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Agendas revised for August 26, 2019 Special Meeting of Council and Committee of the Whole meetings

1. The August 26, 2019 Special Meeting of Council Agenda has been revised to include an additional matter in Closed Session.

2. The August 26, 2019 Committee of the Whole Agenda has been revised as follows:

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

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

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

Enbridge Gas has applied to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for an order or orders clearing certain non-commodity related deferral or variance accounts and sharing utility earnings pursuant to a Board-approved earnings sharing mechanism.

On January 1, 2019, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Union Gas Limited amalgamated to form Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge Gas).

Enbridge Gas has applied to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for an order or orders clearing certain non-commodity related deferral or variance accounts and sharing utility earnings pursuant to a Board-approved earnings sharing mechanism.

On August 9, 2019, the OEB issued the Notice of Application (Notice) for this proceeding. The OEB’s Notice provides information for interested parties on how to become informed and involved in the proceeding.

Interested parties can apply to the OEB for Intervenor Status in the proceeding by August 26, 2019.

Attached please find the OEB’s Notice of Application (English and French) along with the application and evidence filed by Enbridge Gas.

The application and evidence can also be viewed via the website links provided below:

· Enbridge Gas Distribution (under the Other Regulatory Proceeding tab) – EB-2019-0105 - 2018 Deferral & Variance Account Balances & 2018 Utility Earnings

· Union Gas - EB-2019-0105 - 2018 Deferral & Variance Account Balances & 2018 Utility Earnings

For more information, please contact: 

Enbridge Gas Inc. 

enbridgegas.com

Lane Restrictions - Duncan Street


Date: From August 19 to September 6, 2019
From 7AM to 7PM each day, until noon on Saturdays as per Town Bylaw
Between: Victoria Street South and the 10th Line
Replacement of Watermain / Directional drilling
A map of the area can be found here:

LANE RESTRICTIONS - Duncan St

 


For more information please contact:
Allison Kershaw, Water and Wastewater Services Manager
Town of The Blue Mountains, Operations Department
Email: managerwww@thebluemountains.ca
Phone: 519-599-3131 x226

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 2, 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

Being performed on trees near the hydro lines along a section of the Georgian Trail

Please be advised that Hydro One will be conducting tree maintenance along the Georgian Trail from Peel Street westward to the trail intersection with Highway 26.  Trees that will be trimmed are marked with blue dots and tree removals are marked with an orange "H".  Tree removals will be limited to a small clump of poplar trees.

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)

Road Closure - St. Moritz Crescent


Date: August 23, 2019 and August 26, 2019
From 7am-7pm as per Town bylaw
Between: Sleepy Hollow Road and Lakeshore Road West
For installation of Water and Sanitary Laterals. Crews will be working in front of 114 Lakeshore Road West
A map of the area can be found here:

Road Closure St Moritz Cres
For more information please contact:
Allison Kershaw, Water and Wastewater Services Manager
32 Mill Street, Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
Email: managerwww@thebluemountains.ca
519-599-3131 ext 226

Road Closure - Bruce Street S


Date: August 20, 2019 to August 22, 2019
From 7am-7pm as per Town bylaw
Between: Duncan Street and Russell St. West
For installation of Water and Sanitary Laterals. Crews will be working in front of 242 Bruce Street South

Road Closure Bruce St South
For more information please contact:
Allison Kershaw, Water and Wastewater Services Manager
32 Mill Street, Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
Email: managerwww@thebluemountains.ca
519-599-3131 ext 226

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 

NOTICE - B10-2019 - Rice 

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

NOTICE - B11-2019 (Lesiak)

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

NOTICE - A12-2019 (Adamson) 

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

NOTICE - A13-2019 

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

NOTICE - A14-2019

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

NOTICE - A15-2019

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

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
A Special Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Monday, July 29, 2019.
The meeting details, and materials are available through the Council Calendar.
 
A Special Meeting of Council is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Thursday, August 1, 2019.
The meeting details, and agenda are available through the Council Calendar.

 

Please note: the Town's email service has been restored. If you wish to correspond with the Clerk's Department regarding these matters, please contact the Clerks Department via email, or via telephone, 519-599-3131 ext. 232.

