C&CS Feb16: Council remuneration; grass sport fields rates & fees; public art projects; 374 Martha St; OPA/Rezoning for 4853 Thomas Alton Blvd
The following items will be discussed at the Community & Corporate Services Committee Feb. 16, 1 pm & 6:30 pm, at City Hall.
- Remuneration and expenses paid to Council and appointees for 2015. Increase of .98% for 2016
- Changes to grass sport fields rates and fees.
- $140,000 for Public Art Program projects for 2016 – 2017
- Update on the development applications for 374 Martha Street. (See article elsewhere in this newsletter)
- Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications for 4853 Thomas Alton Boulevard, to permit a redevelopment of 691 units, increasing density from 185 to 343 units, height from 10 to 19 storeys, and allowing townhouses in an apartment zone.
These items are discussed in more details below. A full agenda listing is below.
C&CS includes all members of council. Recommendations from this meeting go to City Council for a final vote Mon. Feb. 29, 6:30pm at City Hall. Residents can Register as a Delegation to speak at both of these meetings.
Complete agendas and minutes for previous and upcoming committee and council meetings, including webcasts, are available on the city’s Agendas and Minutes page.
Remuneration & expenses for Council & appointees:
The municipality is required to report each year on the earnings of council members, plus their expenditures. Remuneration for citizen appointees to local boards must also be reported.
In 2015, each Councillor had a budget of $9,000 to cover expenditures such as meetings, printing, mileage, newsletters, postage, professional development, telephones and advertising. The Mayor had a budget of $26,535 to cover similar expenditures to those listed above, excluding the costs of leasing a vehicle for business use.
See chart including all councillors: Council & Appointee Remuneration
This chart also includes remuneration paid to the citizen appointees on the Committee of Adjustment, which makes decisions on variance applications.
My Take: As your Ward 2 councillor, I earned $68,911 in salary and benefits include amounts paid for base salary, OMERS, Standard Life, EHT, CPP. I do not have a parking spot at City Hall so am not charged for the parking taxable benefit. My expenses were $8,465. Council members also receive a stipend from Halton Region. That is reported separately.
Council remuneration for 2016:
Council has the option to increase salaries up to 0.98% on the City portion of their salaries. If the full amount is implemented effective April 1, 2016, the city portion will be adjusted as follows:
• Councilor salary: from $53,785 to $54,312
• Mayor salary: from $123,257 to $124,465
The Region of Halton formula averages the Ontario Consumer Price Index and the Toronto CPI figures. The Regional adjustment took effect Jan. 1, 2016 at 1.65%, resulting in a salary of $48,060.
The formula for adjustments to council salaries requires that they must be equal to the average annual change in the “All Goods” Ontario consumer price index (CPI) for the twelve month period October to September with following provisions:
- Any increase cannot exceed 65% of the calculated Ontario CPI percentage;
No increase can be granted in the event the calculated Ontario CPI amount is less than 1%;
Any increase cannot be greater than the increase determined for budget purposes for non-union staff compensation;
When no increase is taken in a year, the amount cannot be carried over and aggregated in future years (i.e. no carry-over of forfeited increases from any year to another);
Overall Council may adjust the calculated increase to a lesser amount than that determined while meeting the provisions stated.
My Take: I support the increase as reasonable and prudent, based on sound rationale and formula.
Changes to grass sport fields rates and fees.
Staff had proposed to re-classify the grass playfields from a two-tier system: primary and secondary to a three-tier system; Class A, B and C. Staff also proposed to align the categorization of our customers similar to other facilities: adult (not-for-profit), youth, non-resident and commercial. Based on comments at Committee and Council and in conversation with playfield organizations staff is proposing to stay status quo in 2016 with a two-tier classification system and stay status quo with the categorization of customers: youth and adult only, until a playfield service standards review is completed.
Reverting back to the 2015 pricing structure gives the customer a year’s notice of the forthcoming change for commercial and non-resident groups.
For this year, in order to close the gap between adult and youth rates, and move towards the youth organizations receiving a 20% subsidy compared to adults, (the gap between adult and youth rates is currently 53%) as well as start the contribution to the capital reserve surcharge, staff is proposing to
- increase the youth rate by 2%
- reduce the reduce the adult base rate by 5%
- shift the base rate reduction from adults to be a 5% contribution to the capital reserve surcharge.
This approach will close the gap between youth and adult base fees by 7%, and start the contribution to the capital reserve surcharge fund with negligible impact to the net operating budget. If approved, the change will take effect March 1. In the event that a not-for-profit organization requires financial assistance, the Parks and Recreation department has the community investment fund which could assist with transitioning to the proposed fee structure.
My Take: I support the overall goal to reduce the youth subsidy and set money aside for capital renewal, as well as keeping 2015 rates roughly the same. This delays any potentially significant increase until after the playfield service standards review is completed, as requested by the public, and allows sports groups time to set budgets and alert their members in time for an increase adjustment in 2016.
