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COUNCIL

 

OF

 

THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF YORK

 

March 22, 2012

 

Regional Council met at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers, York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, with Regional Chair Fisch presiding.

 

The following were present at this Meeting:

 

 

Mayor:              Barrow, Bevilacqua, Dawe, Emmerson, Hackson, Pellegrini,

Scarpitti and Van Bynen 

           

Regional            Di Biase, Heath, Hogg, Landon, Li, Rosati, Schulte, Spatafora,

Councillor:         Taylor, and Wheeler

           

Staff:                Basso, Davidson, Hughes, Hulton, Kurji, Llewellyn-Thomas,

Macgregor, Mahoney and Urbanski

 

 

            DISCLOSURES

 

27        Alzheimer Society of York Region

(Clause 12.6 of Finance and Administration Committee Report No. 3)

 

Regional Chair Fisch declared an interest in Clause 12, Item 6 of Finance and Administration Committee Report No. 3 as his daughter-in-law is Vice-President of the Alzheimer Society of York Region, and did not take part in the consideration or discussion of or vote on this item and left the meeting during consideration of this item in Private Session.

 

 

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28        MINUTES

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Li, seconded by Mayor Dawe that Council confirm the Minutes of the Council meeting held on February16, 2012 in the form supplied to the Members.

Carried

 

 

 

PRESENTATION

 

Council received the following presentation:

 

29        Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)

 

Toby Lennox, Vice-President of Corporate Affairs, accompanied by Aleem Kanji, Manager, Public Affairs, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) provided Council with an update on the GTAA.

 

Mr. Lennox indicated that the new Global Hub Strategy for Pearson is expected to create economic benefits for York Region. He noted that 2011 trans-border traffic at Pearson was up by 4.1% last year and international traffic increased by 7.6%. He added that growth is forecast at 3.7% which would amount to 34.6 million passengers using Pearson in 2012. This growth is due in part to Pearson's high-quality facilities, advantageous geographic position and strong base of international traffic.

 

One of the benefits to York Region is the potential for job creation. Currently 7,000 employees from York Region work on Toronto Pearson campus. Many of these employees and York Region residents are taking advantage of the GO 40 bus that has frequent daily trips from the intersection of Yonge Street and Highway 7 to Pearson.

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Landon, seconded by Mayor Scarpitti that Council receive the presentation.

Carried

 

 

 

[The following links open .pdf files of the Communications]

 

COMMUNICATIONS

           

Council considered the following communications:

 

30        Community and Health Services Statistical Information Year End 2011

(Clause 7 of Community and Health Services Committee Report No. 3)

 

Adelina Urbanski, Commissioner of Community and Health Services, March 7, 2012

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Heath, seconded by Regional Councillor Spatafora that Council receive the communication.

Carried

 

31        Girl's Rights Week

 

Ashley Martin, Youth Coordinator, Girls Incorporated of York Region, March 2012, requesting that Council recognize April 30 to May 6, 2012 as Girl's Rights Week

 

It was moved by Mayor Hackson, seconded by Regional Councillor Hogg that Council receive the communication and recognize April 30 to May 6, 2012 as Girl's Rights Week.

Carried

 

32        Draft Best Practices Guide for Planning Centres and Corridors

(Clause 5 of Planning and Economic Development Committee Report No. 3)

 

Jeffrey Streisfield, Land Lawyer & Land Development Manager, Land Law, March 19, 2012

 

It was moved by Mayor Van Bynen, seconded by Mayor Barrow that Council receive the communication.

Carried

 

33        COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

It was moved by Mayor Barrow, seconded by Mayor Bevilacqua that Council resolve itself into Committee of the Whole to consider the following reports:

 

Report No. 3 of the Community and Health Services Committee

Report No. 3 of the Environmental Services Committee

Report No. 3 of the Finance and Administration Committee

Report No. 3 of the Planning and Economic Development Committee

Report No. 3 of the Transportation Services Committee

Report No. 1 of the Commissioner of Finance

Report No. 2 of the Commissioner of Transportation and Community Planning

 

Carried

 

Regional Chair Fisch chaired the Committee of the Whole.