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 

Please be advised that while the Town email service is still unavailable, significant progress has been made by our IT professionals in rebuilding the email system. Thank you to everyone for their patience and adaptability. Please continue to monitor the Town website for updates on Friday July 26, 2019.

How to Contact the Town

To contact the Town during regular business hours, please call Town Hall at: 519-599-3131.

To ensure continued communication, the following generic email addresses can be used to contact Town staff:

Department

Email Address

General Administration

TBMTownHall@gmail.com

Clerks Department & Committees

TBMClerksDepartment@gmail.com

Bylaw Enforcement

TBMBylawInfo@gmail.com

Building Department

TBMBuildingDepartment@gmail.com

Finance Department

TBMFinanceDepartment@gmail.com

Planning Department

TBMPlanningDepartment@gmail.com

Development Engineering

TBMDevelopmentEngineering@gmail.com

Infrastructure & Public Works

TBMIPW@gmail.com

Community Services

TBMCommunityServices@gmail.com

Fire Department

TBMFireDepartment@gmail.com

Human Resources

TBMHumanResources@gmail.com

Insurance Claims

TBMClaims@gmail.com

Purchasing

TBMPurchasing@gmail.com

Blue Mountains Public Library

BlueMountainsPublicLibrary@gmail.com

 

Please check the Town website for updates: www.thebluemountains.ca

A notice will be posted to the Town website when service is restored. Thank you for your patience and understanding

Emergency / After Hour Contact Information

In the event of a life-threating emergency, dial 9-1-1.

For bylaw enforcement, water, wastewater and roads related after-hour emergencies, please call:

  • Bylaw Enforcement: 519-599-3131 ext. 249
  • Roads Emergency: 226-665-1640
  • Water Emergency: 226-665-0707
  • Wastewater Emergency: 705-446-5041

For more information, please contact:

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

Craigleith Area Between September 9 and September 30

Please be advised that ash tree removal will be taking place along the Georgian Trail, from Grey Road 21 to Old Lakeshore Road, starting September 9 through to September 30, 2019.  The trail will remain open while this work is being performed.  

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 

On behalf of the Council Compensation Review Committee, The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide an update regarding the ongoing work of the committee.

The Council Compensation Review Committee is an advisory committee of Council for the purposes of reviewing relevant municipal models and recommending a compensation package for elected officials that is fair and reasonable to both Council and the citizens of the Town of The Blue Mountains. The committee will present a report to Council outlining a proposed elected official compensation package by Fall 2019.

Prior to preparing the report outlining recommendations and initiating the Public Meeting process, the committee has extended an open invitation for members of the public to share feedback and input at the August 14, 2019 Council Compensation Review Committee meeting which will be held at 10:00am, Town Hall, Council Chambers. Please note: this opportunity for input is not part of the Statutory Public Meeting process but may assist in informing the initial report to Council.

If you are interested in submitting comments but are unable to attend the August 14, 2019 meeting, you may submit a letter of correspondence to the committee for review. To be reviewed at the August 14, 2019 meeting correspondence must be received by the Town by August 6, 2019.  In addition, there will be further opportunities to provide comment during the Statutory Public Meeting process. Details regarding the Statutory Public Meeting process will be posted to the Town website when available.

The draft minutes of the June 26th, 2019 Council Compensation Review Committee meeting will be considered at the July 24, 2019 meeting. These minutes will provide an overview of key work the committee has undertaken in its compensation review. Once approved, members of the public may wish to comment on the following key items:

  • Themes arising from interviews with existing Members of Council
  • Comparator municipalities and comparator factors
  • Compensation Philosophy Development

To view the approved minutes following the July 24, 2019 meeting, or for additional information regarding the Council Compensation Review Committee, visit the Committee webpage.

For more information, please contact:

Shawn Everitt

Chief Administration Officer

(519) 599-3131 ext. 324

For media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry

Communications and Economic Development

(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

 

The Council of The Corporation of The Town of The Blue Mountains passed Borrowing By-law No. 2019-31 on the 15th day of July 2019, pursuant to the Tile Drainage Act, RSO 1990.

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of The Corporation of the Town of The Blue Mountains passed Borrowing By-law No. 2019-31 on the 15th day of July 2019, pursuant to the Tile Drainage Act, RSO 1990.

AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or organization may appeal by making an application or action to quash the By-law in a court of competent jurisdiction within four weeks after the By-law is passed, being no later than Monday, August 12th 2019.

The Borrowing By-law that was passed is a By-law to raise money to aid in the construction of drainage works under the Tile Drainage Act, RSO 1990. The Tile Drainage Act provides for ten-year term loans from the Province to individuals though their local municipalities.  Through this program, property owners can access loan funding through their local municipality for the installation of tile drainage systems on their agricultural land.

At the time of the passing of the By-law, the maximum available to each individual farmer in one year is $50,000 and this limit is set by the Province of Ontario. The aforementioned By-law sets a limit of $500,000 total for any Tile Drainage Loans through the Corporation of the Town of The Blue Mountains. This By-law updates the current Borrowing By-law, 1989-81 of the former Township of Collingwood, however, no changes have been made to the borrowing limit.

Copies of the complete Borrowing By-law are available for examination during regular business hours (weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) in the offices of the municipality located at 32 Mill Street Thornbury, ON and on the website at www.thebluemountains.ca. For further information, please contact the Clerk’s Office.

Notice of the Passing of a Borrowing By-law - Tile Drainage

Monday, August 26, 2019

Public Meeting at 5:00 p.m.

Town Hall, Council Chambers, 32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

Notice is hereby given that Council of The Corporation of the Town of The Blue Mountains, at its regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday, August 26, 2019, will be holding a Public Meeting to receive comments on the proposed changes to the Procedural By-law. The Procedural By-law sets out the rules and regulations for the proceedings of Council, Committees and Local Boards.


Staff Report “FAF.19.120 Draft Procedural By-law for Council Consideration before Proceeding to Public Meeting”provides additional information regarding the proposed changes and proposed timelines. Copy of the Staff Report is also available through the Town’s website, www.thebluemountains.ca

Public Meeting Notice

 

The REVISED AGENDA for the Special Meeting of Council on July 16, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 7:00 p.m.

The revision includes the addition of an agenda item at D. and the addition of a By-law at E.1 as related to an amendment to The Blue Mountains Zoning By-law.

For details, please visit the Council Calendar.

The REVISED AGENDA for The Blue Mountains, Council Meeting on July 15, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 5:30 p.m.

The revised Agenda includes the addition of documentation at D.1.Deputation: Shawn McKinlay, President Royal Canadian Legion Branch 281 Beavery Valley Re: Cenotaph Construction Update - 229 Bruce Street Park Development and the addition of a Closed Session agenda item at K.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

 

Public Meeting to consider a Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation DRAFT Purchasing Policy

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation is considering the adoption of a Purchasing Policy for use by the Corporation which will outline the guiding principles of public procurement and the approach that the BMAHC will take when procuring goods and services “purchasing”. The detailed purchasing procedures, once approved, shall be consulted prior to proceeding with any procurement.

Date of Public Meeting: August 1, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. during the regular Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation Board of Director Meeting.

At the regularly scheduled May 21, 2019 Attainable Housing Corporation meeting, the Board of Directors for the Attainable Housing Corporation directed that the draft Attainable Housing Corporation Purchasing Policy be posted to the Attainable Housing Corporation website to receive comments from members of the public and Town staff utilizing the Town’s Public Meeting process.
The draft Purchasing Policy for The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation can be accessed through the Attainable Housing Corporation website.

Regular meeting dates for The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation are posted to the Attainable Housing Corporation website, along with the links to meeting materials, as applicable.

Attainable Housing Corporation website: http://thebluemountainshousing.ca/.

Public Meeting Notice

The Agenda is available for the Special Meeting of Council on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Please note the start time is 7:00 p.m.

For additional informaton, please visit the Council Calendar.

The Agenda is available for the Town of The Blue Mountains Council Meeting on Monday, July 15, 2019

Please note the start time is 5:30 p.m.

For additional details visit the Council Calendar.

A REVISED AGENDA is available for the Special Meeting of Council on Friday, July 12, 2019.

Please note the start time has been revised to 8:00 a.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Agenda is available for the Special Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday, July 15, 2019.

Please note the start time is 11:00 a.m.

For additonal information, please visit the Council Calendar.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide an update regarding the status of Deputy Mayor Odette Bartnicki.

