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October 21, 2019

The Agenda (Revised) for the October 21, 2019 Council Meeting has been released.

Meeting Start Time: 7:00 p.m.

Meeting Location: Petun Ballroom, Blue Mountain Resorts - 242 Jozo Weider Blvd, Blue Mountains, ON

For full meeting details, and to review the agenda package, visit the Council Calendar.

*Note: This Council meeting will not be livestreamed however, a video recording of the meeting will be posted to the Town website following the meeting.

Resurfacing work on the Georgian Trail will cause soft trail conditions from Grey Road 21 to Old Lakeshore Road

Please be advised that due to resurfacing work being conducted on the Georgian Trail, the section of trail from Grey Road 12 to Old Lakeshore Road will be softer than usual.  Please exercise care when using this section of the trail, particularly when cycling.

The Beaver Valley Outreach (BVO) is currently accepting applications for the following positions: 

For more information, please visit: http://www.bvo.ca/employment-opportunities.cfm

The Town of The Blue Mountains are seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, from members of the public for appointment to the Committee of Adjustment for the balance of the term of Council, being 2018 - 2020:

The Blue Mountains Committee of Adjustment

3 member Committee, 2 Committee members have been appointed

1 additional member being sought

Applicants are encouraged to include background information and any special qualifications or interest related to the Committee of Adjustment. Information regarding the Committee of Adjustment is available on our Town’s website at:

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/committee-of-adjustment.cfm

NOTE:  Applicants shall be qualified electors within the Town of The Blue Mountains

All Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, October 25, 2019 1:00 pm to:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Attention:  Town Clerk

32 Mill Street

Thornbury, Ontario    N0H 2P0

townclerk@thebluemountains.ca

Personal information provided by the applicant is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 and will be used for the purpose of candidate selection.  The Town of The Blue Mountains is an equal opportunity organization.  Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The Revised Agenda for The Blue Mountains, Committee of The Whole Meeting on October 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. is available.

Please note the changes include the Revised Agenda and agenda item B.1.3 Deputation: Doug Hackbart RE: Comments and Response to request to purchase a portion of Victoria Street North Thornbury

For additional information, please visit the Council Calendar.

October 7 to October 11, 2019

One lane restricted in front of 104 Wensley Drive (Georgian Peaks) for site servicing installation

For more information please contact:

Jim McCannell, Manager of Roads and Drainage
Operations Department
32 Mill Street, Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
519-599-3131 ext. 271
email: managerroadsdrainage@thebluemountains.ca

Town of The Blue Mountains Water Department will be performing repair work on the Town’s Water Distribution System in the area of Arlberg Cres on Friday October 4, 2019. Residents may experience reduced pressure in the surrounding area. Temporary Lane restrictions may also be in effect. 

We apologize for any inconvenience that this temporary interruption may cause you. 

For more information contact:
Water/Wastewater Inquiries
519-599-3131 ext 284

The Agenda for The Blue Mountains, Committee of the Whole Meeting on October 7, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time of 1:00 p.m.

For additional information, please visit the Council Calendar.

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of the Whole meeting on October 28, 2019 at 5:00pm

The purpose of this application is to consider a request to increase the maximum permitted lot coverage on the subject lands from 30% to 35%.  Lot coverage means the percentage of the lot area covered by all buildings and structures (excluding pools and decks).  The proposed increase in coverage is requested as the homes being designed for these lots have the option to also include a covered porch (loggia).  The proposed increase of 5% lot coverage would only apply to the covered porch portion.

The effect of this application is to consider a new site specific exception as follows: a covered porch may exceed the maximum permitted lot coverage up to 35% of the lot area.

Public Meeting: October 28, 2019 at 5:00pm 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Beaver Valley Community Centre, Thornbury Starting Oct 20, 2019

If you are interested in learning how to play hockey, consider signing up for this program!

Begins October 20, 2019 and runs every Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Two sessions, 10 skates each, $160 per session.  

First instalment is due Oct 11, 2019 and the second instalment is due Jan 3, 2020.

