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) and are generally held in the City Council Chambers unless stated otherwise.

Planning and Development Committee

June 4, 7:00 p.m.
Boardroom WT-2C/D, West Tower

This committee handles all planning and development issues and comprises 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.

Public Meeting Reports

A new zoning by-law is being proposed (page 6), allowing the storage of boats and other recreational vehicles on front driveways. The new zoning by-law, if pursued, would apply city-wide. Current city by-laws do not permit the storage of vehicles in front or exterior side yards, but only in back or interior yards. Restrictions for the storage of recreational vehicles mean they couldn’t be stored in the front for more than 72 hours per month, can’t occupy a required parking spot, and have to be within seven metres in length and three metres in height.

KLM Planning has proposed a new single-storey retail plaza for the corner of Mississauga Road and Williams Parkway (page 10). The plaza would have a gas station with a car wash, a drive-thru restaurant, and a building with multiple stores and offices. There would be 83 parking spaces.

The Brampton Bramalea Fellowship Church at Bramalea Road and Inspire Boulevard is proposing construction of a six storey, affordable apartment building on their site in the north of the city (page 26). There would be 87 units in the building. The plan conforms to the official and secondary plans, which call for medium density up to eight storeys in the area, and affordable housing is deemed to be complementary to secondary plan designation for places of worship. The existing heritage building on site will be re-used for storage. The parking requirements will be shared with the existing church.

NYX Capital Corp is proposing 172 townhouses on the former Gummed Paper factory site (page 45) near Sheard Avenue and Haggert Avenue, abutting the Orangeville railway. The factory, a designated heritage site, was demolished without permission in 2008, and the owner received a massive fine. There would be 293 parking spots, 36 for visitors parking.

Read the Agenda here.

Committee of Council

June 6, 9:30 a.m.
Boardroom WT-2C/D, West Tower

CoC is attended by all members of council, except the mayor (though the mayor is permitted to be a member at this committee). This committee hears new reports from all areas of the city, as well as issues from the advisory committees. This is the confirming step before final council meeting approval.

A-Frame Signage Pilot

Did you know that the city is running an A-Frame Signage pilot program for downtown Brampton? The DT BIA is requesting and staff are recommending that the pilot be extended to the end of the year in order to get the best results (page 143). Only two businesses are actually participating in the program.

Natural Heritage Restoration Program

This is the first step in the creation of the Brampton Eco-Park idea mentioned in the Brampton 2040 plan. This program will consolidate and coordinate different strategic plans regarding the restoration of natural habitats throughout the city (page 69).

The NHRP will initially focus on city efforts, before expanding to regional, conservation authorities, and community efforts. Funding for this program will come from development charges that have been dedicated to a reserve for similar programs. By 2020, there should be a consolidated management plan for all natural spaces in the city, instead of it being siloed into different departments.

There are 20 programs that NHRP will coordinate in 2018, and staff are asking for an additional $14,500 to be drawn from the reserve to fund two additional projects.

There are 11 direct programs this year. They include: Andrew McCandless Park (bioswales), Massey Park (implementation of tree restoration), Jessie’s Park (butterfly garden), Centennial Park (reduce mowing/meadow planting), Elgin Woods Park (reduce mowing/meadow planting), Steeles Park (reduce mowing/meadow planting), Kiwanis Park (reduce mowing/meadow planting), Conservation Drive Park (reduce mowing/meadow planting), Norton Park (woodland restoration), Dorchester Park (restoration), and Jefferson Park (water channel restoration).

EarlyON Child and Family Centre

The Doherty/Fitzpatrick Heritage House at Gore Meadows Recreation Centre is proposed to be converted into a family care centre, citing the closeness of the library and recreation centre as an advantage (page 99). Staff are requesting a budget amendment of $2.5 million to complete renovations. Half of that will come from reserves, and half will be paid back by the Ontario Ministry of Education via the Region of Peel. The project must be complete by December 2020.

Economic Development Master Plan

The city’s new economic development master plan is now complete and ready for implementation (page 155) to bring at least 140,000 new jobs to the city over the next 20 years. The key overarching goals are innovation, talent, and competitiveness.

Other Issues

The vacant spaces in West Tower, despite increasingly lower rent offers, has failed to attract more commercial tenants. The city will assume the space for public-facing efforts, including a Centre for Innovation (start-up incubation and co-working space), an Urban Design Studio for planning and developers to interact, and a Civic Innovation Lab, a community engagement space to promote continuous engagement with the Brampton 2040 vision (page 95).

 Read the Agenda here.

Brampton School Traffic Safety Council

June 7, 9:30 a.m.
Boardroom WT-2C/D, West Tower

The BSTS Committee is a citizen advisory committee comprising one councilor, two school trustees (public and Catholic) and residents. This committee does site surveys with the head crossing guard to find problems and solutions to traffic and safety issues around Brampton area schools, as requested by school officials and parents.

School Inspection Requests

A resident is requesting an inspection for Charolais Boulevard near Morton Way Public School due to drivers parking improperly and pedestrians crossing mid-block instead of at a crossing guard (page 14).

A school administrator for Aylesbury Public School and Good Shepherd Separate School is requesting an inspection of the schools’ travel plans for the students (page 15 and 16).

School Inspection Reports

Guardian Angels Catholic School: The inspection (page 33) recommends that active transportation (walking, cycling) be encouraged for students, no stopping from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday be extended from the south side of Heatherdale Drive from the school property line to house #33, a Kiss and Ride sign be installed at the entrance of the school and that a community safety video be sent to the community.

Countryside Village Public School: The inspection (page 37) recommends that active transportation (walking, cycling) be encouraged for students, the “no stopping” sign be removed from the Kiss and Ride area and a Kiss and Ride sign put up at the entrance, enhanced pavement markings within the school property and at the intersection nearby, and that a crossing guard study be initiated.

Whaley’s Corners Public School: The inspection (page 40) recommends that active transportation (walking, cycling) be encouraged for students, no stopping restrictions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday be implemented on Howard Stewart Road south side between Isle Royal Terrace and Dancing Water’s Road, and that a crossing guard isn’t needed right now.

Read the Agenda here.

Sports Hall of Fame Committee

June 7, 7:00 p.m.
Boardroom WT-2C/D, West Tower

The SHF Committee is a citizen advisory committee comprising three councillors and residents. This committee is in charge of selecting nominees for Brampton’s Sports Hall of Fame at the Powerade Centre, as well as organizing the gala event that happens every May.

Issues in Brief

There will be a discussion on the Sports Hall of Fame induction event that just passed.

 Read the Agenda here.