The Deputy Mayor met with Mayor Soever and the Chief Administrative Officer Shawn Everitt today and advised that she intends to continue as Deputy Mayor.

For more information, please contact:

Alar Soever
Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

The Agenda for the July 3, 2019 Committee of the Whole meeting has been revised to include the following:

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

 

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment Meeting on July 17, 2019 

NOTICE - A17-2018 

The Agricultural Advisory Committee meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. has been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Meeting location: Town Hall, Council Chambers

For additional event details, visit the Council Calendar.

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment meeting on July 17, 2019 

NOTICE - A11-2019

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment Meeting on July 17, 2019

NOTICE - B06-2019 (Kearns)

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment Meeting on July 17, 2019

NOTICE -  B07-2019 & B08-2019

South Georgian Bay receives $65,000 Digital Main Street Grant to help main street businesses use digital tools to grow.

South Georgian Bay today announced that it has received a grant from the Ontario government to fund a Digital Service Squad to help main street small businesses improve their online capabilities.

As part of Digital Main Street, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) received a $65,000 grant from the Ontario government to establish a Digital Service Squad to help small businesses in the downtown areas of Collingwood, Meaford, Stayner, The Blue Mountains and Wasaga Beach, to enhance their use of digital tools and techniques to better promote and sell online. The Squad will consist of a trained specialist who will visit and assist BIA-area downtown businesses at no cost to help them set up a Google Business Profile, conduct a digital-readiness assessment and apply for a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant.  The Squad will start visiting businesses before the end of May 2019

A joint program funded by Government of Ontario and delivered by the Ontario BIA Association, Digital Main Street helps improve how small businesses use digital tools and techniques to become more successful. Today’s digital economy is vital to small businesses, and DMS will help them adopt new digital technologies from e-commerce and social media to back-office systems such as payroll and inventory.

Our government is committed to helping small businesses improve their competitiveness, create jobs and attract investment,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “That’s why I’m so pleased that the community of South Georgian Bay will benefit from the expertise of a Digital Service Squad to help small businesses embrace digital technology.  Our investment in the Digital Main Street program will help to ensure that Ontario is open for business and open for jobs. “

“It’s extremely important for our government to invest in enhancing the digital capabilities of small businesses in South Georgian Bay,” said Bill Walker MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. “We’re providing them with the tools and training to take advantage of new digital opportunities that will help these businesses to expand.”

Digital Main Street offers two types of grants:

  1. Digital Transformation Grant: There are 2,000 grants of $2,500 each available to qualifying small “main street” businesses across Ontario to help them adopt new digital technologies.
     
  2. Digital Service Squad Grant: There are 300 grants of $10,000 each available to qualifying municipal or business groups across Ontario to develop and implement local squads of digital vendors and experts to directly help small businesses.

“South Georgian Bay SBEC clearly understands the power of Digital Main Street to help keep their multiple downtown cores vibrant and strong,” said Kay Matthews, Executive Director of the Ontario BIA Association.  “Our small main street businesses are a critical contributor to Ontario’s economic, social and cultural health, and it’s vital that we work together to ensure their success. Digital Main Street will help the main street small businesses of South Georgian Bay compete in an increasingly digital world.” 

Businesses within the participating municipalities will be introduced to the Digital Service Squad over the coming weeks. The Digital Service Squad will be administered by the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre and will be supported by the regions BIA’s, Chambers, Business Associations and Economic Development offices. 

For further information contact the office of the South Georgian Bay SBEC at sbec@collingwood.ca

Invitation: Best Drinking Water in North America Award Presentation

Members of the public are invited to join Town Council, staff and distinguished guests for the presentation of the ‘Best of The Best’ award for the Best Tasting Drinking Water in North America! Water samples and delicious cake will be provided. 

Event Information: 

  • Friday, June 28th, 2019
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm at Town Hall

For more information, please contact: 

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

A REVISED AGENDA for The Blue Mountains, Council Meeting on June 24, 2019 is available.

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

The revisions include the Revised Agenda, a Deputation at Agenda Item B.3 and a Closed Session at Agenda Item J.

For additional information, visit the Council Calendar.

