committee on Light Pollution, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Chapter dated October 9, 2016.

Carried

 

Consideration and Adoption of Reports

 

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

 

153  Report No. 14 of Committee of the Whole – October 6, 2016

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Spatafora, seconded by Regional Councillor Taylor that Council adopt the recommendations in Report No. 15 of Committee of the Whole with the following amendments as noted:

 

2015 Diversion Report and SM4RT Living Integrated Waste Management Master Plan Update (Clause 7)

 

Add the following recommendation:

3. The body of the report dated September 23, 2016 from the Commissioner of Environmental Services be amended as recommended in the memorandum from Erin Mahoney, Commissioner of Environmental Services dated October 18, 2016.

Carried

(See Minute Nos. 140, 146, 147.)

 

154  Report No. 15 of Committee of the Whole – October 13, 2016

 

It was moved by Mayor Altmann, seconded by Mayor Barrow that Council adopt the recommendations in Report No. 15 of Committee of the Whole with the following amendments as noted:

 

Town of Georgina Official Plan 2016 (Clause 5)

 

Add the following recommendations:

4. The Province be requested to amend the Greenbelt Plan to protect the North Gwillimbury Forest lands within Maple Lake Estates and increase the amount of land within the Protected Countryside by transferring the Towns and Villages Designation to lands, excluding the environmentally sensitive lands,   located on the south side of Deer Park Road as shown on Attachment A, pursuant to discussions between the Province, the landowner, the Town of Georgina, the Regional Municipality of York, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, and the North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance.

5. The body of the report dated September 30, 2016 from the Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Planner be amended as recommended in the memorandum from Valerie Shuttleworth, Chief Planner dated October 18, 2016.

6. The Regional Chair write a letter to the Province in support of Council’s recommendations regarding the North Gwillimbury forest lands within Maple Lake Estates.

Carried

(See Minute Nos. 141, 142, 148, 149, 150 and 151.)

 

155  Report No. 3 of the Audit Committee – October 5, 2016

 

It was moved by Mayor Hackson, seconded by Mayor Dawe that Council adopt the recommendations in Report No. 3 of the Audit Committee.

Carried

 

156  Report No. 2 of the Debenture Committee – September 30, 2016

 

It was moved by Mayor Barrow, seconded by Mayor Van Bynen that Council adopt the recommendations in Report No. 2 of the Debenture Committee.

Carried

 

157  Report No. 1 of the Commissioner of Environmental Services - Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Ferri, seconded by Regional Councillor Taylor that Council adopt the recommendations in Report No. 1 of the Commissioner of Environmental Services regarding Clean Water and Wastewater Fund as follows:

1. Council endorse the following Regional projects for submission under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund:

• Environmental Services

o York-Durham Sewage System Sewer Rehabilitation

o Water Transmission Main Replacement

o Upper York Sewage Solutions: Phosphorus Offset Program & Membrane Filtration Pilot

o Erosion Monitoring and Maintenance Program

o Duffin Creek Plant Field Testing for Phosphorus Removal Study

o Monitoring and Targeting Program – Submetering Installation

o Technical Feasibility Study – Innovative Technologies for Pumping and Treatment Operations

• Transportation Asset Management

o Culvert Inspection and Rehabilitation

o Embankment Washout Repair

o Condition Assessment Data for Stormwater Infrastructure

Carried

 

Introduction and Approval of Bylaws

 

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

 

158  Bylaws

 

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

 

Bylaw No. 2016-64 

 

To authorize the borrowing upon serial debentures in the principal amount of $13,028,000 toward the cost of road and watermain capital works of The Corporation of the City of Vaughan as set out in Schedule “A” to the bylaw

 

Bylaw No. 2016-66 

 

A bylaw to establish public highways to form part of Yonge Street (YR 1) in the Town of Richmond Hill

 

Bylaw No. 2016-67

 

A bylaw to amend Bylaw No. R-393-76-66 to designate turning movements on Yonge Street (Y.R. 1) at Wellington Street (Y.R. 15) in the Town of Aurora

 

Bylaw No. 2016-69 

 

A bylaw to establish public highways to form part of King Road (YR 11) in the Township of King

Carried

 

Other Business

 

159  Protection of Migratory and Resident Birds

 

Regional Councillor Heath advised Council that the City of Markham adopted Bird Friendly Guidelines to offer design-based solutions to make glass on buildings more visible to birds and avoid bird window collisions. Regional Councillor Heath suggested that staff consider following similar guidelines. In response, the Chief Administrative Officer said that the Chief Planner would look into this issue and consult with the local municipalities.

 

160  York Region Matters

 

Regional Chair Emmerson advised Council that the fall edition of the York Region Matters newsletter is now available. This edition of the newsletter highlights the 45th anniversary of York Region and highlights York Region’s achievements since 1971.

 

161  Bob Hunter Memorial Park, City of Markham

 

Regional Chair Emmerson invited Members of Council and the public to celebrate the official opening of Bob Hunter Memorial Park in the City of Markham on Saturday, October 22 at 10 a.m.

 

162  Adelina Urbanski, Commissioner of Community and Health Services

 

Regional Chair Emmerson advised Members of Council that Adelina Urbanski, Commissioner of Community and Health Services, has announced that she will retire in February 2017.

Regional Chair Emmerson indicated that Ms. Urbanski joined the Region in 2010 as Commissioner of Community and Health Services, the Region’s largest Department with approximately half of all Regional staff. Ms. Urbanski oversees the staff that support Housing York Inc., the Human Services Planning Board, the Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Seniors Strategy Advisory Task Force. Regional Chair Emmerson praised Commissioner Urbanski for enhancing the Region’s vision for creating strong and caring communities.

Regional Councillor Taylor noted that Commissioner Urbanski has a passion for supporting the residents of York Region, particularly those who face challenges and barriers.

Mayor Scarpitti praised Commissioner Urbanski for making a difference in the lives of York Region residents.

On behalf of Council, Regional Chair Emmerson thanked Ms. Urbanski for her leadership and wished her health and happiness on her retirement in February 2017.

 

163  Regional Councillor Wheeler

 

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

 

Whereas section 259 of the Municipal Act provides that the seat of a member becomes vacant if the member is absent from the meetings of the council for three successive months without being authorized to do so by resolution of the council;

And Whereas Regional Councillor Wheeler last attended Regional Council on June 23, 2016;

And Whereas Regional Councillor Wheeler was first absent from Regional Council on September 22, 2016, and has been absent since that date due to illness;

Now Therefore Be It Resolved that Council permit the absence of Regional Councillor Wheeler to continue until he feels his health has improved so that he may resume his duties as a Member of this Council.

Carried

 

Confirmatory Bylaw

 

164  Bylaw 2016-68

 

It was moved by Mayor Altmann, seconded by Mayor Hackson that Council enact Bylaw No. 2016-68 to confirm the proceedings of this meeting of Council held on October 20, 2016.

 

The Council meeting adjourned at 9:41 a.m.

 

____________
Regional Clerk

 

Minutes confirmed and adopted at the meeting of Regional Council held on November 17, 2016.

 

____________
Regional Chair

 

 


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