Must have commitment to run the program!

For more information, or to register, please contact Megan Comly at meagan.comly@gmail.com   

The Agenda for the Special Meeting of Council on Monday, September 30, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time of 1:00 p.m.

For further information, please visit the Council Calendar.

This Public Meeting Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment Meeting on October 16, 2019.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING - B14-2019 & B15-2019 (Sheridan)

The Agenda for The Blue Mountains, Council Meeting of September 30, 2019 is available.

Please note the meeting start time of 7:00 p.m.

For additional information, please visit the Council Calendar.

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment meeting on October 16, 2019

NOTICE - A18-2019 (209 Craighleith Road)

Closure Due to Pedestrian Crossing Construction Work

Please be advised that the washroom facilities at Northwinds Beach will be closed on September 30, 2019 until the spring of 2020.  This closure is to accommodate pedestrian crossing construction work being conducted at the park.

A privy unit has been delivered to the park and will remain in place for public use until October 30, 2019.

Scheduled for 8:30 a.m. September 25, 2019

A Special Meeting of Council has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on September 25, 2019.

The Agenda is now available.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Council of the Town of The Blue Mountains and former Councillor Michael Seguin are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement resolving all differences arising from Mr. Seguin’s tenure and subsequent resignation from Council. Following an honest and productive discussion, the agreement specifies that neither party bears any fault or liability for the events leading to Mr. Seguin’s Application for a Judicial Review of the procedural processes used under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to investigate and adjudicate the complaints against him while a sitting Councillor, including all complaints brought forward before the Office of the Integrity Commissioner.  The Settlement provides for a fair and reasonable payment by the Town to Mr. Seguin in the amount of $26,500.00 to compensate him for the costs he incurred as part of his legal challenge. The Town has also agreed to waive the enforcement of a cost award issued against Mr. Seguin as a result of the abandonment of his court challenge.

In reaching this agreement, the Town wishes to thank the former Member of Council for his years of public service. At the same time, Michael would like to express his gratitude to the current Council for acknowledging his disappointment with the inquiry process and assisting him in the partial recovery of his costs.

The parties will have no further comment in this matter or on the contents of the Settlement Agreement.  

D.1-FAF.19.200-Execution-of-Agreement-between-Michael-Seguin-and-Town-of-The-Blue-Mountains-REVISED (3.38 MB)

The Agenda for The Blue Mountains Special Meeting of Council on September 23, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 8:30 a.m.

For additional information, please visit the Council Calendar.

This Public Meeting Notice will be considered at the Town Council Meeting on October 7, 2019.

The County of Grey and the Town of The Blue Mountains are seeking input on a development application that would create a total of 31 single detached residential units on Block 38, Registered Plan 16M-24. 

Public Meeting: October 7, 2019 at 5:00pm 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

This Public Meeting Notice is being considered at the October 7, 2019 Town Council Meeting

The applicants are seeking approval to refine the zoned hazard area on the property, to allow them to build a single detached house. The current zoning is Residential (R1-1) and Hazard (H). The area of Hazard (H) is through the centre of the lot and impacts the ability to build a house. 

Public Meeting: October 7, 2019 at 5:00pm 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

The Agenda for The Blue Mountians, Special Meeting of Council on September 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. is available.

The Revised Agenda for The Blue Mountains, Committee of The Whole Meeting on September 16, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. is available.

Please note the changes include the Revised Agenda,  the attachment to B.9.2 Alternative Landfille Hours, CSOPS.19.073 Staff Report and the following Correspondence at B.15.

B.15.1 Doreen and Sydney Chamberlain, Resident Re: Proposed Bed & Breakfast - 116 Campbell Crescent

B.15.2 Graeme Duncan, Resident Re: Proposed Bed & Breakfast - 116 Campbell Crescent

B.15.3 Jill Duncan, Resident Re: Proposed Bed & Breakfast - 116 Campbell Crescent

B.15.4 Judy and Jim Hanna, Resident Re: Application for Re-zonng - 160 Grand Cypress Lane

B.15.5 Brian Nelson, Resident Re: Report PDS.19.75 Zoning By-law Amendment - Short Term Accommodation Uses

For additional information, please visit the Council Calendar.