Thornbury-Clarksburg Cenotaph Relocation

Please be advised that the property at 229 Bruce Street South in Thornbury is currently being developed and the existing Thornbury-Clarksburg Cenotaph at Jack Acres Park will be relocated to this site.

The property development will include walkways, flag poles, cenotaph and vegetation plantings. 

Work is expected to be completed later this summer or early fall and in advance of the November 11 Remembrance Day Services.

At the Council meeting on June 3rd, 2019 a Notice of Motion was put forward by Deputy Mayor Odette Bartnicki and approved unanimously by Council. Since the meeting, there has been a lot of discussion and inquiries received by members of Council and staff regarding clarification and further information related to the motion regarding single-use plastics.

The motion unanimously approved by Council at the June 3rd, 2019 meeting consisted of the following three parts:

  1. Direct staff to promote a voluntary ban on the use of single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and stir sticks effective July 1st, 2019; including the promotion of the voluntary ban through a coordinated media campaign that states and includes the following text:

“Council supports the protection of the environment of the Town of The Blue Mountains through the reduction and future elimination of single-use plastic bags, straws, stir sticks and water bottles, and encourages all businesses, community members and visitors to avoid the use of these products whenever possible.  Council recognizes and appreciates the efforts of all stakeholders towards measures that support the sustainability of the natural environment in the Town of The Blue Mountains.”

  1. The referral to the Sustainability Committee for consideration and recommendation to Council by August 26th, 2019 regarding four specific actions (as outlined in question #3 below) that the Town could take by December 2019 regarding single-use plastics in Town-owned facilities, which would assist with the reduction of single-use plastics within the community.
  1. The direction to staff to work with the Sustainability Committee and all stakeholders through a public consultation process to develop a plan for inclusion in the 2020 budget to reduce and/or eliminate single-use plastics by July 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

To help provide clarification, the following FAQ’s and answers have been provided:

Question 1: Why was this Notice of Motion brought forward?

The Notice of Motion was brought forward by Deputy Mayor Odette Bartnicki to address the issue of single-use plastics which is of particular significance in the Town of The Blue Mountains as a major tourism destination.

Other municipalities and cities across Canada, including tourist destinations such as Bayfield, Ontario, Vancouver, BC and world-class resorts such as Whistler Blackcomb have already started to consider this issue.

Council has referred any further consideration of single-use plastics to the Sustainability Committee.

Question #2: What is a voluntary ban?

A voluntary ban is a request from the Town to all stakeholders including the business community, residents and visitors to consider opportunities for the reduction of single-use plastic wherever possible. This resolution does not mean that the Town is prescriptively banning the use of single-use plastics. In addition, this statement does not require local businesses to eliminate single-use plastics from their operations, however it encourages local businesses to continue their commitment to sustainable environmental initiatives.

Question #3: What has the Town asked the Sustainability Committee to do?

The Sustainability Committee is an advisory committee of Council with a mandate to support sustainability and further sustainable initiatives on a community and regional level.

The motion passed by Council gave direction to the Sustainability Committee regarding two specific items.

1) Report back by August 26th, 2019 to Council with recommendations on the following items:

  • Phasing out the sale of bottled water and the use of single-use plastic cups, straws and stir sticks at all Town-owned facilities and events by December 2019 in order to model good environmental practices;
  • Developing a three year plan to increase the number of water bottle re-filling stations on Town-owned properties, to be included in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 budget cycles;
  • Developing recognition/reward signage (i.e. “We’ve gone green for a Blue future” or similar) for business operators who model good environmental practices by not supplying single-use shopping bags, water bottles, straws and stir sticks;
  • Investigating the development and costs of a Town of Blue Mountains reusable bag-for-life or fabric bag options with appropriate logo for possible purchase by retailers at cost, and to be used for various promotional events; by the Town;

2) That staff work with the Sustainability Committee and all stakeholders, including the business community, residents and visitors through a public consultation process to develop a plan for inclusion in the 2020 Budget to reduce and/or eliminate single use plastics effective July 1st, 2020.

Question #4: What does the following sentence within the motion mean?