Public Art Program projects for 2016 – 2017
The following Public Art Program expenditures are proposed for 2016-2017. Expenditures come from the Public Art Reserve Fund established exclusively for public art purposes. As of Dec. 31, there was an uncommitted balance of $684,000 in the reserve fund:
- $75,000 to support the commissioning of public artworks for “cultural nodes” such as parks, trails and other public areas, through consultation with the public and other stakeholders. In Phase 1, the selected artist will work with City staff and key stakeholders to implement at least three art-based community outreach activities, and associated temporary artworks. Based on the recommendations from the community consultation, a permanent public artwork will be commissioned for a cultural node. The Cultural Action Plan notes the following locations as primary areas of focus for cultural nodes: Lowville, Alton, Burloak and Brant Hills (neighbourhood and community identity building); Downtown and waterfront (building on recommendations in the Core Commitment and Downtown Vision and Action Plan). The artwork would be installed by October/November 2017.
- $35,000 to support the commissioning of two murals for 2016 as part of the Burlington Mural Program, featuring local artists in the following proposed locations: Downtown Parking Garage, Tansley Woods. The program will continue its focus on professional development by offering: free workshops (open to all local artists), application assistance / portfolio review, one-on-one mentorship of selected artists. It is proposed that the Burlington Mural Project becomes an annual program that commissions 2-3 murals per year. The mural installation would take place in Sept/Oct 2016.
- $30,000 to support the commissioning of public artworks for park entrances. There are currently 21 parks and pathways listed in the Public Art Master Plan as potential sites for public art that do not have current or planned public art projects. This list will be a starting point to engage in public consultation to select the sites for Year One of the program. The program will also provide professional development opportunities in a variety of formats: workshops, application assistance / portfolio review, online resources, etc. The artists selected for a commission will be paired with experienced fabricators to assist with project development. Two artists will be commissioned in Year 1 of the program and it is proposed that this program recurs annually with 1-2 sculptures being installed per year. The first sculpture would be installed by June 2017.
My Take: I’m pleased to see a focus on developing local artists, and getting resident input into locations. I look forward to seeing more art in the downtown, and around the city. The reserve fund was established to create public art; let’s use it to beautify our community, support our local artists, and get residents talking about and involved in art.
Update on the development applications for 374 Martha Street.
See article here: ADI revises application to 26 storeys; OMB hearing March 14
Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications for 4853 Thomas Alton Boulevard.
ADI Development Group has applied for Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendments to permit a redevelopment at 4853 Thomas Alton Boulevard (between Thomas Alton Boulevard and Palladium Way, east of Appleby Line) of 691 units, consisting of consisting of 12 back-to-back townhouse units, 21 (traditional) townhouse units, 160 stacked townhouse units, and 498 apartment units. The proposal includes two (2) 19 storey apartment towers connected by a 5 storey podium at grade, located at the northeast corner of the site. The proposal also includes 4 levels of underground parking.
The subject property is designated Residential – High Density. The general policies for this designation permit a range of building forms including street townhouses and stacked townhouses, back to back townhouses, attached housing and apartments (ground or non-ground oriented housing units) with a density ranging between 51 and 185 units per net hectare (uph). Additionally, residential – high density development within the Alton Community is subject to a site-specific policy which limits apartments to a maximum height of 10 storeys.
The Official Plan Amendment requests an increase in the maximum permitted density (from 185 to 343 uph) and height (from 10 to 19 storeys).
The site specific Zoning for this area limits the built form permitted on the subject property to apartment buildings, with a density range from 100-185 units per net hectare, and a height range from 4 to 10 storeys. The Zoning By-law Amendment seeks to expand the permitted building forms to include varying low-rise, townhouse forms and high-rise apartment buildings, increase the maximum allowable density and floor area, and introduce site-specific performance standards for each of the proposed building forms (e.g. reduced amenity area, parking, and yard requirements).
To read supporting documents from the applicant, as well as the staff presentation and applicant presentation from the Dec. 1 public meeting, visit the city’s webpage for this project here:
4853 Thomas Alton Boulevard
My Take: I share the community’s concerns about the significant increase in density and height, in terms of compatibility, aesthetics and privacy impacts on adjacent properties. I look forward to hearing more from the community, and the applicant’s rationale, at the public meeting. We know from other projects that intensification doesn’t mean “anything goes.” Projects must meet the tests of good planning and community compatibility, among other criteria.
- Report providing the City’s financial status as at December 31, 2015. (F-04-16)
Pages 1 to 16
- Report providing information on remuneration and expenses paid to Council and appointees for 2015. (F-06-16)
Pages 17 to 20
- Report recommending approval of the 2016 grass sport fields rates and fees. (PR-02-16)
Pages 21 to 26
- Report recommending approval of Public Art Program projects for 2016 – 2017. (CM-02-16)
Pages 27 to 38
- Report regarding Mayor and Council remuneration. (HR-01-16) Pages 39 to 42
- Memorandum from Councillor Dennison regarding the naming of off-road multi-use paths.(CCS-02-16)
Pages 43 to 44
- Report providing an update on the development applications for 374 Martha Street. (PB-34-16)
Statutory public meeting and information report regarding the Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications for 4853 Thomas Alton Boulevard. (PB-27-16)
Note: this item will be discussed at 6:30 p.m.
- Confidential legal department report regarding the Ontario Municipal Board Hearing for 374 Martha Street. (L-05-16)
Pages C1 to C8
- Confidential verbal update regarding a Fire Labour Relations Matter