Every week, Bramptonist rounds up the interesting items on upcoming city council and committee meetings, so you don’t have to page through huge (and, if we’re being honest, tedious) PDFs and to make it easier for you to be a well-informed resident.

All meetings are open to the public (aside from items which are specifically marked as closed). Due to council chamber renovations, meetings are mostly occurring in Boardroom WT-2C/D in the West Tower.


Planning & Development Committee

June 25, 1:00 p.m.
Boardroom WT-2C/D, West Tower

This committee handles all planning and development issues and is comprised of all of council, except for the mayor. Generally, an evening meeting means there is at least one item on the agenda that has a mandatory public meeting requirement.

Toronto Gore Density Policy

With ongoing changes to the city’s official plan, an area known as Marysfield is the subject of a specific review in the Toronto Gore area (page 37). The TG area is bounded by Countryside Drive, Goreway Drive, Castlemore Road, and The Gore Road. The study was initiated to determine whether Marysfield qualifies as a “Mature Neighbourhood”, to allow only minimal new development.

Marysfield was built as a Catholic housing co-op in 1954, with Marysfield Road looking like a rosary from an aerial view, and with a parish within the area. The streets in the area have no sidewalks or curbs. The houses in the area are relatively modest compared to some of the mansions in the surrounding areas, and the houses different in orientation, shape, frontage, etc.

A new zoning by-law will protect the specific nature of the neighbourhood. New development cannot be oversized compared to the adjacent lots, severing large lots will be limited, and minimal separation distances. The city should also consider a Heritage Conservative District plan.

Housing Needs Assessment

This report looks at the need for different housing types and spaces in the city, especially in regards to affordable housing (page 77). The assessment is partially based on the Region of Peel’s numbers; the region is the level of government directly responsible for the provision of affordable housing in Brampton.

The Region has determined that a low-income household makes $57,421 or less a year. The middle-income threshold in Brampton is between $57,422 and $103,345. Despite that higher number, housing availability means many middle-income households also struggle with finding sufficient housing.

In order to meet targets, the city needs to build, between 2018-2028:

  • 18 temporary/transitional units (for those fleeing domestic violence or other emergency situations)
  • 316 permanent affordable units for low-income households
  • 410 permanent affordable units for middle-income households
  • 82 supportive housing units (for those with disability and other issues that require support workers)

There are currently 172 shelter spaces and 3,386 social housing spaces in Brampton.The city’s rental vacancy rate is 1.3 per cent, well below the healthy average of three per cent. 3,432 Brampton residents are on the region’s Centralized Waiting List for affordable housing. The average wait is 6.5 years.

Complete Neighbourhood Audit Program

In support of the Brampton 2040 Vision, the planning department is going to develop a new tool to audit the strengths and weaknesses of existing and proposed communities (page 135). After the tool is developed, three neighbourhoods will be audited as a pilot project. 58 distinct communities have been identified in Brampton.

Brampton 2040 – Regulatory Policy Updates

The vision plans has led to some reviews and updates of Brampton planning policy that can be implemented right away (page 142). The three updates are: requiring development applications to achieve a minimum sustainability score, using Section 37 of the Planning Act for density bonusing, and the use of better public engagement techniques.

New Secondary Plan Policy

Over 55 of the city’s secondary plans that have been in place for decades are being consolidated into five secondary plans (page 176). This will fix the language and policy for the areas, as some secondary plan areas were referencing Official Plans that were decades out of date. Land uses aren’t being changed and neighbourhood designations aren’t being eliminated; this is simply house-keeping to make the planning process in Brampton easier.

Read the Agenda here.


Audit Committee

June 26, 9:30 a.m.
Boardroom WT-2C/D, West Tower

The city’s audit committee is made up of five council members, who review matters regarding the city as a corporation, dealing with financials and matters of potential fraud or unfair practices.

Fraud Prevention Update

The Fraud Prevention team is providing an update on fraud investigations, in regards to incidences involving city staff (page 4). Nine reports have been made since the February 2018 Audit Committee update. The majority of these incidents involve thefts. Other incidents include alleged embezzlement, violation of laws, and unethical conduct.

 Read the Agenda here.


Age-Friendly Brampton Advisory Committee

June 26, 700 p.m.
Boardroom WT-2C/D, West Tower

The AFBAC is composed of councilors, residents (seniors and youth), and community group representatives to discuss issues involving youth and senior issues in the community, and how to make Brampton a better place for all.

University Update

A brief update on Ryerson University campus progress will be presented to the committee (page 10). Ryerson’s academics will be focused on Data Science, Business Analytics, Cyber Sciences, and Digital Experience Innovation. There will be an integrated innovation hub for access to research and development support.

Youth Initiatives

After an opinion piece by Bramptonist sparked some anger by committee members, city staff are finally presenting youth issues at this committee (page 16).

 Read the Agenda here.


Council

June 27, 9:30 a.m.
Boardroom WT-2C/D, West Tower

City Council meetings are the final approval meeting for all matters to city. Generally speaking, matters are considered finished after they are approved here, unless opened back up with a two-thirds majority vote.

Special Notes:

This is the last official council meeting before summer. While meetings are scheduled for July and August, it’s likely council won’t convene before September.

While the Uber motion was dealt with last week, Councilor Gurpreet Dhillon (Wards 9 & 10) has said that he will attempt to bring the issue up again this week.

Dhillon and Mayor Linda Jeffrey also mentioned during a community town hall that a motion on youth violence and housing will be presented at this week’s council meeting.

Downtown Parking Changes

With the upcoming Brampton Reimagined, some changes are being proposed to ensure that visitors continue to patronize downtown businesses (page 133). Four parking incentives are being proposed:

  • Two hours free parking (instead of one) at the City Hall, West Tower, Nelson Square, and Market Square garages
  • Three hours free parking (instead of one) at the John Street garage (this garage is underused)
  • Weekday free parking from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Potential reduced parking pass option for downtown business owners

The city bought the surface lot at 20 George Street North. The on-street parking on Queen and Main will be diverted here.

Issues in Brief

The Mayor and two staff members attended a Life Science conference called BIO 2018 in Boston and three companies are interested in setting up in Brampton (page 44).

Those who parking on city boulevards will face a fine of $75 initially, and then $500 if the order is violated again (page 49).

A large, mixed-use development at the northeast corner of Queen and McVean is officially being recommended. The development will include a hotel, office buildings, retail, and apartments (page 68).

Read the Agenda here.

 

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