“That Council directs staff to work with the Sustainability Committee and all stakeholders through a public consultation process, to develop a plan for inclusion in the 2020 Budget to reduce and/or eliminate single-use plastics effective July 1st, 2020”

This means that the Sustainability Committee and staff are directed to engage with stakeholders including the business community, residents and visitors to receive feedback and develop a plan that will be included within the 2020 budget with the target of reducing and/or eliminate the use of single-use plastics, with initial implementation of the plan effective July 1st, 2020.

The target date of July 1st, 2020 does not indicate that all efforts to reduce and/or eliminate single-use plastics will be in effect at that time. The plan will be implemented as of that date, but individual actions will be phased in as determined through stakeholder consultation.

Question #5: How will this plan be coordinated with other levels of government?

Since the June 3rd, 2019 Council meeting, there have been announcements by both the Provincial and Federal Governments regarding a reduction and/or ban of single-use plastics.

Through the government consultation process, Council will work to ensure that The Town of the Blue Mountains policies can be coordinated with the plans put forward by other levels of government, and that maximum use can be made of funding opportunities which may arise.

Question #6: How can I be involved going forward?

The Town will engage in a public media program that encourages all residents and taxpayers to reduce their use of single-use plastics wherever they can. The Town encourages all residents and taxpayers to participate in the consultation and planning to be completed.

For more information, please contact:

Alar Soever
Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

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

The Plan of Subdivision Application is proposing to create a total of 34 single detached dwellings. A new private/condominium road is also proposed, which would be constructed shown on the proposed plan as ‘Lane A’. An open space block has been proposed along the entire south end of the property. 

Public Meeting Date: July 8, 2019
Public Meeting Time:  5:00pm 
Town Hall, Council Chambers 

More information can be found on the PUBLIC NOTICE 

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide a public update regarding the status of Deputy Mayor Odette Bartnicki.

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 Deputy Mayor Bartnicki expressed that she would submit notice of her resignation on Friday of this week.  She has subsequently indicated to the Mayor that she is further considering her decision.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor met this afternoon and had positive discussions, and we look forward to providing further information in the near future.

For more information, please contact:

Alar Soever
Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

The Town of The Blue Mountains Water and Waste Water Division is excited to announce that the Town has won first place in the Best of the Best North American Drinking Water Challenge at the American Water Works Association annual conference.

After winning the delegate's choice for the best tasting water of Ontario in early May, the Town of The Blue Mountains went on to be crowned the best tasting water by expert panelists in the Best of the Best North American Challenge. There was a field of 28 competitors, all who had qualified to enter the Best of the Best contest by winning their local events. Two tense rounds of taste-offs to break a tie led to the Town's ultimate victory. The presentation of the award will occur at Town Hall at a time to be determined.

Reg Russwurm, Director of Infrastructure and Public Works, said, "I'm thrilled to have been able to accept the trophy on behalf of our Water Operations Staff. They are the ones who work day in, day out to ensure that our water is safe and now judged to be the best tasting water in North America.”

“This is a great accomplishment for the Town of The Blue Mountains” explained Mayor Soever. “The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to represent all Canadian municipalities on an international stage. We are proud of the hard work and excellence that goes into keeping our drinking water safe and of the highest quality”.

To learn more about Water Services and drinking water quality, please visit:

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/water-services.cfm?is=2

For more information, please contact:

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

The applicant would like to establish a Bed & Breakfast use in the existing dwelling municipally known as 160 Grand Cypress.

Public Meeting Date: July 3, 2019 at 5:00pm
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

Four Positions Available on the Planning Team for the 2019 Run for The Cure in The Blue Mountains

The Canadian Cancer Society is looking to recruit volunteers to join the planning team for the 2019 Run For The Cure in the Blue Mountains that is set to take place on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

Positions are currently available for: Community Outreach, Local Sponsorship, Committee Liasion and Run Day Experience Lead.

For more information, please review the attached position details or contact:

Amanda Delgado

705-726-8032

amanda.delgado@ontario.cancer.ca

Town of The Blue Mountains Planning Staff are undertaking a Zoning By-law review to consider new Short Term Accommodation (STA) provisions for the Blue Mountains Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2018-65. The Draft Zoning Bylaw Amendment intends to consolidate the previous Zoning By-laws 2009-03, 2009-04 and 2009-05 that regulates STA uses as well as providing some additional clarification and direction with updated definitions, general provisions and parking requirements.