The Agenda for the Special Committee of the Whole Meeting on September 17, 2019 is available.

Please noted the start time of 8:45 a.m.

For further information, please visit the Council Calendar.

The Agenda for The Blue Mountains, Committee of the Whole Meeting on September 16, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 11:30 a.m.

For additional information, please visit the Council Calendar.

Public Meeting Date: October 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers
32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
 

What is being proposed?

The Town is considering revisions to its existing Regulating Sewer Discharge By-Law 2013-37 to address the regulatory framework for high strength and industrial wastewater users.

Updating the By-Law and incorporating both sanitary and storm sewer discharge criteria, the By-Law, if passed, will allow the Town to take a proactive and fiscally responsible initiative to safeguard the Town’s infrastructure, public health, property and the environment, now and into the future. The proposed draft Regulating Sewer Discharge By-Law regulates all users: residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional and addresses extraneous flows from users discharging to the sewers.

Staff report CSPW.19.039 Regulating Sewer Discharge By-law 2013-37 Update provides additional information regarding the proposed changes.

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Town of The Blue Mountains, at its regularly scheduled Council Meeting on November 13, 2019, will consider the adoption of a new Regulating Sewer Discharge By-Law and repeal the existing Regulating Sewer Discharge By-law 2013-37.

Public Meeting Notice

For more information contact:
Allison Kershaw, Manager of Water and Wastewater Services
519-599-3131 ext. 226

Wednesday, September 11 in Thornbury

The Seniors Network Blue Mountains will host its third Seniors Information and Active Living Fair on Wednesday, September 11.

The fair will run from 10 am to 2 pm at the Beaver Valley Community Centre at 58 Alfred Street West in Thornbury, and admission is free.

If you are a senior or caregiver in the area this is a great way to connect with many available resources including: caregiving; housing options and supports; safety; health and pharmaceutical information; meal-related options; and others. There will be more than 40 exhibitors, healthy snacks, door prizes, and an opportunity to 'Meet the 'Mayor'.

Sponsors include CARP, Town of the Blue Mountains, Balmoral Place Retirement Community, and Blue Mountain Audiology.

About the Seniors Network Blue Mountains

The network aims to provide information and raise issues of interest to seniors in the Blue Mountains area. The network was formed in 2014. It includes representatives of the Town of the Blue Mountains (Community Services) the Blue Mountains Public Library, Beaver Valley Outreach, Errinrung Long Term Care Home & Retirement Community, the Grey Bruce Health Unit, and several individuals.

For more information, contact info@seniorsnetworkinblue.org

A REVISED AGENDA for The Blue Mountains, Council Meeting on September 9, 2019 is available.

Please note the addition to the agenda is at E.5 Toronto Transporation Club Foundation - "Golf Ball Drop" Lottery Event

Additions to the agenda are correspondence at D.36 Toronto Transportation Club Foundation, D.37 Sarah-Jane Laws, Resident Re: Preliminary Property Options for Attainable Housing and D.38 Michaelen O'Malley, Resident Re: Preliminary Property Options for Attainable Housing.

For additional information, please visit the Council Calendar.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents who are supplied with Municipal Water that the annual flushing of fire hydrants and watermains is currently underway.

This is a routine maintenance procedure carried out in the Spring and Fall to ensure proper fire hydrant operation and water quality throughout the water distribution system. Lower water pressure due to hydrant flushing may be experienced in some areas. 

Minor water discolouration may occur periodically and can be rectified by letting faucets run until clear.

For more information please contact:

Water and Wastewater Inquiries  
(519) 599-3131 ext. 284

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that the mobile rideshare application, Uber is now available within the Town of The Blue Mountains.

Yesterday, the Town received confirmation from senior representatives at Uber that the technical error within the software has been fixed.

