The Corporation of the Township Carling

 M I N U T E S    
REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL
Monday, April 8, 2013
Council Chambers
2 West Carling Bay Rd., Nobel, Ontario

Council Members Present:       

 Mayor:             Gord Harrison
Councillors:     Mike Konoval
                         Susan Murphy
                         Sid Larson

Council Members Absent:  Michael Gordon
      
                   
Staff Present:    Stephen Kaegi - Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk
Maryann Sidon - Deputy Clerk/Planning Assistant
            John Jackson – Planning Consultant

1.  CALL TO ORDER

The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

2.  PUBLIC MEETING

Mayor Harrison called the public meeting to order and read out the purpose and the effect of the by-law as set out below.

THE PURPOSE of the proposed zoning by-law amendment is to include an additional exception to the existing Waterfront Residential 1 Exception – (WF1-16) zoning of Concession 11, Pt Lot 75, municipally known as 6 Banting Lane.

THE EFFECT of the proposed zoning by-law amendment is to permit a 104 square metre floating boatport to be constructed in the front yard, subject to a maximum height of 5.3 metres measured from the dock to the peak of the roof.

The Clerk advised that the notice requirements of the Planning Act had been met and that eleven letters of objection had been received in the municipal office and circulated to Council. The Mayor asked if there was anyone present who wished to address council with respect to the proposed by-law.

Greg Corbett, Planner spoke on behalf of his client Mr. Enns (also in attendance).  Mr. Corbett clarified for Council that Mr. Enns application was submitted prior to Council adopting Official Plan Amendment No. 1, not yet approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and should be heard under the current regulations.

Mr. Corbett pointed out that the current development on the property and the proposed boatport is much less than what’s permitted by the by-law.  The definition of Floor Area in Zoning By-law C500-2011 exempts boathouse/boatports from being included in floor area calculations.

He also pointed out that the proposed by-law referenced a 104 square metre floating boatport, but the correct size is 106.5 square metres and requested that the by-law be amended.

Paul Edwards, neighbour across from the subject property spoke in opposition to the application.  He expressed his concerns that the proposed boatport would project too far into the narrow bay and with the extreme low water block access to the back bay and prohibit navigation.  He felt that the proposed boatport is out of character of the bay and does not conform to the Official Plan policy to preserve natural shoreline and environment.  

Frank Hearn another neighbour across the bay from Mr. Enns spoke in opposition to the proposal.  His main concern was that the proposed boatport would be projecting into navigatable water.  With the potential increase of boat traffic and low water he was concerned about the danger this could cause.  He also felt that if approved it would decrease his enjoyment to the water.

Glen Perschbacher, neighbour located at the end of the bay and most affected by low water levels expressed to Council his concern that the location and projection of the proposed boatport would block his already diminished access.

Councillor Konoval thanked everyone for their comments and recommended that before Council made any decision on the application that they attend the site for an inspection.

Tom Enns spoke to Council to specifically clarify that the proposed floating dock would be allowed with only a building permit and requested that Council explain what criteria they would be basing their decision on.

Mayor Harrison asked Mr. Jackson to provide his comments and he explained that the criteria used when reviewing zoning bylaw amendments is based on impacts (visual, environmental etc.) and whether or not it’s good planning.  He suggested that it might be beneficial to Council for Mr. Enns to demonstrate in the water exactly where the boatport will be located.

Nicky Anderson reminded Council of the number objections that had been received.

A site inspection was set up for May 13th, and will take place before the Council Committee Meeting.

 Mayor Harrison declared the public meeting closed and informed the public that no decision would be made tonight on the by-law.

3.  MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS

    REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL

13-032                        Moved by Councillor Larson                                                                                                                                                   Seconded by Councillor Konoval

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council held on March 11, 2013.

                            Carried.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

13-033                        Moved by Councillor Konoval
                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Committee of the Whole held on March 8, 2013, be approved.

                            Carried.

4.   REPORT OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

13-034                        Moved by Councillor Larson
                            Seconded by Councillor Konoval

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the Reports of the Chief Administrative Officer, as distributed.

                            Carried.

5.   REPORT OF THE COMMITTEES

Councillor Konoval attended a funeral for Peter Davis, a long-time resident of Carling Township.  A service will be held in Carling on June 15th.

Councillor Konoval attended the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) meeting on March 18th at the Carling Recreation Hall.

Councillor Konoval reported that on April 6th he attended the Georgian Bay Annual Spring Meeting which he thought was well attended by Carling Ratepayers.  The topic was low water levels where Tony Clement expressed to attendees that there was no money in the budget to help for business/marina operators.