 

The Committee of the Whole rose and recommended that Council adopt the recommendations in the following reports with amendments as noted:

 

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Report No. 3 of the Community and Health Services Committee

 

Report No. 3 of the Environmental Services Committee

 

Report No. 3 of the Finance and Administration Committee

 

(Mayor Scarpitti assumed the position of Acting Chair and presided over consideration and voting on Clause 12.)

 

(Clause 12, Item 6 - see Minutes Nos. 27 and 46.)

 

 

Report No. 3 of the Planning and Economic Development Committee

 

Clause 1, Revisions to the Retail Business Holidays Act Exemption Application Process and Review was adopted with the inclusion of the following additional recommendations:

 

4. The public meeting for the current application be held at the May 2, 2012 meeting of the Planning and Economic Development Committee

 

5. Council hold a Workshop following this public meeting to assess the process and future options, and

 

6. Staff report back to the Committee on the outcome of the City of Toronto's review of its process for handling Retail Business Holidays Act exemption applications.

 

Report No. 3 of the Transportation Services Committee

 

[The following links open .pdf files of the Reports]

 

Report No. 1 of the Commissioner of Finance

 

Report No. 2 of the Commissioner of Transportation and Community Planning

 

It was moved by Mayor Scarpitti, seconded by Mayor Van Bynen that Council adopt the recommendations of the Committee of the Whole.

Carried

 

 

[The following links open .pdf files of the Bylaws]

 

34        BYLAWS

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Wheeler, seconded by Regional Councillor Spatafora that Council introduce and approve certain Bills in the form as noted on the Revised Agenda and enact them as Bylaws.

 

Bylaw No. 2012-14

A bylaw to establish tax ratios and to specify the percentage by which tax rates are to be reduced for prescribed property subclasses for 2012

 

Bylaw No. 2012-15

A bylaw to amend Bylaw No. 2009-23 being a bylaw to designate lanes on regional roads for the exclusive use of certain classes of vehicles

 

Bylaw No. 2012-16

To establish charges for the uniform water service rate

 

Bylaw No. 2012-17

To establish charges for the uniform wastewater service rate

 

Bylaw No. 2012-18

To establish a public highway - part of McCowan Road, Leslie Street and Gamble Road

              

Carried

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

35        Earth Hour - Lantern Walk - City of Vaughan

 

Regional Councillor Schulte extended an invitation for Council Members and the public to join in the 5th Annual Woodbridge Lantern Walk on Saturday, March 31, 2012 as part of Vaughan's recognition of Earth Hour.

 

 

36        Retirement of John Waller, Director, Long Range and Strategic Planning

 

Regional Chair Fisch, on behalf of Council, thanked John Waller, Director of Long Range and Strategic Planning, who was attending his last Council meeting prior to retirement.

 

The Regional Chair highlighted some of Mr. Waller's achievements while in public service. Mr. Waller worked for York Region from 1977 to 1980 and from 1993 until now. Over the last 19 years Mr. Waller was responsible for York Region's long range and strategic planning. This has been challenging in such a fast growing community. Regional Chair Fisch indicated that Mr. Waller played a pivotal role in establishing policies, programs and practices to help manage this growth. He successfully led the work on two award winning Regional Official Plans - 1994 and 2010. Mr. Waller and his team won more than 10 major awards for work accomplished on various initiatives such as Towards a Sustainable Region, Vision 2026, and much more. Regional Chair Fisch thanked Mr. Waller for his dedication and vision and wished him well on his well-deserved retirement.

 

Mr. Waller thanked Regional Chair Fisch and Council for their ongoing support and guidance over the years. He said he was proud of York Region's innovative and progressive accomplishments. He indicated how fortunate he has been to work with outstanding, committed and principled staff at the Region and that he was particularly proud of the Planning staff over the years.

