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Mayor Don’s Update 

COVID-19 Updates

  1. Second Booster Dose Eligibility

The Ontario government has expanded eligibility for second booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals aged 18 and over in order to provide an extra layer of protection to those who may need it. Second booster doses are being offered at an interval of five months after an individual receives their first booster dose. Eligible individuals are able to book their second booster dose appointment through the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal at covid19.ontariohealth.ca, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, or through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, select pharmacies, and primary care settings.

  1. Free Rapid Antigen Tests

The Ontario government will also continue to provide free rapid antigen tests to the general public through existing channels like grocery stores and pharmacies, as well as to workplaces, schools, hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes and other congregate settings until December 31, 2022.

Midhurst Heights Subdivision Agreement

At its meeting on July 6, Council authorized the execution of the Stage One Subdivision Agreement related to the Midhurst Heights Subdivision Phase 1A/1B. Phase 1A and 1B include 285 of the 1,440 residential units planned for the entire subdivision. Over the last several months, the developer has been working to meet the engineering requirements necessary to warrant the execution of Stage One. These conditions of approval have now been met to the general satisfaction of the Township’s engineering consultant and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority. The Stage One Subdivision Agreement allows the developer to initiate site works and site preparation (grading works) of the development lands. Further works required on this development (site servicing, etc.) will require further authorization from Council as well as the execution of an External Servicing Agreement for offsite infrastructure and Environmental Compliance Approval from the Ministry of the Environment.

Fierte Simcoe Pride (July 25 to August 7)

During Fierté Simcoe Pride, Springwater will raise the Intersex Progress Pride flag to celebrate diversity, promote equality, and honour the lives and contributions of people of all gender and sexual diversities throughout the County. All are welcome to join us for the flag raising ceremony, which will take place at the Township Administration Centre on July 27 at 10:30 a.m. This year marks the eleventh annual Fierté Simcoe Pride, and its purpose to create a safe and inclusive Simcoe County. The 2022 theme, “Progress and Pride”, highlights the progress and acceptance of our community, but also recognizes that the 2SLGBTQIA+ community stands together in the wake of social injustices.

The Intersex Progress Pride flag is a new design created in 2021 to represent intersex people, community and rights. It adds to Gilbert Baker’s 1978 Pride flag, Daniel Quasar’s 2018 Progress Pride flag, and Morgan Carpenter’s 2013 Intersex flag.

Update on Wilson Drive Closure

The Township is currently working with the County of Simcoe to address the emergency closure of Wilson Drive (County Road 53). The anticipated date for reopening the road is August 3, 2022. For now, Wilson Drive remains closed from Snow Valley Road to the Highway 26 intersection, with detours in place.

The latest updates regarding local road closures can be found on the Township’s website at springwater.ca/ConstructionAndClosures.

Springwater Farmers’ Market – Elmvale

The Township, in partnership with the Elmvale BIA, is pleased to host the Springwater Farmers’ Market – Elmvale every Friday in the municipal parking lot at 33 Queen Street West. Be sure to stop in weekly between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for in-season produce, crafts, gifts and baked goods from local producers across Simcoe County.

Simcoe County Tourism Development Survey

The County of Simcoe is working with its member municipalities, residents, tourism operators, and stakeholders to create a Destination Development Action Plan focused on promoting Simcoe County as a first-class travel destination. This Plan will steer the County of Simcoe’s tourism role and responsibilities for the next three to five years. Over the course of the project, several research and engagement activities will be conducted by the County’s consultant to help identify and set the direction for Tourism Simcoe County’s future work as a destination steward. At this time, residents and interested stakeholders can get involved by completing the online survey at surveymonkey.com/r/TSC-IndustryResidentSurvey.

South Springwater Firefighters Association Golf Tournament

The South Springwater Firefighters Association will be hosting its annual fundraising golf tournament on August 13, 2022 to raise money for local charities. Join them at Springwater Golf Course (1481 Golf Course Road) at noon for 18 holes, lunch and a buffet dinner. Tickets can be purchased for $125 per person from anyone in the association. For further information, please contact Sarah Darby at sarahddarby@gmail.com.

Continue to have a good summer and stay safe.

 

Springwater Township

Council Meeting Highlights: July 6, 2022

Next Council Meeting: August 3, 2022

 

Public Meeting – 1060 Flos Road 8 East

A Public Meeting was held regarding an Official Plan Amendment and a Zoning Bylaw Amendment related to the Elmvale Home Building Centre at 121 Yonge Street South. The proposed amendments involve the necessary permissions for the Home Building Centre to expand its operations to the north and onto a portion of the adjacent farm parcel located at 1060 Flos Road 8 East. Following the Public Meeting, the application was referred to staff for a further report.

