Council Meeting
Revised Agenda

C#34-22
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Council Chambers
225 East Beaver Creek Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario

Mayor David West

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

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  • The following delegates have registed to address Council regarding Item 14.6:

    1. Paul Doner, John Doner Limited, 12119 Leslie Street;
    2. Sydney Katzman, 65 Fifeshire Road, North York.
  • The following delegates have registered to address Council regarding Item 13.5:

    1. Annie Li, Shirley Laneway Committee, 195 Shirley Drive;
    2. Dragica Didi Gadjanski, Shirley Laneway Committee, 159 Shirley Drive;
    3. Debbie George, Shirley Laneway Committee, 201 Shirley Drive;
    4. C P Chu, Shirley Laneway Committee, 229 Shirley Drive. 
  • The following delegations have registered to address Council regarding Item 13.10:

    1. Ed Lomax, 351 Church Street South;
    2. Lauren Capilongo, Malone Given Parsons Ltd.;
    3. John Li, Richmond Hill Umbrella Residents Group, 206 Brookside Road.

     

  • a) That the minutes of Heritage Richmond Hill meeting HRH#05-22 held June 14, 2022 be received.

  • a) That the minutes of the Special Heritage Richmond Hill meeting HRH#06-22 held July 26, 2022 be received.

(A copy of staff report SRPI.22.092 is attached for Council's reference)

  • That the Heritage Richmond Hill Committee recommends to Council:

    a) That staff report SRPI.22.092 be received;

    b) That the property located at 6 Greywacke Street (formerly known as 630 King Road) no longer has cultural heritage value or interest;

    c) That a by-law be passed to repeal By-law 95-13, amended by By-law 66-18, which designates 6 Greywacke Street (formerly known as 630 King Road) under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.

    d) That the Clerk:

    1. Serve a copy of the repealing by-law on the owner of 6 Greywacke Street (formerly known as 630 King Road);
    2. Publish notice of the repealing by-law in a newspaper having general circulation in the municipality;
    3. Cause the repealing by-law to be registered against the property;
    4. Serve a copy of the registered repealing by-law on the Ontario Heritage Trust; and,
    5. Delete any reference to 6 Greywacke Street (formerly 630 King Road) from the municipal heritage register.

(A copy of staff report SRPI.22.104 is attached for Council's reference)

  • That the Heritage Richmond Hill Committee recommends to Council:

    a) That staff report SRPI.22.104 regarding the Review of the Cultural Heritage Value of 1621 Major Mackenzie Drive East be received;

    b) That the property located at 1621 Major Mackenzie Drive East (also known as 1577-1621 Major Mackenzie Drive East) no longer has cultural heritage value or interest;

    c) That a by-law be passed to repeal By-law 143-97, amended by By-law 68-06, which designates 1621 Major Mackenzie Drive East (also known as 1577-1621 Major Mackenzie Drive East) under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act;

    d) That the Clerk:

    1. Serve a copy of the repealing by-law on the owner of 1621 Major Mackenzie Drive East (also known as 1577-1621 Major Mackenzie Drive East);
    2. Publish notice of the repealing by-law in a newspaper having general circulation in the municipality;
    3. Cause the repealing by-law to be registered against the property;
    4. Serve a copy of the registered repealing by-law on the Ontario Heritage Trust; and,
    5. Delete any reference to 1621 Major Mackenzie Drive East (also known as 1577-1621 Major Mackenzie Drive East) from the municipal heritage register.
  • a) That the letter from Charles Harnick, Integrity Commissioner ADR Chambers, dated July 7, 2022, regarding Annual Report for the Operating Period May 12, 2021 to May 11, 2022, Reference File IC-18378-0622, be received for information.

  • a) That the proposed name “William Duncan Park” for the site described in staff report SRPI.22.053, attached as Appendix A to staff report SRPI.22.093, be approved.

  • a) That Staff Report SRPI.22.100, regarding Summary Report Q2 2022, Municipal Infrastructure Assumptions under Delegated Authority, be received for information purposes.

  • a) That Staff Report SRPI.22.089, regarding Response to Motion with respect to Indoor Soccer Facility, be received for information;

    b) That staff initiate a Feasibility Study in 2022, including associated site planning, parking study and public consultation, to determine options to facilitate the installation of a new indoor soccer facility in Richmond Green;

    c) That funding in the amount of $400,000.00 be approved for use in 2022 to facilitate the execution of item (b) above;

    d) That staff prepare a design project with appropriate budget in the proposed 2024 Capital Budget requests to facilitate a new indoor soccer facility in Richmond Green.

