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 and Development Committee

March 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.

Springbrook Tertiary Plan

Springbrook is a historical hamlet at Queen Street West and Creditview Road. A study was commenced in 2006, but was paused due to issues with widening Queen West and the presence of rare fish species, Redside Dace, in the area (page 5). The city has received applications to develop in the area and is implementing a new tertiary plan.

The main intersection will be a small-scale hamlet mixed area, with commercial and community uses. The rest will be low-density residential. Development near the creeks will have to be set back in order to not affect the fish. Laneways are recommended as part of the road network to limit access to the main roads.

Development Permit System in Downtown Brampton

A DPS permit is being suggested for managing new developments in Downtown Brampton, as recommended by Brampton 2040 (page 20).

DPS is a planning tool that simplifies several planning processes (zoning, minor variances, and site plan control) for quicker and easier development. Main Street North already has a DPS system, which has pre-zoned several areas to expedite development.

174-184 Queen Street East

This is a 20 storey mixed-use development coming to Queen Street East, near Peel Memorial Hospital (page 31). The development was approved in 2012, but was subject to certain conditions that the developer has now completed with satisfaction to the city.

Bramalea Mobility Hub

Bramalea GO and its surrounding area are considered a mobility hub in both city and provincial plans and this report recommends new land uses for redevelopment to higher densities (page 62).

The station and the lands immediately centred around Bramalea and Steeles will be encouraged to intensify primarily to offices. The Canadian Tire site will be retained as prestige industrial, and other industrial uses will likely remain for the long term.

Read the Agenda here.


Committee of Adjustment

March 5, 9:00 a.m.
Boardroom WT 2C/D, West Tower

CoA is a committee comprising staff members and residents, not elected officials. This committee handles minor zoning adjustments for new developments, as well as new businesses in existing developments. Minor adjustments may including: adjusting the zoning to allows for compatible but not allowed uses, reducing parking minimums, and minor height and setback adjustments

Adjustments

Severances to split land plots are requested at 11570 McVean Drive, 0 Classic Drive and 10534 Hurontario Street.

Driving widenings are requested at 23 Bonnie Braes Drive, 35 Midnightsun Trail and 16 Callalily Road.

Read the Agenda here.


Audit Committee

March 5, 1:00 p.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.

Issues

The Internal Audit office will present its budget (page 4) and its report of its work in 2018 (page 11). The office issued fewer recommendations last year than in 2017.

Read the Agenda here.


Council

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

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

Announcements/Proclamations

The Zonta Club of Brampton Caledon will be announcing International Women’s Day (March 8) and National Human Trafficking Awareness Day (February 22)

2019 Community Grant Funding

The city will fund 71 projects worth $1,314,319.86 this year (page 35). This year, city staff are requesting that of that total, $347,319.86 is taken from the community grant surplus reserve.

The city received 106 applications this year, more than last year. 11 established festivals (including Carabram and FOLD), 23 new events, 17 capacity building projects for local groups, and 20 sports tourism and recreation programs have been funded.

Read the Agenda here.


Brampton School Traffic Safety Council

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

The BSTS Committee is a citizen advisory committee comprised of 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.

Site Inspection Requests

A resident near Earnscliffe Public School is concerned by cars not stopping for children crossing Balmoral (page 32).

A resident who lives near Queen and Dixie would like the school board to extend school bus service within 2 km of Balmoral Senior Public School due to unsafe walking conditions this winter (page 33).

A resident near McClure Elementary School is concerned about the safety of children in the neighbourhood trying to get to school and is requesting stop signs to slow down traffic (page 35).

Site Inspection Reports

Calderstone Public School (page 45): Recommendations include encouraging students to use the signalized crossings, for parents to drop off their kids in the kiss and ride area, and no parking restrictions placed on Calderstone Drive.

Great Lakes Public School (page 48): Recommendations include encouraging students to cross Peter Robertson at Great Lakes instead of Rainstorm/Blue Whale, that the city study a pedestrian crossover at Great Lakes Pathway and Peter Robertston and that parents at St. Isaac Joques use the one-way roads properly.

Helen Wilson Public School (page 53): Recommendations include studying a potential all-way stop at Golding Road and Abbey Road, a crossing guard isn’t warranted at that intersection, but a crossing guard may be warranted at the front of the school.

St. Jean-Marie Vianney Catholic School (page 56): Recommendations include a crossing guard isn’t warranted in the front of the school now, but another inspection be done in the spring.

Castle Oaks Public School (page 59): Recommendations include a crossing guard isn’t warranted at Long Branch Trail and Castle Oaks Crossing.

Ridgeview Public School (page 61): Recommendations include asking the police and by-law enforcement to enforce no parking and no U-turn restrictions.

Read the Agenda here.


Sports Hall of Fame Committee

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

The SHF Committee is a citizen advisory committee made up of 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.

Discussions

The committee will discuss the induction ceremony in May and future inductees.

Read the Agenda here.

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