Council Showdown: April 4 – 8, 2016

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Every week, Bramptonist will be rounding up the interesting items on upcoming city council and committee meetings, so you don’t have to bore yourselves with tedious PDFs.

All meetings are open to the public (aside from closed items), and are generally held in the City Council Chambers, unless stated otherwise.


Planning and Infrastructure Committee

April 4, 7:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall

This is a public consultation specific planning meeting. No decisions will be made other than to receive public feedback, except for the Habitat for Humanity development on McLaughlin Road. Go to this one to give your input on several planning applications.

Osmington Regional Centre

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  • Proposed shopping mall and mixed use development has been in the works since 2010
  • Located northwest of Bovaird/Mississauga; will not replace Apple Factory Farm (for the time being)
  • City of Brampton amended the Official Plan to create a special designation for the Osmington lands (OPA 101), Morguard (owners of Bramalea City Centre) have appealed that to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).
  • Osmington has also appealed the Region of Peel’s lack of decision to the OMB as well
  • Final approval of this development lies in the OMB’s hands in September 2016
  • Included in this proposal are:
    • 1.2 million square ft of retail/commercial floor space (one shopping mall)
    • 140,00 square ft of additional retail/commercial (10 outward facing retail blocks, 6 as part of mixed use developments)
    • 300,000 square ft of office (two office buildings)
    • 2,000 apartment units (10 buildings, 4 as part of mixed use developments)
    • 180,000 square ft hotel with 350 rooms
    • 40,000 square ft movie theatre with 2,200 seats
    • Three stormwater ponds and two natural heritage areas
    • Internal road network and extension of Lagerfield Drive
  • Report on page 44

Heart Lake Townhouses

  • Royalcliff wants to develop 124 townhomes and 2 single-detached units on NW corner of Sandalwood/Conestoga
  • This issue has been in and out of city hall and the OMB since 2007
  • This is a public consultation session specifically
  • Report on page 96

McLaughlin Road Habitat for Humanity Development

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  • This item is up for approval at this council meeting
  • Habitat for Humanity wants to build 13 townhouses in 4 blocks on McLaughlin Road, south and adjacent to Chris Gibson Recreation Centre and park
  • One block will be three stories, the other three blocks will be two stories, development will have 21 parking spaces, below the normal minimum
  • Habitat and the city thought it would be better to share road access off the Amsterdam Crescent condominium community’s private road, but they refused, so a new full-access intersection will have to be built off McLaughlin
  • Several residents of the area have opposed the development due to a perceived lack of green space (despite the development being adjacent to a park and recreation centre), lack of parking (despite this being a lower-income not-for-profit housing and thus not likely to generate much traffic or cars), and too dense (despite the area’s architectural nature of apartments and townhouses)

Issues in Brief

  • A sliver of land NE of Chingacousy and Steeles is finally being completed with road linkages (two sides of Moffat Avenue are being connected) and more single-detached housing (pages 6 and 19)
  • 38 townhouses in 6 blocks are being proposed in the NE corner of Torbram and Countryside Drive, behind a newly constructed mixed use developments (page 31)
  • One 1,300,000 square feet warehouse proposed on Hurontario north of Bovaird (would replace Green Acres horse farm), developer does not want Whybank Drive extended south through site (page 69)

Agenda with reports available here.


 Community and Public Services Committee

April 6, 2016, 9:30 a.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall

New Arts and Culture Panel coming to Brampton

  • Report begins on page 5
  • Chuck Scott, a local award-winning artist, was chosen by council in 2015 to lead the panel and work with staff to create a new governance structure, terms of reference, and a proposed budget
  • The panel will exist as a subcommittee to the Community and Public Services Committee, similarly to how the Brampton Heritage Board is a subcommittee to Planning and Infrastructre
  • Deliverable will focus on how the city’s Arts and Culture strategy will move forward
  • There will be five councilors and 19 volunteer community members, chosen based on their field (the 19 volunteers have been chosen and will be disclosed in a closed session of committee, due to the human resources nature of the matter)

Issues in Brief

  • An updated amendment to Brampton’s Emergency Management Program By-Law (page 11)
  • City staff are asking council to allocate $152,000 for a feasibility analysis on the potential acquistion of the Powerade Centre; the process for the city to buy the facility out will not proceed if this budget allocation isn’t approved (page 28)

Agenda with reports available here. 


Economic Development Committee

April 6, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall

Issues in Brief

  • Tourism office wants to eliminate the $75 entry fee to the Brampton Business Directory, as well as able to distribute the BBD by means other than CDs (like USB drives); will lead to revenue loss of $4,000 (page 13)
  • Brampton’s ICI Alliance has a presentation and report on how they’ll be promoting economic development (page 18)
  • 2015 Citizen Awards (page 36)
    • List on page 39, awards are overwhelmingly for sports
  • January 12, 2016 BIA minutes (page 46)
    • Businesses in the downtown are apparently abusing the parking privilege
  • Regional Councilor Michael Palleschi (Wards 2 & 6) wants a discussion on the downtown event Motorcycle Mondays

Agenda with reports available here.


Corporate Service Committee

April 6, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall

Issues in Brief

  • Staff wants council to write off $12,110 in fines where all collection efforts have been exhausted; the debtor has passed away (page 4)
  • 2016 Tax Ratios (page 9)
  • Non-union compensation structure (will be available at the April 6 committee meeting)

Agenda with reports available here.


Brampton School Traffic Safety Council

April 7, 9:30 a.m.

Council Committee Room, City Hall

Issues in Brief

  • Marie Casciato, principal of Fairlawn Public School, is requesting a safety inspection due to parents blocking the street when dropping off their kids (page 15)
  • City Council Pat Fortini (Wards 7 & 8) is requesting a safety inspection at Goldcrest Public School due to parking issues (page 16)
  • Joanne Pozniak, resident, is requesting a safety inspection at Birchbank Public School because of congestion issues (page 17)
  • The BSTSC is looking for  the crossing guard of the year (page 19)

Agenda with reports available here.


Sports Hall of Fame Committee

April 7, 7:00 p.m.

Council Committee Room, City Hall

Issues in Brief

  • Discussion on Sponsorship Boards at Sports Hall of Fame
  • Discussion on Sports Hall of Fame appearance on RogersTV program “Heer Now” on April 28

Agenda with reports available here.

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