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.

Committee of Adjustment

May 3, 9:00 a.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall

Issues in Brief

  • A place of worship is seeking a variance to operate at 18 Corporation Drive
  • A private school is seeking a variance to operate on the 4th floor of the office building at the NE corner of Bovaird Drive and Sunny Meadows Boulevard

This agenda and report can be found here.

Economic Development Committee

May 4, 1:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall

Community Grant Programs 2016

  • Report on page 6
  • 47 grants out of 100 proposals will be funded
  • $475,692 in cash funding and $172,795 in-kind values; total budget was $1,003,000
  • The 2017 Community Grant Application process will start on September 6, 2016
  • Applicants include several Brampton minor league teams, cultural associations hosting events, seniors groups, Carabram, resident groups, arts and culture groups, operating funds for non-profit programs, the Santa Claus parade
  • 28 of the 47 applicants are groups that have never approached the city for funding before/are hosting new events

Central Area Decade Review

  • Report on page 48
  • Central Area is an east-west corridor that radiates off Queen Street from McLaughlin to Bramalea and includes all of Downtown Brampton, the Bramalea City Centre area, and Chinguacousy Park
  • 710 news businesses opened in CA from 2006 to 2015
  • Construction activity of over $1 billion in all sorts of development
    • 36% residential
    • 25% commercial
    • 2% industrial
    • 37% institutional (new city hall, PAMA and the Rose, Zum Queen, Chinguacousy Park renovations)
  • Office commercial vacancy currently at 22.5%, it has been increasing
  • Retail commercial vacancy currently at 3.9%, it has been decreasing

Issues in Brief

  • The Perpetual Bazaar and city staff will be making presentations requesting funding (page 5)
  • Trade mission to Brazil report (page 39)
  • Trade mission to France report (page 43)

This agenda and report can be found here.

Corporate Services Committee

May 4, 3:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall

Public Sector Network Update

  • In 1999, Brampton, alongside Caledon and Mississauga, built a regional fiber optic system “Public Sector Network”
  • Brampton has 260 km of fiber optic connecting city facilties, as well as each Zum stop; has spent $20 million
  • System is 727 km of fibre, used by Brampton, Mississauga, Caledon, Region of Peel, Peel police, Sheridan College, William Osler Health Centre, Trillium Health Centre, Credit Valley Hospital, UTM
  • The operating costs of the network are fully covered by fee from the hospitals and UTM
  • This report is on page 5

University Blue Ribbon Panel Update

  • The panel will not identify a proposed partner until the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities release a call for proposals
  • Economic Impact Study has been completed
  • This report is on page 25

This agenda and report can be found here.

Brampton School Traffic Safety Council

May 5, 9:30 a.m.

Council Committee Room, City Hall

Bike to School Week 2016

  • Presentation on page 16
  • May 30 – June 3, 2016
  • Only two schools in Brampton registered: Massey Street Public School and St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Schools that participate get lots of free stuff for students

Schools with the most issued traffic tickets – up to April 2016

  • Fernforest Public School – 31
  • Springdale Public School – 33
  • Larkspur Public School – 45

This agenda and report can be found here.