“I would like to extend my gratitude to Town staff for their persistence in working with Uber to address the need and to correct the issue” explained Chief Administrative Officer, Shawn Everitt. “The availability of transportation is a key economic development priority for the Town and Uber will help to address the need within the community.”

Residents are reminded that since Uber has not been available within the Town of The Blue Mountains, it will take time for drivers to become regularly available. If you are interested in registering as a driver, please visit: www.uber.com/ca/en/drive

For more information or to download the Uber app, please visit the app store on your phone and search for “UBER”.

For more information, please contact:

Shawn Everitt
Chief Administrative Officer
(519) 599-3131 ext. 234

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Thornbury Pier is now closed for the season.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that the Thornbury Pier is now closed for the season. Barrier fencing has been installed across the pier access to ensure public safety.

The closure of the pier is due to the above-average water levels and high winds that the region has been experiencing. In addition, crews will be conducting regular maintenance to the Thornbury Pier to ensure it is ready for next season.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information, please contact:

Community Services Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 281

The Town of The Blue Mountains is excited to announce the launch of Your View, the Town’s new online public engagement platform.

Notice- Launch of New Online Public Engagement Platform

 

The Town of The Blue Mountains is excited to announce the launch of Your View, the Town’s new online public engagement platform. Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to join the conversation by visiting https://yourview.thebluemountains.ca.

Your View, will give residents greater access to share feedback and opinions on Town projects and initiatives, as well as the opportunity to participate in community discussions, surveys, polls and fun projects such as photo contests.

Andres Paara, Chair of the Community Communications Advisory Committee, explained that “Providing the public with methods by which they can have direct input and provide opinions to important matters & initiatives within our community is a key part of the mandate of the Community Communications Advisory Committee. We believe that this new online public engagement platform will greatly assist in accomplishing this". 

All responses submitted through the online engagement platform will be reviewed by members of Council and staff. The goal of the platform is to create an open and positive online environment for idea sharing and collaboration.

“The launch of Your View is a big step forward in how the Town engages and communicates online with residents” explained Chief Administration Officer, Shawn Everitt. “The addition of this new online engagement platform allows residents and stakeholders to share feedback and participate in a discussion from the comfort of their own home.”

To participate, users are required to register for an account. Registration is a fast and easy process that can be completed in under two minutes.

Learn more and share your view by visiting: https://yourview.thebluemountains.ca

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment Meeting on September 11, 2019 at 4:00pm

The purpose of the application is to permit the creation of lots with reduced lot frontages and to construct single detached dwellings on the subject lands with reduced side yard setbacks.

The effect of the application is to provide the following relief from the R1-1-32-h6 zone:

  1. To permit an interior side yard setback of 1.5m, whereas 2.0m is required by Table 6.2.1 of the By-law;
  1. To permit minimum lot frontage of 17m, whereas a minimum of 18m is required by Table 6.2.1 of the By-law.

The subject lands are located within draft plan of subdivision 42T-94004.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment meeting on September 11, 2019 at 4:00pm

The purpose of this application is to permit the construction of a two-storey multi-use facility partially within the Open Space Exception zone applied to the lands.

The effect of this application is to provide the following relief from the Open Space Exception (OS-48) zone:

  1. To permit 149sq.m. of ground floor area, whereas a maximum of 50sq.m. is permitted; and
  2. To permit a maximum height of 6.6m, whereas a maximum of 4.5m is permitted.

The proposed development is also subject to site plan control and will require site plan approval prior to construction.

 

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE 

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of the Whole meeting on September 16, 2019.

The purpose of this applicaiton is to consider a request to construct a single detached dwelling on the subject lands. The effect of this application is to amend Section 4.14 of the Zoning By-law so as to permit development on a lot which does not have frontage on an open and year-round maintained public street. If approved, the proposed site-specific amendment would permit Building Permits to be issued for the lands. The legal description of the subject lands is Lot 2, Plan 807. 