  • a) That the Zoning By-law Amendment and draft Plan of Subdivision applications submitted by The Duncan Rd – 16th Avenue Group Inc. for the lands known as Part of Lots 22, 23, 24, 63 and 64, Plan 3806 (Municipal Address: 0 Fern Avenue), City Files D02-20031 and SUB-20-0005, be approved, subject to the following:

    (i) that the current Low Density Residential Six (R6) Zone provisions under By-law 255-96, as amended, applicable to the lands be further amended to implement the site specific exceptions and a Holding (H) Provision, as set out in Appendix “B” to Staff Report SRPI.22.069;

    (ii) that the amending Zoning By-law be brought forward to the September 14, 2022 Council meeting for consideration and enactment;

    (iii) that the Plan of Subdivision as depicted on Map 5 to Staff Report SRPI.22.069 be draft approved, subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix “C”;

    (iv) that prior to draft approval being granted, the applicant pay the applicable processing fee in accordance with the City’s Tariff of Fees By-law;

    b) That Site Plan Control By-law 137-09, as amended, be further amended, if deemed necessary, to include the subject lands within a Site Plan Control Area for the purposes of securing the applicant’s sustainability commitments, and that said by-law be brought forward to a future Council meeting for consideration and enactment; and,

    c) That the authority to assign 35.1 persons equivalent of servicing allocation to the proposed development to be constructed on the subject lands be delegated to the Commissioner of Planning and Infrastructure subject to the criteria in the City’s Interim Growth Management Strategy, and that the assigned servicing allocation be released in accordance with By-law 109-11, as amended.

  • a) That the revised Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications submitted by 2705785 Ontario Ltd. c/o Dilawri Real Estate Group Inc. for lands known as Part of Lots 1, 2 and 3, Registered Plan 2260 (Municipal Addresses: 9675, 9697 and 9699 Yonge Street), City Files D01-18003 and D02-18013, be approved in principle, subject to the following:

    1. that the Official Plan be amended to include site-specific policies as outlined in Staff Report SRPI.22.101;
    2. that the draft Official Plan Amendment attached hereto as Appendix “C” be finalized and brought to a future Council meeting for consideration and adoption;
    3. that the subject lands be rezoned from General Commercial One (GC1) Zone under By-law 2325-68, as amended, to Residential Tenth Density (RM10-XX) Zone under By-law 2325-68, as amended, and that the amending Zoning By-law establish site specific development standards as outlined in Staff Report SRPI.22.101;
    4. that prior to the final amending Zoning By-law being brought forward to Council for consideration and enactment, the following take place:
      1. that a Site Plan application be submitted and substantially completed to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Planning and Infrastructure;
      2. that the draft Zoning By-law attached hereto as Appendix “D” be finalized and updated to address the comments in Staff Report SRPI.22.101 to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Planning and Infrastructure; and,
    5. that pursuant to Section 34(17) of the Planning Act, Council deem that no further notice be required with respect to any necessary modifications to the draft amending Zoning By-law to implement the proposed development on the subject lands.
  • a) That the Zoning By-law Amendment application submitted by Richmond Hill Ecumenical Homes Corporation c/o DMS Property Management Ltd. for lands known as Part of Lot 46, Concession 1, E.Y.S. (Municipal Address: 286 Major Mackenzie Drive East), City File D02-20016, be approved, subject to the following:

    (i) that the subject lands be rezoned from Residential Multiple Six Density (RM6) Zone and Industrial – Class 1 (IC-1) Zone, as amended, to Multiple Residential One (RM6) Zone and Open Space (O) Zone under By-law 66-71, as amended, with site specific development standards to facilitate the development proposal as outlined in Staff Report SRPI.22.106;

    (ii) that the draft amending Zoning By-law as set out in Appendix “B” be brought forward to a regular meeting of Council for consideration and enactment;

    b) That pursuant to Section 34(17) of the Planning Act, Council deem that no further notice be required with respect to any necessary modifications to the draft amending Zoning By-law to implement the proposed development on the subject lands;

    c) That the authority to assign 185.4 persons equivalent of additional servicing allocation to the proposed development to be constructed on the subject lands be delegated to the Commissioner of Planning and Infrastructure subject to the criteria in the City’s Interim Growth Management Strategy, and that the assigned servicing allocation be released in accordance with the provisions of By-law 109-11; and,

    d) That all comments concerning the applicant’s related Site Plan application (City File D06-21034) be referred back to staff.