Public Meeting Date: July 3, 2019 at 5:00pm 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers 

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE 

The Council of The Town of The Blue Mountains is considering amendments to the current Municipal Tree Preservation By-law 2010-68. The intent of the changes is to extend the scope of the existing By-law to include trees on larger privately owned parcels of land located outside of residential plans of subdivision which do not currently meet the threshold for protection under the current Town or County By-law requirements. 

Date: July 3, 2019 at 5:00pm 
Town Hall, Council Chambers 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Town of The Blue Mountains Planning Staff are undertaking a series of housekeeping amendments to the Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2018-65. By-law 2018-65 replaced the former Town of Thornbury By-law 10-77 and former Township of Collingwood By-law 83-40. 

Public Meeting: July 3, 2019 at 5:00pm
Location: Town Hall Council Chambers 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to announce that the current Interim CAO Shawn Everitt has accepted the permanent role of Chief Administrative Officer.

This appointment will officially take effect on June 10, 2019, following the passage of the appointment by-law. The CAO provides strategic leadership for the municipality and acts as the direct liaison between Council and staff.

Mr. Everitt has held the role of Interim Chief Administrative Officer for the Town since December of 2017. Previous to this role, Shawn was a member of the Town’s Senior Management Team holding the role of Director of Community Services since 2005. Shawn began his career with the Town in September of 1993 as the Manager of the Community Centre.

Mr. Everitt states: “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead the talented and customer focused group of staff at the Town and live in what I believe to be an extraordinary community. I look forward to working in collaboration with community members, council, staff, and our neighbouring municipalities to continue to provide efficient and valued services and ensure environmental and economic sustainability as well as smart growth in the Town.

Mayor Soever states, “In our first six months in office Council and I have developed a strong working relationship with Shawn and have come to recognize and value Shawn’s experience and knowledge of the Town of The Blue Mountains.  Shawn has a broad vision and understanding of what is important to our citizens in the many unique parts of our “community of communities”.

Shawn’s leadership and the stability he has provided to staff over the past eighteen months in his role as interim CAO make him a natural choice to lead our team going forward. 

For more information, please contact:

Alar Soever
Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

The Agenda for The Blue Mountains Committee of the Whole Meeting on June 10, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 1:30 p.m.

For additional information, please visit the Council Calendar.

Grey County's 2019 Rural Guide is now available. The guide includes information regarding the following:

  • Frequently used OMAFRA Contacts
  • Frequently used Government Contacts
  • Rural Organizations in Grey County
  • Women's Institutes
  • Agricultural Societies
  • Conservation Authorities
  • Horticultural Societies
  • Farmers' Markets
  • Municipal Contacts
  • Elected Officials
  • Media Contacts

Grey County 2019 Rural Guide

This Public Meeting is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment on June 19, 2019. 

NOTICE - B04-2019 Russell & Shaban

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment Meeting on June 19, 2019

NOTICE - A09-2019 (Barber / Gardulski) 

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Ajustment Meeting on June 19, 2019. 

NOTICE - B05-2019 (Foster/Hart)

This public notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment Meeting on June 19, 2019

NOTICE - A08-2019 (Brown) 

The Town of The Blue Mountains has issued an FAQ document related to Wild Chervil. The information was issued as a follow up to the Noxious Weed Control notice that was posted to the Town website on May 24th, 2019. 

To read the frequently asked questions, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/roads-drainage.cfm

Stage 1 - Water Use Restrictions are implemented from June 1 to September 1, 2019.

  • Residents may water between the hours of 7:00am and 9:00am and 7:00pm and 9:00pm.
  • Properties with odd-numbered addresses can water on odd-numbered calendar days.
  • Properties with even-numbered addresses can water on even-numbered calendar days. 

For more information please contact:

Water and Wastewater Inquiries

Notice- Tourism Matters in The Town of The Blue Mountains

In partnership with Grey County Tourism, local tourism providers, and neighbouring municipalities the Town of The Blue Mountains is proud to be celebrating Canadian Tourism Week. The purpose of the celebration is to highlight the importance of tourism throughout all Grey County communities and across Canada through showcasing world-class tourism attractions, beautiful natural landscapes, and local experiences.