Public Meeting: September 16, 2019 at 5:00pm 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

106 life jackets were collected in support of the Operation Life Jacket (OLI) initiative.

Notice- Life Jackets Collected for Northern Canadian Communities

In a partnership between the Thornbury Harbour and the Thornbury Yacht Club, 106 life jackets were collected in support of the Operation Life Jacket (OLI) initiative.

The OLI program was developed by the Canadian Ranger Foundation and the Canadian Safe Boating Council to improve boating safety in First Nation communities in Northern Canada. In Northern Canada, the supply and availability of life jackets are limited and can cost in excess of $100 each.

To support the initiative, a public call for life jacket donations was led by representatives from the Thornbury Yacht Club. Many different varieties of life jackets were donated, including brand-new lifejackets with the tags still attached. In addition, dog and racing inflatable life jackets were also donated from the community.

The Town and the Thornbury Yacht Club would like to extend a special thank you to Gyles Sails & Marine for their support and promotion of this initiative.

Thank you to everyone who donated life jackets to the Operation Life Jacket project and showing your strong community support.

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
519-599-3131 ext. 282

Watermain break on Sleepy Hollow Road between Grey Road 19 and Kitzbuhl Crescent.

Notice- Watermain Break on Sleepy Hollow Road  (UPDATED)

Update - 11:30am on August 30, 2019

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide an update to the public regarding the watermain break and Pre-cautionary Boil Water Advisory. 

The precautionary boil water advisory issued for the area of: Innsbrook Lane, Dolomite Court, Salzburg Place & Sleepy Hollow Road (111 to 135) has been lifted as of August 30, 2019.

The Town has received two sets of consecutive bacteriological results which indicate 0 presence of E.Coli and 0 presence of Total Coliform.

Please run your taps for 5 minutes after which time normal water usage and consumption may resume.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

Update- 4:00pm on August 27, 2019

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide an update to the public regarding the watermain break. Earlier this afternoon, crews successfully repaired the break and completed the required procedures to flush the system. The free chlorine remained at an acceptable level at all times.

The Town has issued a precautionary boil water advisory to the impacted area as indicated on the map above. The precautionary boil water advisory is only applicable to the impacted properties as identified on the map. The precautionary boil water advisory will be lifted when the appropriate testing has been completed. In addition, residents within the impacted areas have received hand-delivered notices of the precautionary boil water advisory.

Town officials has been in regular contact with both the Grey Bruce Health Unit and the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks, throughout the day regarding the corrective actions.

Original Notice Posted 

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public of a watermain break on Sleepy Hollow Road between Grey Road 19 and Kitzbuhl Crescent.

Town crews are on-site and are working to repair the issue. As a result, the Town has closed the impacted portion of Sleepy Hollow Road. In addition, homes within the area will experience very low water pressure.

Both the Health Unit and the Ministry of the Environment have been notified of the watermain break.

Further updates will be posted to the Town website when available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 284

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

This Public Notice is being considered at the September 16, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting

The property owners would like to establish a primary residential use on the property, but retain the ability for limited commercial uses. The lands are currently zoned General Commercial Exception (C2-87-h). The Exception 87 allows for the commercial uses of the C2 zone, with the exception of a restaurant use, and does not permit a residential use. The Holding (-h) symbol requires a parking management plan prior to establishing a new commercial use. Note: the property was rezoned to the C2-87-h in 2017 from the Institutional (I) and Residential (R2) zones.

This application requests to change the zoning category from the General Commercial (C2-87) zone to the Bruce Street Marsh Street Corridor (BMC) zone, to be consistent with the adjacent properties. The proposed zoning would allow the conversion of the building to a 327 sq m residence, with an 81.4 sq metre retail store (or similar uses, in accordance with the BMC zone). The proposed zone would also have site-specific exceptions to recognize existing setbacks of the building on the site. No other development is proposed.

