Approved at council May 9: Cycling options on New St, pop-up patios, parking partnerships, older adult tax deferral, Lakeshore Rd work

The following items were approved at committee meetings in April and will come to City Council May 9 6:30pm for final approval. Residents can attend and speak by registering in advance: Register as a delegation:
Pop up patio

  1. Recommendations to make pop-up patios permanent were approved by the Development and Infrastructure Committee April 19. Up to 10 patios will be permitted, from May to October. Each patio takes two parking spaces; the restaurant pays for the lost revenue. To date, two restaurants have applied for this year, both on Brant Street. See article below for more details:

Pilot pop-up patios may be permanent 

  1. The April 19 Development & Infrastructure Committee approved the “as tendered” option for cycling facilities from Martha St to Guelph Ln. That includes a full bike lane on the north side, and sharrows on the south side. One travel lane in each direction and a centre turn lane remain. East of Guelph to Burloak, staff will report back to committee in July with options and costs for cycling infrastructure. A drop-in style Public Information Centre to outline these options is planned for: Tues. May 24, 6pm-9pm, Robert Bateman High School cafeteria, 5151 New St. See article below for more details:

Cycling options on New St- it ain’t over yet

  1. The April 19 Development & Infrastructure Committee approved a report outlining criteria for public-private parking partnerships. The criteria specify when the city might consider partnering with a private developer to add a level of underground public parking in a new commercial or residential development in the downtown. Through such partnerships the city could incrementally add parking supply, and disperse it throughout the downtown, rather than put parking in a single stand alone parking garage. For more details see article below:

Report: Downtown parking sufficient; criteria developed for future partnerships to build more

4. The Bellview rezoning project was approved, consisting of a residential plan of subdivision with five lots and a private roadway at 1167 Bellview Crescent, and approval of rezoning to permit seven detached dwellings. See article below for more details:

Approval of five lots & seven homes at 1167 Bellview recommended

5. The April 19 Development and Infrastructure Committee approved a recommendation from staff to participate in the older adult tax deferral program. The program allows seniors who earn under $44,800 annually to apply for a loan to defer their property taxes. Interest on the loan would be paid by Halton Region; the loan would be repayable upon sale of the home. See article below for more details:

City considers participation in older adults property tax deferral program

  1. The April 19 Development and Infrastructure  approved the award of tender for road work from Maple Ave/Lakeshore Road to New-Alliance Ltd. Features of the road include raising it above the flood proof elevation and adding sidewalks and on-road bike lanes, among other features. The total project cost is $5,370,000, with Halton Region funding  $1,436,000. More details are below:

Lakeshore Road work (Maple Avenue to Skyway Treatment Plant)





Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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