Coordinated by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), Tourism Week is a national grassroots initiative that brings attention to the economic, social and cultural opportunities available to Canada, Grey County, and the Town of The Blue Mountains through travel and tourism.

“Tourism is an important part of our community and local economy,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “Tourism Week is a great opportunity to reflect and celebrate upon the significant role that tourism plays in contributing to our community”.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate and share their own tourism experiences, stories and pictures on social media by using the hashtag #TourismMattersInGrey. Photos and posts can include any tourism-related images such as your favourite tourism friendly businesses, attractions, events, natural sites and hidden gems throughout the community.

“On behalf of Council, I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to all tourism providers and tourism-related businesses within the community. I would also like to thank residents and business owners for fostering a welcoming and positive community environment for visitors to experience and enjoy” explained Mayor Soever.

To learn more about Tourism across Grey County, please visit: https://www.visitgrey.ca/

For more information, please contact:

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

Notice- Town Landfill Survey

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking input from residents, businesses and stakeholders with respect to the hours of operation and diversion programs for the Town Landfill / Solid Waste Disposal Site.

The purpose of the survey is to gain feedback related to the level of service at the Town Landfill and the scope of recycling diversion programs that the Town offers.

An online survey will be available until June 19th, 2019 at 12pm (noon). All survey responses will be anonymous. To access the survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TBMLandfill

Hardcopies of the survey will also be made available at the Landfill, Town Hall, L.E. Shore Memorial Library, Craigleith Heritage Depot and the Beaver Valley Community Centre.

For more information, please contact:

Supervisor, Solid Waste & Special Projects
(519) 599-3131 ext. 238

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

Commencing May 22, 2019, weather permitting, and ending July 7, 2019, the County of Grey and the Town of The Blue Mountains intend to control noxious weeds along the county and municipal roadsides under their respective jurisdiction as listed below. We will be using Truvist Herbicide, which contains the active ingredients, Chlorsulfuron and Aminocyclopyrachlor. PCP Registration Number 30920 in combination with Hasten NT Spray Adjuvant, which contains active ingredients Methyl and ethyl oleate (esterified vegetable oil). PCP Registration Number 28277 under the Pest Control Products Act.

County of Grey Roads:
All Rural Roads within the Jurisdiction of Grey County
Contact information:  Graham Wilson, 1-800-567-4739

Town of The Blue Mountains roads:
All Rural Roads within the Jurisdiction of the Town of Blue Mountains
Contact information: Jim McCannell, 1-888-258-6867

For general and product information, call collect:
Steve Ford, Green Stream, 1-905-510-1229

The pesticide application will be conducted by a licensed technician and only applied to grass roadside areas that appear to be visually unkept and where there is evidence of noxious weeds. The primary purpose of spraying pesticide is to proactively control the spread of Wild Chervil.

What is Wild Chervil?

Wild chervil is a herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial from the parsley family, introduced to North America from Europe. It was first brought to North America as part of European wildflower seed mix used for plantings along hedgerows and meadows.

This species is short-lived, forming a rosette of only leaves in the first year, then flowering and producing seeds in the second year. As a heavy seed producer, it is easily spread to new locations. Wild chervil has few checks on its population in North America and can quickly take over an area, displacing native species and forming dense stands that are difficult to control.

Source: Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program

Opt-out of Pesticide Spraying

To opt-out of pesticide spraying on the roadside portion adjacent to your property, residents are encouraged to employ stewardship and regularly maintain the grass and ditch areas to assist in the control of Wild Chervil. The pesticide is only applied to grass roadside areas that appear to be visually unkept and where there is evidence of noxious weeds. If the area is regularly cut and maintained, the Wild Chervil will not have the opportunity to grow and seed.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

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

Watering Restrictions

Watering Restrictions are implemented annually from June 1 to September 1

Stage 1 Water Use Restriction

  • Residents may water between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Properties with odd numbered addresses can water on odd numbered calendar days
  • Properties with even numbered addresses can water on even numbered calendar days

For more information visit Water Restrictions 

Contact Us

General Water Inquiries 519-599-3131 x. 284  Water Services 

Landscape Watering Permit - Infrastructure & Public Works Department 519-599-3131 x. 276  Infrastructure and Public Works Department

Public Notices

Visit our Public Notices page for an up to date list of Town public notices and  public information centres.