Nobleton

Dec 19, 2010

 

Nobleton is located in the southwest corner of King Township. The community of 3,500 people is located between the Greenbelt and the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Our largest annual community event is held on Victoria Day, the May long weekend. Celebrations begin with the Lion’s Club parade starting at noon, continue with community activities at the Nobleton Community Sports Park all afternoon, cumulating with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk by the Nobleton Firefighters.

Nobleton is a active community with many community groups and local events. Nobleton is home to the Nobleton and District Horticultural Society, the Nobleton Lion’s Club, Nobleton Girl Guides, Knights of Columbus, Nobleton Alert and various sports groups. Hockey, soccer baseball and figure skating all have organized clubs and local facilities. Nobleton has a number of churches including St. Alban’s Anglican Church, St. Paul’s Presbyterian, St. Mary’s and Nobleton United Church.

The biggest issue in Nobleton is the Nobleton sewer project. A local treatment plant has been built to service our projected population of 6,150 to 2016. The project has been ongoing since 1997 and it is evident that many people are frustrated either because of the lack of action, the potential costs, or the idea of paying for a service they feel they don’t need.

On September 21, 2009 Council voted to move forward with the construction of the collection system for the areas in the 2 year travel zone in the source water protection area. In April 2010, Council voted 4-3 in favour of a mandatory connection bylaw requiring all homeowners to connect and pay for the sewers in the phase one area. Construction of phase one was to begin in the summer of 2010. The Township applied to the OMB to increase its debt limit to debenture the project until payment is received by property owners. In September 2010, the OMB ruled the Township of King is allowed to increase their debt by a sum not exceeding the lesser of $22.5 Million or the net cost of such undertaking for a term not exceeding 15 years. The collection costs were estimated in 2010 to be $18,790 per lot not including individual lot connection costs and plumbing upgrades to basements.

Until 2012, residents located within the 2 year travel time zone of our town wells can apply for funding under the drinking water source water protection program run by the Ministry of the Environment. To learn more about this program visit http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/water/cleanwater/index.php. The Township had the opportunity to apply for infrastructure funding under the federal government programs to bring the cost of the connection per resident down in cost. Current estimates are $18,970 per lot. No funding has been granted for this project however federal infrastructure funding was provided for a new curling rink in Schomberg.

Servicing for the new subdivisions, by Metrus (formerly Slokker)- northeast, Dawsco (south of Slokker), and Baldessara ( southwest) will add approximately 1004 new homes or 2,900 more people to our town of 3,500. Interesting, according to the Nobleton Community Plan approved in 2004, the planned population will grow to between 6,150 and 6,500 to 2016. Will the plans save our community from unplanned growth or will the additional sewer capacity spur higher population growth than planned? Stay tuned…. For your reference many of the Community Plan documents are available online at http://www.king.ca/public/documents.cfm?department=6#Planning