Public Meeting: September 16, 2019 at 5:00pm 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

 

 

 

This Public Notice is being considered at the September 16, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting

The purpose of this application is to rezone the property from Residential (R3) to Residential Exception (R1-x), as a condition of the severance of two lots – one containing the Residential Dwelling, and a second lot containing the garage (to be demolished). The R1 category permits single detached dwellings and accessory uses. Note that these lands are an area still zoned under the Town of Thornbury Zoning By-law 10-77. The proposed Exception is to align the zoning category with provisions that match the new Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2018-65, not yet in effect for this property. The retained land will continue to be zoned Development (D), but is to be subject of a future plan of subdivision application and rezoning.

The property is also subject to severance application files B12-2019 and B13-2019, which were recently conditionally approved.

Public Meeting: September 16, 2019 at 5:00pm 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Battery Collection begins the week of September 3, 2019 until September 27, 2019

For Curbside Collection, place batteries in battery bag (or clear resealable bag) and place on top of your blue box on your day of collection, from September 3, 2019 to September 27, 2019.

For Condos, place batteries in battery bag (or clear resealable bag) and place inside the designated pail in central waste area, from September 3, 2019 to September 27, 2019.

For more information visit our Waste Resource App:
TBM Waste Resource www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm

For more information contact:
Operations Department
519-599-3131 ext. 276

 

New Town branded t-shirts and hats that are available for sale at various retail locations!

The Town of The Blue Mountains is excited to announce the launch of new branded t-shirts and hats that are available for sale at various retail locations throughout the community.

All items are available for $20.00 with the proceeds going to support the Community Grants and Donations Program.

Town Hats and TShirts

The t-shirts and hats are available at the following locations. Additional locations will be added and updated as available.

  • Thornbury Foodland, 105 Arthur Street West, Thornbury
  • Thornbury Pharmasave, 45 Arthur Street West, Thornbury
  • Farmers Pantry, 788030 Grey Road 13, Clarksburg

For more information regarding the Community Grants and Donations Program, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/grants-donations-program.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

A contractor will be conducting surface maintenance and treatment on specific Town roads starting August 22, 2019.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that a contractor will be conducting surface maintenance and treatment on specific Town roads starting August 22, 2019, and continuing until the end of the month. 

Click to view a map of the roads scheduled for work: 2019 Surface Treatment Map

During this time, there may be minor traffic delays and temporary lane restrictions. The work is being completed as part of the Towns regular road maintenance schedule.

Tuesday, August 27th

Residents and visitors are encouraged to avoid parking on Harbour Street early in the morning on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 while crews are completing road surface work. Thank you for your understanding.

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Agenda for the Special Meeting of Council on August 26, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. is available.

The Agenda for the Committee of the Whole Meeting on August 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. is available

For adidtional information, please visit the Council Calendar.

August 26, 2019 Committee of the Whole Agenda Highlights document now available

A contractor will be removing biosolids from the Thornbury Wastewater Treatment Plant starting August 19, 2019.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that a contractor will be removing biosolids from the Thornbury Wastewater Treatment Plant starting August 19, 2019 and continuing until September 20, 2019.

Residents are advised that there may be a slight odour as a result of transporting the biosolids. The removal of biosolids is being conducted as regular maintenance for the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 284

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

Civic Address Fee update for Building Permit Applications

Civic Address Fee update for Building Permit Applications

Please be advised that effective immediately, the fee for Civic Addressing (which includes number assignment, required notifications, approved green blade signs, posts, fasteners and installation services) will be $250.00 (HST included) per building permit application. 

This fee is assessed and collected with other permit fees and charges prior to building permit issuance.  This new fee was approved by Council when the 2019 Fees & Charge By-law was passed.

The fee for replacement green blade signs has also changed to $41.80 ($37.00 plus $4.80 HST)

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that through a department restructuring process the Infrastructure and Public Works Department has been renamed as the Operations Department.

Human resource and departmental changes have also been implemented within the Operations Department and Fire and Enforcement Services Department.

This notice has been provided to the public to foster transparency and organizational continuity during this transition period.