Barrie North Winter Tennis Agreement

In a delegation to Council, John Wellar of Barrie North Winter Tennis (BNWT) requested Council’s approval to extend the agreement allowing BNWT to operate at the Doran Park Tennis Facility from October 1 to April 30 each year. Mr. Wellar also ought Council’s permission to proceed with a planned expansion/renovation to the BNWT Clubhouse, which may include the relocation and replacement of the existing septic system.

Following the delegation, Council authorized staff to negotiate a lease extension with BNWT and purchase the Clubhouse for $1.00 per the terms of the previous lease agreement. As part of the new lease agreement, the Township wants BNWT to cover 100% of the cost of the Clubhouse’s extension and rehabilitation as well as the rehabilitation/replacement of the septic system.

Redline Application for Heritage Village and Sarjeant Properties

Matthew Cory and Kathy Di Silvestro of Malone Given Parsons Ltd. provided Council with information on an upcoming redline application for the Heritage Village and Sarjeant properties in Hillsdale. A redline application allows both the developer and the Township to mark up and propose changes to the development application. The developer’s proposed redline changes would provide for an additional 116 residential lots as well as a greater mix of single detached units on the Sarjeant lands (Phase 2). The increased density is being sought as a result of the developer finding efficiencies by consolidating the wastewater treatment facility on the Heritage Village lands (Phase 1).

Retrofit of Council Chambers

Council approved a quotation from Michael Enterprise Audio & Visual in the amount of $23,052.50 to retrofit the Council Chambers to accommodate hybrid meetings. Hybrid meetings would allow members of Council, staff, delegates and the public to participate from within the Council Chambers or a remote location while ensuring fair and equitable representation, and the integrity of the meeting for all involved. The project will be funded through the Township’s COVID-19 Safe Restart Funding.

MZO Private Request Protocol

The Township has implemented a new standardized protocol that will assist Council’s consideration of private requests for political support of Ministerial Zoning Orders (MZOs). The protocol outlines the basic information, fee and public consultation process necessary for such requests to be considered by Council moving forward.

Site Plan Approval – 315050 Ontario Inc.

Council authorized the execution of a Site Plan Agreement for the property at 74 Yonge Street South. The agreement will permit the construction of a one-storey, 620 square metre building containing four units for restaurants/eating establishments and service commercial uses.

Site Plan Approval – Global Simcoe Paving

The Mayor and Clerk were authorized to execute a Site Plan Agreement to permit the construction of an industrial building on the site known as 15 Bertram Industrial Parkway. The building will consist of office space, storage and parking for heavy machinery associated with Global Simcoe Paving.

Midhurst Heights Subdivision Agreement

Council authorized the execution of the Stage One Subdivision Agreement related to the Midhurst Heights Subdivision. The Stage One Subdivision Agreement allows for site works and site preparations to commence. The Midhurst Heights Subdivision is planned to consist of 1,440 residential units and is located in Neighbourhood 2 of the Midhurst Secondary Plan, on the eastern side of Bayfield Street.

This summary is not a full representation of the meeting. For the official record, please refer to the minutes in the next Council Agenda. Past Council Meetings are available for viewing on the Township’s YouTube channel.

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Doug Downey MPP Barrie Springwater Oro-Medonte

Ontario Cutting the Gas Tax to Provide Relief at the Pumps

Over the past few months, the price of gas and the cost of living have skyrocketed within our communities. These rising cost directly affect the families in our community, the commuters, and those who must travel for work. Being able to afford to get to and from jobs, shops, or simply driving to visit family is an important issue for many Ontarians.

As part of the government’s plan to keep costs down for Ontario families and businesses, the government is providing relief at the pumps by cutting the gas tax 5.7 cents per litre, and the fuel tax by 5.3 cents per litre for six months, beginning on July 1, 2022.

Vehicle owners in our riding will see significant direct savings from the gas tax cut and from the elimination and refunding of licence plate renewal fees within households benefitting from an average combined savings of about $465 in 2022.

Effective July 1 until December 31, 2022, the gas tax rate will be cut from 14.7 cents per litre to 9 cents per litre, representing a cut of 5.7 cents per litre. The fuel tax rate, which applies to diesel, will be reduced from 14.3 cents per litre to 9 cents per litre, representing a cut of 5.3 cents per litre. When combined with the 4.3 cents per litre savings from the elimination of the previous government’s cap and trade carbon tax, the reduction in provincial taxes and charges on gas totals 10 cents per litre.

