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Coming Up: Dec 3

Coming Up: Dec 3

Council meets Monday night at 6:30. The agenda includes approval of the 2019 budget, land for a potential Catholic School Board bus maintenance facility, updates to sign bylaws, and a loan for a new Elders Caring Shelter.

Following is more information and my take on agenda items. One matter I am very unsure of: a proposal to increase the allowable size of billboards. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Day 3 of Budget Deliberations

Day 3 of Budget Deliberations

Yesterday Council completed budget deliberations.

I am very excited about the budget as it stands right now. It increases investment in policing, roads, and accessibility. It funds next steps at the Leisure Centre and for Hillside Renewal. At the same time, it incorporates a tax decrease.

I’ll be making a shorter post on my blog with the most important highlights later today. Following is a detailed report on Day 3 of our deliberations.

Day 2 of Budget Deliberations

Day 2 of Budget Deliberations

Today, Council had its second day of budget deliberations.

At the end of yesterday, management was tasked with finding additional savings in the proposed budget. They worked late into the night to do that. I was thankful for their work- it set us up well to have great discussion today.

I’m happy to report that my goals going into the budget are currently all accomplished (although Council may still make changes)…

Update: May 22 Cannabis Debate

Update: May 22 Cannabis Debate

On Tuesday, Council had a long and lively debate about cannabis. If you care to watch it, the video is posted here. While I was disappointed in a few vote outcomes, I appreciated the thought and discussion that went into each of them them.

The most notable changes Council discussed:

  • The Retail Overlay map was deleted.

  • Cannabis Retail Stores added as Discretionary Use in Commercial Districts. Approval for each location requires public advertisement, and the assent of Council's Infrastructure & Protective Services Committee.

  • A maximum of 10 Cannabis Retail Stores allowed in the first year of legalization

  • Reduction of the business license fee for Cannabis Retail Locations from $5000 to $2500.

  • Separation distances between some community facilities and where consumption is allowed increased from 10m to 30m. [this final change was passed and will not be debated further on June 18]