May 2019 Update

May 28, 2019

Here is an update on a number of items of interest to CCKT.  We’ve also included a list of several upcoming dates for meetings and events of relevance.

1.  King Township Facility Review Meeting – May 21.  6:00 p.m.

There is a public meeting planned which is focused on the review of several Township facilities:   The Kettleby-Pottageville Hall, Pottageville Pavilion, the Schomberg Arena and Schomberg Community Centre.  Debbie Schaefer anticipates that it will include information about current usage, costs, structural status and options.  The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the King Township Municipal Centre, King City.  (2585 King Road.)

2.  Draft Tree By-Law for Settlement Areas Coming to Council – June 10

Please mark you calendars for June 10th!  As you know CCKT members have been meeting with King Township staff over the past year to review past work on a Township Tree By-Law and have been focused on the crafting of an effective draft tree by-law for the three main Settlement Areas in King Township, King City, Nobleton and Schomberg.  An important goal has been to craft a tree by-law that will gain the support of a wide range of residents.  The draft by-law is a focused effort at blending individual property owners rights with the broader public interest.  Key goals have been to support and encourage the conservation of healthy, mature trees and to grow the tree canopy
through replacement planting when trees are removed.

Kathryn Moyle, Township Clerk is planning to bring the draft tree by-law to King Council with a report on Monday, June 10th, meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. at the King Township Municipal Centre.  CCKT is inviting all CCKT members and other interested members of the public to attend this meeting in support of the draft tree by-law.  With Council’s
support public consultation will begin following the June 10th meeting. 

CCKT will be sharing additional details and highlights from the draft tree by-law, and opportunities for public input in an upcoming CCKT newsletter.

3.  King Township Climate Action Workshop – June 14, 15 and 16. 

Please see the attached invitation to a very relevant workshop being organized by a new citizen initiative titled Climate Action King.  This is not specifically a CCKT initiative, but one in which CCKT has a strong interest in light of dramatic climate change and recent announcements of the forecast rise in temperatures across Canada, overall twice the average forecast globally.  You may have heard of the recent book titled Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, organized by author and environmentalist, Dave Hawken.  Through the pages of Drawdown, Hawken lays out a bold vision to take action in reversing climate change through the dramatic drawdown of global carbon emissions.  The upcoming workshop will introduce the vision of the Drawdown Project and focus on steps and actions in which people everywhere can be involved.  The workshop takes place at the King Municipal Centre.

4.  King Township Draft Official Plan, Our KING.  

Ongoing work continues as many members of CCKT review specific sections of the King Draft OP, Our KING.  We are still awaiting a date to meet with the planning consultant and Township planning staff and anticipate this meeting will take place shortly.  Written comments are being prepared by a number of members and shared with others participating in the review.  We are also planning to prepare a CCKT written submission in addition to many individual comments that are submitted.  We encourage members of CCKT and the public to send in written comments on one or more items of
importance. 

A public meeting to introduce a revised draft of Our KING to King Township Council is scheduled for Thursday, June 27th, at the Municipal Centre.

5.  Together for Ontario Conference – June 8 – Wilfred Laurier University

Environmental Defence in partnership with a considerable number of other Ontario-based organizations (Ontario Nature, Earthroots, Wellington Water Watchers + ) extend an invitation to CCKT, and many, many others to attend a day-long conference in Waterloo at Wilfred Laurier University.  The conference is planned to bring together active “environmental” groups in response to the multiple changes being proposed and implemented by the current Ontario government that are unraveling important provincial legislation and plans which provide protections to the Greenbelt, natural heritage
systems, endangered species, farmland, etc. and seek to address climate change.

Please see the link:  https://act.environmentaldefence.ca/page/42479/event/1

Important Dates.

May 21st (Tuesday) at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:  Facility Review Meeting, King Municipal Centre

May 27th at 6:00 pm:  King Township Council Meeting and C.O.W.

June 8th, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm: Together for Ontario Conference, Wilfred Laurier U.

June 10th at 6:00 pm:  King Township Council Meeting and C.O.W.  Draft Tree By-law

June 14, 15 and 16:  King Township Climate Action Workshop, King Municipal Centre.      

  • Friday, June 14:  7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 15:  9:00 – 11:30 a.m. 
  • Saturday, June 15: 2:00 – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 16: 2:00 – 4:30 pm

June 24th at 6:00 pm:  King Township Council Meeting and C.O.W.

June 27th (Thursday) at 6:00 pm:  Special Council Public Planning Meeting:  Revised Draft of Official Plan, Our KING, presented to King Township Council.

July 1st:   CANADA DAY!