For more information, please contact: 

Shawn Everitt
Chief Administrative Officer
(519) 599-3131 ext. 234

The Agenda for the August 14, 2019 Council Compensation Review Committee meeting has been revised to include:

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that a contractor will be completing CCTV inspections and condition assessments of Sanitary and Storm Sewers throughout the Town starting August 12, 2019 and continuing until October 31, 2019.

Residents are advised that there may be temporary lane restrictions while the work is being completed. No significant impact to traffic is anticipated.

The CCTV inspections are used to identify any defects or issues with the Sanitary and Storm Sewers and assess their overall condition. This data is then used to assist with asset management and capital project planning.

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation is seeking feedback from prospective builders and constructors on its vision to develop attainable housing.

The Town of The Blue Mountains, on behalf of the Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation (“BMAHC”), has issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) from potential partners on attainable housing development. This RFI will be the first step in assessing opportunities for partnership in the development of attainable housing in The Town of The Blue Mountains (“TBM”).

“We are extremely excited to go to market with this RFI and determine the level of interest from both private sector, non-profit builders, and the local community” said BMAHC Chair Rob Sampson. “This is the first step to achieve our goal of building attainable rental and ownership housing in our community.”

The RFI will help BMAHC understand the level of market interest in the opportunity to partner in the development of attainable housing in TBM, any impediments or issues that need to be addressed prior to considering any next steps, a vision for the development of attainable housing in TBM that will meet BMAHC’s goals and objectives, and any conditions that may cause a builder to not respond to a potential future Request for Proposal.  It will also help gather community input on potential attainable housing sites.

The lack of attainable housing is a significant issue in the Town of The Blue Mountains. Over 23 per cent of TBM’s population spends more than 30 per cent of their income on housing, which is a general market determinant of housing affordability. Housing attainability issues have had a negative impact on the local economy, with many businesses finding it challenging to fill job vacancies.

A recent survey funded by the Government of Ontario titled, “Creating Attainable Housing in South Georgian Bay”, found that housing is becoming increasingly out of reach for the local workforce. Sixty per cent of respondents indicated they would live in the area permanently if housing were affordable. Local workers, families, and seniors want to live in the area, but are increasingly unable to do so due to housing prices.

Since its creation in 2014, BMAHC has created two programs, a down payment assistance program and a grants program for secondary suites. BMAHC is now taking action to expand its reach to help develop attainable housing stock in the municipality.

BMAHC will continue engaging the public and council as they go through this process to ensure that its plans and any proposed developments are guided by local input.

Public engagement opportunities will be posted to the Attainable Housing Corporation’s website (http://thebluemountainshousing.ca) and advertised within the local media.

About The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation was established as a not-for-profit in January 2014 to augment the supply of healthy and sustainable ownership housing units that are affordable to a larger portion of the population. Its goal is to support the creation of more attainable housing opportunities for those living in the vibrant, diverse community of The Blue Mountains.

Media inquiries:

Rob Sampson
Chair, Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation
519-599-3131 ext. 408

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide details regarding the Request-for-Information (RFI) that has been issued by The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation (BMAHC). The RFI is a substantial step forward within the mandate of the BMAHC to help develop attainable housing stock in the municipality.

In consultation with StrategyCorp and Town staff, the BMAHC developed the RFI to assess the appetite for partnerships in the development of attainable housing within The Town of The Blue Mountains. The goal of the RFI is to assist the BMAHC in recognizing the opportunities and challenges of building attainable housing stock in the municipality through the lens and understanding of the development community.

The information gathered through the process will help the BMAHC develop a formal Request-for-Proposal (RFP) in which a proponent may be selected to lead and build attainable housing within the municipality. It is important to emphasize that further Council approvals, public consultation and planning and development approvals will be required prior to the final approval of a property for the development of attainable housing.

Residents are encouraged and invited to share feedback and input during the Request-for-Information process. Public feedback and input regarding the development of attainable housing with the Town of The Blue Mountains is valuable and important within working to address the attainable housing issues within the Town of The Blue Mountains.

How can residents provide feedback/input?

