November 2023 Update

Nov 29, 2023

Warm Greetings to Everyone,

Remembering Gill Watt: Gathering of Friends, and Funeral Service

As many have already received the announcement of Gill’s passing on November 20th, you are very likely aware of the invaluable commitment, quiet wisdom and friendship Gill has given to many within CCKT and beyond for almost 50 years.

We have received the details from Gavin and the Watt family for two events:

  1. Gathering of Friends.
    Friday, December 8, 2023.  4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    King Township Heritage and Cultural Centre,

    2960 King Road, King City, ON*** Please note the change of location.

  2. Funeral Service.
    Saturday, December 9, 2023.  1:00 p.m.
    All Saints Anglican Church,

    12935 Keele Street, King City, ON

Save Mary Lake Project

Over the past three years CCKT has been monitoring the proposed development of a 160-bed Long Term Care facility on the site of the present-day Marylake monastery immediately adjacent to a large kettle lake, Mary Lake, and a Provincially Significant Wetland in a protected area of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.

Through 2023 CCKT has partnered with Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) Coalition in challenging this development application on this specific site.  CCKT and STORM hold that this proposed large-scale development is in contravention of the vision and policies of the Conservation Plan.

On November 14th a large public meeting was held to help the public become well-informed about the many concerns related to the environment and the planning process for this unprecedented project within the protected areas of the Conservation Plan.  CCKT and STORM also invited the public to take action through letters to officials and in contributing donations to cover professional and legal costs.

Please use the link here to visit the CCKT website for videos of the presentations shared on Nov. 14th and information regarding opportunities to take action.

Beneath the Surface of Mary Lake – Special Public Meeting Nov 14, 2023

*** Please note, CCKT and STORM support well-designed Senior residences and Continuum of Care facilities and services within the established settlement areas of King City, Nobleton and Schomberg, facilities that are well-integrated within the communities, close to transit and a variety of community amenities and services.

Provincial Greenbelt Legislation:  ERO Posting No. 019-7739

Environmental Defence Canada invites individuals and citizen organizations (NGOs) to comment on the Environmental Registry of Ontario #019-7739  regarding provincial Greenbelt Legislation.  Please see the link to the Environmental Defence website for further information and/or to sign on to a detailed letter provided by Environmental Defence.

Signing on to the letter will allow you to submit comments on the new Greenbelt Legislation to the ERO and members of the appropriate committee automatically.

Comments are due by November 30th.

New King Township Urban Design Guidelines for the Three Villages

King Township has been updating and expanding the Village Design Guidelines first drafted and approved in 2008 to address design and defining character features in the core areas of King City, Nobleton and Schomberg.  Guidelines for employment areas were also included.  In the current update “Established Neighbourhoods” have been added with the stated principle of maintaining and enhancing the individual character of established neighbourhoods.

A report by Planning Staff will be coming to Council on December 11th with the final updated draft of the Urban Design Guidelines.  The staff report to accompany the draft Guidelines will be available by the close of the day on December 6th.  King Council will receive comments from the public on Dec. 11th and will give consideration to approval of the draft Guidelines.

Opportunity to Assist! 
Would you be interested in collaborating with two or three other CCKT members in a brief review of the final draft of the Guidelines and contribute to a written submission on behalf of CCKT.  This invitation goes out to all CCKT members.  Please contact Bruce Craig if you are interested in assisting with this review.   

Individuals are also welcome to review the draft Guidelines and submit individual comments to the Township Clerk by noon on Dec. 11th.

Click here for the link to view the Urban Design Guidelines.

Nobleton Community Hall (Women’s Institute)

As many may have heard the Township is planning to remove the heritage designation on the Nobleton Community Hall.  A petition started by Nobleton resident and CCKT member Nancy Hopkinson has been organized to maintain the heritage designation and to conserve this historic building.

Here is the link to “Save the Nobleton Community Hall + Keep its Heritage Designation”

In Closing

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing interest and active support for CCKT and the pressing issues of this current time.  We are also grateful for partnerships with a number of other citizen organizations:  Environmental Defence Canada, Climate Action King (CAK), Kingscross Ratepayers Association (KRA), Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust (ORMLT),Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition, Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition and others.


Bruce Craig, Chair, on behalf of the whole CCKT Board:
Tom Butt, Bruce Craig, Fred Jessop, Lee Ann Kraft, Geoff Simpson, Cathy Wellesley.

You are welcome to contact the CCKT Board through the CCKT website or through regular mail.


Mailing address is:  Box  875, King City, Ontario, L7B 1A9