Closed meeting minutes – The minutes of the closed Council meeting regarding a site alteration application in Amaranth by Amarlinc resulted in a resolution by Council. Amarlinc Earthworks Inc. is proposing to use its property at 513151 2nd Line in the Township of Amaranth (Township) for an earthworks fill operation that would result in approximately 800,000 cubic metres of fill from construction sites in the Greater Toronto Area being used to fill in the aggregate pit located on the property.

Credit Valley Conservation’s Source Protection Plan identifies the property as being in both (1) a Significant Groundwater Quantity Threat Area and (2) a Significant Groundwater Quality Threat Area (Wellhead Protection Area of Quantity and Quality) associated with several Orangeville municipal wells that provide drinking water to Town residents.

Council voted to request that the Township of Amaranth reject the application submitted by Amarlinc Earthworks Inc. under its Site Alteration By-law, and that Amaranth respond to the Town’s request within 14 days.

Delegation from Rolling Hills Oak Ridges Traffic Committee – Tracey Newman and Sarah McInnes of the Rolling Hills Oak Ridges Traffic Committee provided an overview of the reasons they support a stop sign at the intersection of Rolling Hills and Oak Ridges, including safety and increased driver awareness.

Zoning By-law Amendment – 200 Elizabeth Street – Council received a report from staff regarding the application. Comments and questions were expressed at the public meeting held on April 19 which required further exploration as part of the application review process, as well as staff responses.

Concerns regarding the appropriateness of the dwelling type and number of units, the two-storey height, additional cars and vehicular traffic, and stormwater management were all addressed. The height of the development has been adjusted by the applicant. Council’s request that the applicant consider revising the parking layout such that the barrier-free parking space be relocated to the west side of the entrance to the convenience store was not possible. Council approved the zoning by-law amendment for 200 Elizabeth Street to Neighbourhood Commercial (C2) Zone, Special Provision 24.226, with Holding (H) Symbol” to permit one live-work dwelling unit and three semi-detached dwelling units.

Demolition on a Municipal Heritage Register Property – 33 Church Street – Council resolved not to oppose the demolition of the garage attached to the main dwelling on the property.

2021 community grants – A staff report outlined an application from the Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle requesting funding of $5,000. The funds will be used for advertising for an online event on June 19, 2021 and the National Day of Action for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls event on October 4, 2021. Council approved the distribution of 2021 Community Grant budgeted funds of $5,000.

County of Dufferin – Community Safety and Well-Being Plan  In 2009, the work of community safety and well-being planning began in Ontario with a partnership between the Ministry of the Solicitor General and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. Community safety and well-being is broader than the traditional definition of safety (i.e. crime) and moves the focus to also include social determinants of health, such as a sense of belonging, opportunities to participate, education, health care, food, housing, income, and social and cultural expression. The Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act, 2019 mandates every municipal council to prepare and adopt a Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan. Under the legislation, municipalities have the discretion and flexibility to develop joint plans with surrounding municipalities. The municipalities in Dufferin are working collaboratively to develop a shared Community Safety and Well-Being Plan for all of Dufferin County.

Dufferin’s initial Community Safety and Well-Being Plan is a four-year plan which will be reviewed annually. There are many elements which create safety and well-being in a community. To ensure this plan is achievable and strategic in focus, the Advisory Committee used local data and information from the organization and community consultation process to identify five priority areas for this first plan. The following five priority areas of focus have been identified for action in Dufferin’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan:

1. Mental Health and Well-Being
2. Housing and Homelessness
3. Substance Use and Addiction
4. Discrimination, Marginalization and Racism
5. Community Safety and Violence* Prevention

Council voted to adopt the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.

Credit Valley Conservation, no parking signage – Council received a memorandum from Bill Lidster, Manager, Conservation Parks, concerning parking issues on Hurontario Street. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) continues to follow local Public Health guidelines and has implemented parking capacity restrictions at Island Lake Conservation Area. With these restrictions in place, CVC has temporarily closed the park’s front gates between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the past two weekends. As a result, there are long line-ups outside the front gates. Visitors are parking on both the east and west sides of Hurontario Street South while waiting to get into the Conservation Area, even though CVC staff are asking them to move on and visit another park.

CVC is recommending that both the Town of Orangeville and the Town of Mono install temporary “No Parking” signage on their respective sides of the road, until at least Step 3 of the Provincial Re-Opening Plan (August). It is imperative that both sides of the road are signed at the same time, as doing one without the other will create issues for the other municipality.

Council voted to authorize the installation of no parking signage on the 200 metres of Hurontario Street, south of the Island Lake front gates.

Housing Challenges – Council acknowledged receipt of the Housing Challenges postcards received and directed staff to forward a copy of all Housing Challenges postcards received to Dufferin County which oversees housing services and programs, and also to forward all Housing Challenges postcards received to the Men's Homelessness Committee.