Cutting gas and fuel taxes is part of the government’s broader plan to provide immediate cost-of-living relief, including:

  • Cutting costs for millions of Ontario vehicle owners by refunding licence plate sticker renewal fees paid since March 2020, and eliminating licence plate renewal fees and plate stickers on a go-forward basis, saving vehicle owners $120 a year in southern Ontario and $60 a year in Northern Ontario for passenger and light commercial vehicles.
  • Permanently removing tolls on Highways 412 and 418.
  • Providing tax relief for workers, families and seniors through the Low-Income Workers Tax Credit, the Seniors’ Home Safety Tax Credit, the Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit and the Ontario Child Care Tax Credit.
  • Implementing the new Canada‐wide Early Learning and Child Care System, which will enable Ontario to achieve an average of $10‐a‐day child care by September 2025.

To further help families and businesses, the Ontario government continues to encourage the federal government to work with the province by reducing the cost of the carbon tax, which increased to 11.05 cents per litre on gasoline and 13.41 cents per litre on diesel on April 1, 2022.

 

Update From Doug Shipley MP

I am always amazed at how fast the summer months go by. There is so much to do in the summer in our community and only so much time to get out and enjoy it. If your idea of the perfect day includes relaxing, being active, or something in between, there is certainly something for everyone. This summer, I am looking forward to checking out local vendors at the Springwater Farmers’ Market and listening to some live music at Music in the Park in Elmvale. In addition to attending local events, I appreciate spending time outdoors with my family and exploring the many scenic trails in our community with our dog, Ollie.

If you are out and about in the community this summer, I would love for you to snap a photo or two and send them to me to be included in my 2023 calendar. I would like to include more photos of the riding and would love to see it from your point of view. If you draw, paint, sculpt or create other forms of visual art, I ask you to submit photos of any pieces that showcase summer in BSOM.

Please submit your favourite pieces by email to doug.shipley@parl.gc.ca, or to my constituency office at:

48 Alliance Blvd.

Unit 104

Barrie, ON L4M5K3

I look forward to seeing all the fun ways you are spending your summer!

As always, my staff and I are available to discuss any federal matters that are of concern to you and your family. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

Sincerely,

Doug Shipley

Member of Parliament

Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte

 

Midland Council Approves Developer For Midland Bay Landing Redevelopment

Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation (MBLDC) and the Town of Midland are very excited to announce that Town Council has approved a developer for the Midland Bay Landing waterfront redevelopment.

Council selected the developer at a Special Meeting of Council on July 4 following evaluation of proposals submitted by 3 short-listed developers and oversight by an independent Fairness Monitor who was engaged throughout the whole RFPQ/RFP process.

The selected developer is Georgian Communities Inc., headquartered in Barrie who have successful developments in their final phases in the Simcoe area including Braestone Estates in Horseshoe Valley, Mountain House at Blue, and Windfall at Blue in Collingwood. Working in tandem with Georgian is architecture firm, IBI Group, who bring extensive experience in waterfront redevelopment projects across North America.

Georgian Communities’ concept for Midland Bay Landing creatively builds on and enriches the current Master Plan which was developed through extensive public engagement with residents. The vision depicted in their concept drawings will act as a starting point for further refinement of the design with additional public consultation as the design evolves over time.

The Town and MBLDC will execute a Letter of Intent with Georgian that will start a 120- day Exclusivity Period when the developer, the Town, and MBLDC will collaborate on refining the design concept for the Phase 1 lands at the east side of the property which is planned for public realm space and low-rise townhomes. Then, the developer will purchase the Phase 1 lands from the Town, excluding the retained Town-owned public realm property.

Financially, Georgian’s proposal pays the Town a purchase price in Phase 1 that exceeds the original acquisition cost of the Unimin property. In addition, Georgian will construct the promenade and park space in Phase 1, a signature feature of the redevelopment, at no cost to the Town, further enhancing the Town’s return on investment.

Tax revenue from the townhomes in Phase 1 will expand the current tax base for the Town, act as a catalyst for rejuvenating and rehabilitating Midland, and generate market interest in the further development of Phase 2 that will include shops, live-work spaces, and more new promenade, parks, and public plaza.

Upon successful completion of Phase 1, Georgian will have an Option to Purchase the Phase 2 lands for redevelopment further increasing the Town’s return on its investment on its original purchase combined with providing more new public realm space, at no cost to the Town.

Council’s approval of the redevelopment of the Midland Bay Landing site will transform the Town’s waterfront from former industrial uses into a vibrant mixed-use community which is an enormous step towards creating a bright and prosperous future for the Town of Midland and the surrounding region.

Chair Kernohan said that “The Board of MBLDC is very pleased with the results of the fair and transparent selection process that was conducted by N. Barry Lyon Consultants. We would like to thank them for their expertise and advice throughout the RFP process. Now we look forward to working collaboratively with the Town of Midland and the selected developer during the next stages of this exciting transformation project.”

“It took many years of work and public engagement by multiple Town Councils to get the project to this stage,” said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “We are pleased that this proposal provides so many important benefits to our entire community, and we look forward to working with Georgian and our residents to bring this exciting project to Midland.”

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