 

Mr. Waller thanked Council for helping to make his work professionally rewarding. He also thanked the Members for their innovative and strategic focus which has allowed staff to put together award winning accomplishments and a planning team that is drawn to stimulating work.

 

 

 

MOTION

 

37        Earth Hour 2012

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Taylor, seconded by Mayor Van Bynen that Council adopt the following:

 

WHEREAS climate change is the biggest environmental threat to our planet and a major concern for all Canadians;

 

AND WHEREAS at exactly 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2012, major cities around the world will turn off their lights and electrical power for one hour to raise awareness about climate change and to symbolize that, working together, the people of the world can make a difference in the fight against global warming;

 

AND WHEREAS the event, called "Earth Hour", began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 as 2.2 million people turned off their lights to take a stand against climate change;

 

AND WHEREAS since then, it has become an annual, globally observed event;

 

AND WHEREAS participating in Earth Hour sends a powerful message to every citizen and business around the world that it's possible to take action on climate change and that switching off our lights and electrical power is just one simple action we can take to help make a difference;

 

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED by the Council of The Regional Municipality of York as follows:

 

THAT at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2012, The Regional Municipality of York will join other municipalities and cities around the world in literally "turning out the lights" by shutting off all non-essential lighting and electrical power in all of its facilities, where feasible, and without jeopardizing safety, for one full hour.

Carried

 

 

38        PRIVATE SESSION

 

It was moved by Mayor Bevilacqua, seconded by Mayor Barrow that Council convene in Private Session for the purpose of considering the following:

 

1. Private Report of the Finance and Administration Committee - Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, Bus Terminal Business Terms - Land Acquisition

 

2. Private Report of the Finance and Administration Committee - Regional Solicitor Use of Delegated Settlement Authority, 2011 Annual Report - Litigation

 

3. Private Report of the Finance and Administration Committee - Disposition of Matters Under the Purchasing Bylaw, 2011 Annual Report - Litigation

 

4. Private Report of the Environmental Services Committee - Waste Management Facility - Design/Build/Operate Contract - Proposed Land Acquisition and Security of Municipal Property

 

5. Private Report of the Community and Health Services Committee - 'Securing New Affordable Housing' - Security of Property and Proposed Acquisition of Land

 

6. Private Report of the Transportation Services Committee - Enforcement of Sign Bylaw - Solicitor-Client Privilege

 

7. Private Report of the Regional Solicitor - Ontario Municipal Board - Central Pickering Development Plan (Seaton) - Litigation, including matters before Administrative Tribunals

 

8. Private Update relating to the Alzheimer Society of York Region - Solicitor-Client and Land Acquisition

Carried

 

Council met in Private Session at 11:23 a.m. and reconvened in Council at 1:22 p.m.

 

It was moved by Mayor Hackson, seconded by Mayor Emmerson that Council rise and report from Private Session.

Carried

 

 

39        Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, Bus Terminal Business Terms

 

It was moved by Mayor Bevilacqua, seconded by Regional Councillor Di Biase that Council adopt the recommendations contained in the private report of the Finance and Administration Committee dated March 1, 2012 as follows:

 

1. Council endorse the business terms with Smart Centres and Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension/Toronto Transit Commission for the provision of the York Region Transit bus terminal and Passenger Pick-Up and Drop-Off facilities at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.

 

2. The Regional Chair and Clerk be authorized to enter into the necessary legal agreements substantially in accordance with the business terms outlined in this report.

Carried

 

 

40        Regional Solicitor Use of Delegated Settlement Authority, 2011 Annual Report

 

It was moved by Mayor Barrow, seconded by Mayor Van Bynen that Council adopt the recommendation contained in the private report of the Finance and Administration Committee dated March 1, 2012 to receive the private report of the Regional Solicitor.