Mayor Harrison advised Council that there was a meeting scheduled for April 27th at 10am at the Legion in Parry Sound which will be attended by Tony Clement and Norm Miller for residents to express how the low water has affected them.  This meeting will be open to the public.  Mayor Harrison also advised that he would personally call the local business owners to inform them of this meeting.

Councillor Murphy had no report.

Councillor Larson attended a Parry Sound Area Planning Board Meeting.  The Glaenzel application was approved.  He also advised Council that the Board still has an outstanding OMB issue that they are dealing with.

Councillor Larson was also in attendance at the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) meeting on March 18th, as well as the ARC meeting at McDougall school.  He expressed his concerns that the School Boards mandate of moving the 7 & 8’s to the Parry Sound High School may hold the committee back from being successful with their recommendation.

Councillor Larson updated Council on the state of the Ministry of Natural Resources office in Parry Sound and the rumours of its possible closing.  He informed Council that the District Manager took a position in Peterborough and that her position has not yet been filled.  He concluded that the MNR is undergoing a transformation process and no decisions have been made.

Mayor Harrison informed Council on his meeting in Toronto with Andrea Horwath, the NDP leader and their caucus who advised him that she is willing to work with municipalities and would be sending a letter to the Premier. Met with the P.C. caucus and received a positive response and the group was to meet with MNR and staff from the Premiers office later in the evening.
    
Mayor Harrison attended the ARC meeting and informed Council that he and Mayor Robinson will be working together on a presentation to the ARC Committee.

Mayor Harrison advised that Carling Clean-Up Day was scheduled for April 20th and there will be a BBQ at the Carling Recreation Hall at Noon.

Mayor Harrison spoke about his participation in the Harvest Share – Out in the Cold Fundraiser and thanked Council and staff for their support.

Mayor Harrison reminded Council of the upcoming FONOM conference in May.

6.  COUNCIL CORRESPONDENCE

13-035                        Moved by Councillor Konoval
                            Seconded by Councillor Murphy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the March 2013 Council Correspondence listing.

                            Carried.

7.   OTHER BUSINESS

DAY OF THE HONEY BEE

13-036                        Moved by Councillor Murphy
                            Seconded by Councillor Konoval

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Carling Council proclaim May 29th, 2013 as “Day of the Honey Bee”.

                            Carried.

ALEXSON BOATHOUSE

13-037                        Moved by Councillor Konoval
                            Seconded by Councillor Murphy


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Carling Council direct staff to postpone until September the demolition of Adrien Alexson’s boathouse, located on Alves Bay, as per recommendation from the municipal solicitor.

                            Carried.

8.  BY-LAWS

MNR FIRE AGREEMENT

2013-13                        Moved by Councillor Konoval                                                                                                                                                     Seconded by Councillor Murphy

THAT By-law Number 2013-13, being a By-law to authorize the Mayor and CAO to execute a Forest Fire Protection Agreement between the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Township of Carling, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 8th day of April, 2013.

                            Carried.

BY-LAW TO SET TAX RATIOS

2013-14                        Moved by Councillor Konoval                                                                                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Larson

THAT By-law Number 2013-14, being a By-law to Set Tax Ratios for Municipal Purposes for the Year 2013, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 8th day of April, 2013.

                            Carried.

BY-LAW TO ESTABLISH CAPPING PARAMETERS

2013-15                        Moved by Councillor Larson                                                                                                                                                      Seconded by Councillor Murphy

THAT By-law Number 2013-15, being a By-law to establish the capping parameters for the 2013 final
taxes for the commercial and industrial classes, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 8th day
of April, 2013.

                            Carried.

BY-LAW TO SET AND LEVY THE RATES OF TAXATION

2013-16                        Moved by Councillor Konoval                                                                                                                                                     Seconded by Councillor Larson

THAT By-law Number 2013-16, being a By-law to Set and Levy the Rates of Taxation for Municipal
Purposes for the Year 2013, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 8th day of April, 2013.

                            Carried.

ADOPT-A-ROAD POLICY

2013-17                        Moved by Councillor Konoval                                                                                                                                                     Seconded by Councillor Murphy

THAT By-law Number 2013-17, being a By-law to adopt an Adopt-A-Road Policy, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 8th day of April, 2013.

                            Carried.

ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT C507-2013

    Matter deferred.

9.  CONFIRMING BY-LAW

2013-18                        Moved by Councillor Konoval                                                                                              Seconded by Councillor Larson

THAT By-Law Number 2013-18, being a Confirming By-Law, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 8th day of April, 2013.

                            Carried.

10.  ADJOURNMENT

13-038                        Moved by Councillor Murphy
                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Regular Meeting of Council be adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

Carried.

TOWNSHIP OF CARLING

 

_________________                  ____________________________
Gord Harrison, Mayor                    Stephen P. Kaegi, CAO/Clerk

 

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