Water and wastewater rates -- The Town retained Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. to update the water and wastewater rate projections for the forecast period 2020-2029.
Council approved a new rate structure where a higher cost per cubic metre of water used will be in effect once customers reach a monthly consumption rate of 20 cubic metres rather than the existing threshold of 50 cubic metres.
Based on consumption of 174 cubic metres, new rates are expected to result in an annual water and wastewater bill of $931.54, a decrease of $19.48 for the average residential customer in 2020. That average charge is projected to rise by 1.8, 1.9, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 and 2.5 per cent annually as of 2021.
About 80 per cent of the Town’s residential water users use less than 20 cubic metres of water per month (closer to 75 per cent during the summer months). The Town is planning to launch a Town-wide water meter replacement program in future.
Public meetings held – Orangeville Council held public meetings on two proposed developments. In 2019, the Town received an application to amend the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw from Cachet Developments Inc. on behalf of Transmetro Limited. The applications would facilitate the proposed development of four buildings being six storeys in height, containing 383 apartment dwelling units. Ground-level commercial uses totalling approximately 2,215 square metres (23,842 square feet) of gross floor area would be included within two of the four buildings. A total of 594 parking spaces are proposed to be located at-grade behind the buildings and within one level of underground parking below the buildings. The subject lands are situated within the Veterans’ Way South Community Policy Area and are designated as “Employment Area” in the Town’s OP. The “Development Concept” policies for the overall Policy Area permit a maximum of 400 residential units within the entire Policy Area. A staff report will be presented to Council in future.
The second public meeting involves three vacant parcels of land located on opposite sides of the western loop of Parkinson Crescent, south of Hansen Boulevard and east of Veterans Way. The subject lands are presently vacant and have a combined lot area of approximately 9.3 hectares (23 acres), with approximately 367 metres (1,204 feet) of frontage along Hansen Boulevard, and 221 metres (725 feet) and 116 metres (380 feet) of frontage along Parkinson Crescent. The application was submitted in 2019 by Zelinka Priamo Ltd., on behalf of Sarah Properties Ltd., to amend the Town’s Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw. A mixed-used development is proposed, consisting of 104 bungalow townhouses (within the southern portion of the properties) three eight-storey apartment buildings containing 270 units situated at the southwest corner of Hansen Boulevard and Parkinson Crescent; and 3,140 square metres (33,800 square feet) of neighbourhood commercial uses.
The subject lands are situated within the Veterans’ Way South Community Policy Area and are designated as “Employment Area” in the Town’s OP. A staff report will be presented to Council in future.
2019 building permits -- In 2019, the Building Division issued 416 permits, of which 227 were building permits for new residential dwelling units, 79 were for Institutional, Commercial and Industrial buildings. 110 miscellaneous permits (which includes pools, demolitions, septic systems, signs, tents, decks, designated structures, water, sewer connections, heating, plumbing and garages). Total revenue collected was $620,548.83 The 2019 budget for building revenue was $609,100 so the target was achieved.
Business Retention and Expansion Initiative (Professional Services Sector) -- The completion of a business retention and expansion program with the professional services sector was a recommendation of the Town’s 2018 Economic Development Strategy to better understand the sector’s needs, challenges and opportunities, along with the supports that could be provided to encourage business expansion. The project was launched in early 2019 and was completed in December. The BR+E survey was comprised of more than 55 questions within six sections and 36 surveys were completed.
In general, the professional services firms reported a positive overall climate in Orangeville, with 98% of owners rating the Town as a “good to excellent” place to do business. Approximately 20 actions emerged from the project and were clustered around four major themes – business attraction and support, workforce development, workforce attraction, and community development. Key actions are to be completed over the next six to 18 month period to support the continued development of this sector.
Traffic calming policy – Council directed staff to issue a Request for Proposal for a consultant to develop a traffic calming policy for the Town of Orangeville. In December, Council received a delegation from a group of west end residents who voiced concern about speeding and traffic safety on Spencer Avenue. They requested all-way stops on Spencer at the intersection with Abbey Road and Sherwood Street. However, neither warrants an all-way stop, according to the Ontario Traffic Manual. Similar requests have come from residents on Elizabeth and Zina Streets.
Traffic calming has become more common in North America in recent years and a number of municipalities have implemented traffic calming policies. Traditional engineering solutions to neighbourhood traffic problems, like all-way stops, speed zones, and turn restrictions, have generally not succeeded in achieving desired reductions in traffic speeds and volumes.
The consultant would solicit input from the public, Council and emergency services to develop a list of traffic calming measures that are appropriate for use in Orangeville and under what circumstances each measure would be implemented. The policy should also include a clear procedure for the assessment and implementation of traffic calming options.
The consultant may be asked to assess a number of sites where concerns regarding traffic have been raised to determine if they are candidates for specific traffic calming measures. Cost estimates for the implementation of traffic calming measures in specific locations could be developed for inclusion in future years’ capital budgets.
Safety concerns at 389 Marshall Crescent -- After a property on Marshall Crescent has been struck by two separate vehicles over a five-year period, Council has passed a motion to take action. Council agreed to:
- install Roadway Alignment Signs on both McCannell and Rolling Hills the appropriate distance ahead of the curve in accordance with Ontario Traffic Manual
- install two Checkerboard Signs at the intersection of Rolling Hills and McCannell, one facing each road so that a Checkerboard Sign will be visible to drivers approaching the intersection from either direction
- plant some boulevard trees on Rolling Hills along the flankage of 389 Marshall Crescent as part of the 2020 tree planting program
- paint lane division lines on McCannell and Rolling Hills
- direct staff to report back to Council by the end of March 2020 on the cost to install barricades on the bend alongside Rolling Hills protecting 389 Marshall
- install signs on the hill up McCannell along the south side of Rolling Hills to give ample warning that there is an upcoming curve and speed should be measured
Sustainable Orangeville Budget Surplus -- The Town will establish a reserve fund dedicated to sustainability and environmental action, and Sustainable Orangeville will work with Town staff to develop the requirements and constraints of such a fund. In addition, the surplus from Sustainable Orangeville’s 2019 committee budget will be allocated to this fund.