 

Carried

 

 

41        Disposition of Matters under the Purchasing Bylaw, 2011 Annual Report

 

It was moved by Mayor Dawe, seconded by Mayor Hackson that Council adopt the recommendation contained in the private report of the Finance and Administration Committee dated March 1, 2012 to receive the private report of the Regional Solicitor.

                                                                                                                                                Carried

 

42        Waste Management Facility - Design/Build/Operate Contract

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Wheeler, seconded by Regional Councillor Heath that Council receive the private update from the Commissioner of Environmental Services and adopt the recommendations contained in the private report of the Environmental Services Committee dated March 7, 2012, including recommendations 1 and 2 as follows:

 

1. Council authorize the cancellation of the current design, build and operate procurement process for the York-Dufferin Source Separated Organics Waste Treatment Facility.

 

2. Council authorize the submission of a funding application to Public Private Partnership Canada for their next intake in 2012, for announcement in 2013, to design, build, operate and finance a York-Dufferin Source Separated Organics Facility.

Carried

 

43        Securing New Affordable Housing

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Wheeler, seconded by Regional Councillor Rosati that Council adopt the recommendations contained in the private report of the Community and Health  Services Committee dated March 7, 2012, as follows:

 

1. Council authorize the award of a contract to 702153 Ontario Inc. o/a Fairwood Homes and Torkes Developments Inc. in the amount of $19,215,710 plus applicable taxes, for a 97-unit, six-storey, affordable rental housing building to be located on the southeast corner of The Queensway South and Church Street in Keswick in the Town of Georgina.

 

2. The Commissioner of Community and Health Services be authorized to direct title of the property to Housing York Inc. on closing.

Carried

 

 

44        Enforcement of Sign Bylaw

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Schulte, seconded by Regional Councillor Rosati that

 

1. Council adopt the recommendation in the private report of the Transportation Services Committee to receive the private memorandum of Senior Counsel

 

2. Staff be requested to amend the Sign Bylaw to include the specific "deeming"  provision so that the owner/advertiser can clearly be held liable for permitting the display of signs, and

 

3. Staff bring the matter of the enforcement of the Sign Bylaw back to the Transportation Services Committee for the 2013 budget and business plan after further investigation indicating the staffing and fiscal implications of the options brought forward in the confidential memorandum from Senior Counsel.

 

Carried

 

45        Central Pickering Development Plan (Seaton)

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Hogg, seconded by Regional Councillor Li that Council adopt the recommendations contained in the private report of the Regional Solicitor as follows:

 

1. Council authorize Regional staff and external counsel to appear before the hearing officer or Ontario Municipal Board ("OMB"), as required, to support the Region's modifications to the Central Pickering Development Plan ("CPDP") as outlined in the Report of the Commissioner of Transportation Services and Community Planning regarding this matter

 

2. Council authorize Regional staff and external counsel to appear before the OMB to advance the Region's position on the Official Plan Amendment and draft plans of subdivision, and

 

3. Council authorize the Regional Solicitor to execute minutes of settlement on behalf of the Region regarding the Seaton Appeals subject to approval of the Commissioner of Transportation Services and Community Planning.

 

Carried

 

46        Alzheimer Society of York Region

 

(Mayor Scarpitti assumed the position of Acting Chair and presided over consideration and voting on this item.)

 

It was moved by Mayor Bevilacqua, seconded by Regional Councillor Heath that Council receive the private update from the Chief Administrative Officer.

Carried

 

           

 

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47        CONFIRMATORY BYLAW

 

It was moved by Mayor Emmerson, seconded by Mayor Scarpitti that Council enact the following bylaw to confirm the proceedings of this meeting of Council.

 

Bylaw No. 2012-19    

To confirm the proceedings of Council at its meeting held on March 22, 2012.

Carried

 

 

 

The Council meeting adjourned at 1:28 p.m.

                       

                       

                       

                       

Regional Clerk

           

           

Minutes confirmed and adopted at the meeting of Regional Council held on April 19, 2012.

           

           

           

                       

Regional Chair

 

 

 
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