September Council News

Council News and Hilights
1. Council Resumes September 8th
After a summer recess, regular council meetings commenced on September 8th with a Committee of the Whole meeting. Please feel welcome to attend a meeting or watch it live streamed at At this web address you can also find agendas and reports for upcoming or past meetings, and archived audio and video from past meetings. In case there is a Blue Jays game conflicting with a live streamed council meeting, and you would prefer to watch the Jays, the council meetings are archived at the same web address so you won’t miss a moment of the action (of course I am speaking about the Blue Jays action! – Go Jays Go!!!!!!).
2. Getting Dunked for the Hospital
I was recently invited to be a participant in the “dunk tank” at Mackenzie Health Hospital’s staff BBQ hosted by the Hospital Foundation and in honour of all the excellent employees of the hospital. The good news is that money was raised for the Hospital from the the dunk tank activities, and the water was warm! I continue to be a big supporter of our local hospital. Mackenzie Health Richmond Hill is a really important part of our community and our ward!
Taking a Dunk for Mackenzie Health Richmond Hill Hospital
3. Raising a Flag for Terry Fox
Earlier this month council proclaimed September 20th Terry Fox Day in Richmond Hill. This year also marks the 35th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope. On Friday September 18th we raised a flag in honour of Terry Fox and all that he has done for Cancer Research in our country and around the world.
Members of Council and Fire and Emergency Services Personnel, as well as Oak Ridges Terry Fox Run organizer Glemena Bettencourt were on hand for the flag raising.
4. York Region Growth Plan
Council was presented with an update on the York Region Growth Plan at Council last week. The presentation by Region of York staff outlined some of the general plans for growth that were expected in the Region as a whole. Myself and other councillors expressed a concern that we need to further encourage the higher levels of government to speed up the process of investing in transportation infrastructure if we are to accommodate this projected growth. We are growing as a Region, but it is clear to me that increases in traffic congestion are significantly outpacing this growth. A good report regarding this issue can be found at 
5. Council Donates $50,000 to Richmond Hill Mobility Accessibility Foundation
Council approved a grant request for $50,000 for the Richmond Hill Mobility Accessibility Foundation for the purposes of mobility initiatives within Richmond Hill. The grant is funded from the Disabled Parking Reserve which was established in December 2004. The Reserve is funded from 50 per cent of the revenue from disabled parking offenses. The grant will be used to support recreation programs for persons with a disability, a fundraising program assistant and to provide assistive devices to help improve quality of life, such as wheelchairs, walkers and bathroom equipment. The Richmond Hill Mobility Accessibility Foundation is a registered charity with a mandate to fund equipment to assist Richmond Hill residents with daily living.
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Residents’ Meeting – Development Application at 
44, 48, 54 and 60 Arnold Crescent
I will be hosting a Residents’ Meeting regarding the development application on Arnold Crescent on Monday September 28th from 7-9PM in the Plaza Suite at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts at 10268 Yonge St in Richmond Hill.
All interested members of the public are invited, and especially residents living in the area. The applicant will be in attendance to describe the proposal in detail, answer any questions, and listen to any input that the public may have about the application. Our Town Planning Staff will also be in attendance to listen to comments made by the public. These comments, and all comments received by staff and myself, before this meeting will be considered as we progress from the application stage. The next step in this process will be a formal Council Public Meeting in the Council Chambers where the public will again be invited to present their views to the full council. The public is also welcome, at any time, to email their comments to myself, ([email protected]), and also to our staff planner on this file, Shelly Cham ([email protected]).
As the application stands at the moment, the developer, Laurier Homes (Richmond Hill) Inc. is proposing to build 4 Single detached homes fronting onto Arnold and 37 Townhouses in 7 blocks to the south of the single family homes. This application includes approximately 120 parking spaces and a private road into the townhouse part of the development. It is important to note that at this point in the process the application represents a proposal from the developer it has not been granted any approvals.
I have received calls and emails about this application from many residents thus far and I look forward to listening to more comments from the public at this meeting. As I have said in past newsletter articles, the goal of the process for this, and any other development application, is to work toward a development that “fits” well into the neighbourhood today and in the future. There are many facets and perspectives to consider regarding an application such as this. It is really important that our staff planner and myself receive a range of comments from residents in order for this goal to be achieved. I would encourage you to come out to this meeting and let us know your thoughts.
Finally, a Council Public Meeting has also been announced for this application. It will be Wednesday November 4th at 7:30. This meeting will be an opportunity for residents to make their views known to the entire Council. It will be held in the Council Chambers on the first floor of the Town Building at 225 East Beaver Creek Road. Watch this newsletter and the Town pages of the Liberal Newspaper for more details as they become available.