As part of the RFI process, the BMAHC has issued an online survey to gain insight and feedback from the public. Results from the survey will be considered by the BMAHC within the development of the RFP.

To access the survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HTM78QM

Documents

The following documents have been included to provide additional information:

For more information, please contact:

Shawn Everitt
Chief Administration Officer
519-599-3131 ext. 234

Rob Sampson
Chair, Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation
519-599-3131 ext. 408

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment Meeting on August 21, 2019 at 4:00pm

NOTICE - B12-2019 & B13-2019

 

This Public Meeting Notice will be considered at the Committee of Adjustment Meeting on August 21, 2019 at 4:00pm 

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NOTICE - A10-2019

Please be advised that the email server for the Town of The Blue Mountains has been restored. Council members, Town staff, and Library staff are now able to receive and send emails. We sincerely thank all residents, visitors, and business partners for their patience as we have been dealing with the email outage. Many thanks to our dedicated IT staff who have been working tirelessly to solve the issues and build systems that avoid this problem in the future. Over the coming days, Town staff will be diligently addressing any email backlog that may exist. However, please understand that responses may be delayed. Mail containing time-sensitive information that was sent to the Town between Monday July 22, 2019 and Thursday July 25, 2019 is recommended to be resent to ensure timely responses.

For more information, please contact:

Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide an update regarding the progress that is being made by The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation to help develop attainable housing stock in the municipality.

Earlier this year, the Attainable Housing Corporation retained StrategyCorp, an Ontario-based strategy firm, to support the corporation in building the in-house capacity to develop more attainable housing and to lead a procurement process for housing developments. Through working with StrategyCorp, Town staff and members of the Attainable Housing Corporation reviewed opportunities and assets that could be utilized towards the development of attainable housing in the Town. Within the process, numerous parcels of property were identified as potential sites for attainable housing. The list of potential properties was paired down after considering criteria to ensure that the shortlisted property options meet the needs of future attainable housing residents.

Staff Report PDS.19.94 Overview

On Monday, July 29th, 2019 staff report PDS.19.94, titled “Preliminary Property Options for Attainable Housing” will be presented by staff to Committee of the Whole for consideration. The following information has been included to provide a brief overview of the report.

  • The report provides a detailed overview of five property options that will be considered by the Committee.
  • Upon decision by the Committee, the selected property options will be included within the Request-for-Information document issued by The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation.
  • The Request-for-Information document will assess the appetite for partnerships in the development of attainable housing. It is anticipated that the Request-for-Information process will result in interest from external stakeholders.
  • Upon decision by the Committee, Town Staff will conduct more detailed due diligence on the selected properties to further analyze the precise opportunities and constraints associated with each site if it were selected for development.
  • The Town would like to emphasize that the selection of these five properties was made through significant review and consultation between Council members and The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation.
  • In addition, the Town would also like to emphasize that further Council approvals and public consultation will be required prior to the final approval of a property for the development of attainable housing.

If staff report PDS.19.94, titled “Preliminary Property Options for Attainable Housing” is approved by the Committee of the Whole on Monday, July 29th, 2019 it will be presented to Council for approval on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

There will be an opportunity for input and feedback from residents during the public comment period at both the Committee of the Whole meeting, and at the Council meeting.

To view the staff report, please visit: https://thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?event_doc=2222

For more information, please contact:

Shawn Everitt
Chief Administration Officer
519-599-3131 ext. 234

Rob Sampson
Chair, Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation
519-599-3131 ext. 408

The Town of The Blue Mountains has received a Complete Application for Zoning By-law Amendment in accordance with the Planning Act and the Town of The Blue Mountains Official Plan. 

Public Meeting: August 26, 2019 at 5:00pm, Town Hall, Council Chambers 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

The Town of The Blue Mountains has received a Complete Application for Zoning By-law Amendment in accordance with the Planning Act and the Town of The Blue Mountains Official Plan.

Public Meeting: August 26, 2019 at 5:00pm, Town Hall, Council Chambers 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

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