  • a) That the revised Zoning By-law Amendment and draft Plan of Subdivision applications submitted by 2322669 Ontario Inc. for the lands known as Part of Lot 157, Plan 202 (Municipal Address: 18 Elm Grove Avenue), City Files D02-19011 and D03-19003, be approved, subject to the following:

    (i) that the subject lands be rezoned from Residential Urban (RU) Zone under By-law 1275, as amended, to Multiple Residential One (RM1) Zone under By-law 313-96, as amended, with site specific exceptions as set out in Appendix “B” to Staff Report SRPI.22.105;

    (ii) that the amending Zoning By-law be brought forward to the September 14, 2022 Council meeting for consideration and enactment;

    (iii) that the Plan of Subdivision as depicted on Map 5 to Staff Report SRPI.22.105 be draft approved, subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix “C” to SRPI.22.105;

    (iv) that prior to draft approval being granted, the applicant pay the applicable processing fee in accordance with the City’s Tariff of Fees By-law;

    b) That Site Plan Control By-law 137-09, as amended, be further amended to place the subject lands within a Site Plan Control Area for the purposes of securing the applicant’s sustainability commitments, and that said by-law be brought forward to the September 14, 2022 Council meeting for consideration and enactment; and,

    c) That 44.28 persons equivalent of additional servicing allocation be assigned to the proposed development to be constructed on the subject lands, to be released by the Commissioner of Planning and Infrastructure in accordance with By-law 109-11, as amended.

  • a) That the Memorandum from Tracey Steele, Acting Commissioner of Community Services, dated September 14, 2022, regarding 2021-2022 Season Winter Maintenance, Follow-up and Clarification with respect to SRCS.22.11, be received.

  • a) That the correspondence from Sigmund Lee, 20 Hamills Crescent, regarding the Memorandum from Tracey Steele, Acting Commissioner of Community Services, dated September 14, 2022, 2021-2022 Season Winter Maintenance - Follow-up and Clarification with respect to SRCS.22.11, be received.

  • a) That the following correspondence regarding the Member Motion submitted by Councillor Beros with respect to  include French in all City of Richmond Communications Policy, be received:

    1. Sigmund Lee, 20 Hamills Crescent, dated September 12, 2022;
    2. Tina De Medeiros, 96 Olde Bayview Avenue, dated September 13, 2022;
    3. Jean Bouchard, Chairman, Board of the Communaute du Trille blanc, dated September 13, 2020;
    4. Remi Nolet, Association des francophones de la region de York (AFRY), dated September 13, 2020;
    5. Marcel Bergevin, 36 Bond Crescent, dated September 13, 2022.
  • a) That the correspondence from Debbie George, 201 Shirley Drive, on behalf of the Shirley Laneway Committee, dated September 9, 2022, regarding staff report SRPI.22.034 Response to Council Motion: Report on Assumption of the Private Laneway for Freehold Townhouses 141-247 Shirley Drive, be received.

  • a) That the correspondence from Brian Chapnik, Chair, Village Core Residents Association, dated September 13, 2022, regarding the Member Motion submitted by Councillor Sheppard with respect to Richmond Hill Village Core, be received.

  • a) That the correspondence from John H. Emery, 13251 Leslie Street, dated September 13, 2020, regarding the Member Motion submitted by Councillor Muench with respect to Stormwater Fairness, be received.

  • a) That the correspondence from Ed Lomax, 351 Church Street South, dated September 13, 2022, regarding the proposed applications submitted by 2705785Ontario Limited c/o Dilawri Real Estate Group Inc., be received.

Moved by: Councillor Beros

  • Whereas the owners of 155, 161 and 163 purchased the properties, the titles were transferred to them on September 6, 2017. The previous owner did the planning, and the notice of the decision was dated November 24, 2016. According to the notice of the decision, the last day to fulfill the condition was Nov 30, 2017. All conditions were met before the due date.

    Whereas the agreements were dated August 21, 2019; however the agreements were completed and released by the City in February 2020.

    Whereas in March 2020, Ontario announced a state of emergency due to the pandemic, which brought many uncertainties.

    Whereas the owners proceeded in 2022 to get their building permits, they were informed that the 48-month exemption for development charges had expired.

    Whereas staff reviewed the Notices of Decisions and did not see the standard wording regarding the Demolition Exemption expiry date. Furthermore, the Site Plan Agreements were reviewed, and while Clause 7 and the Fee schedule speak to payment of Development Charges, it does not mention the Demolition Exemption expiration.

    Whereas the applicant reached out to staff; however, staff explained that only Council could assist.

    Now therefore be it resolved that Council extend the demolition exemption for six months to allow the applicant to submit and process the application.

Moved by: Councillor Beros

  • Whereas the City of Richmond Hill has two air cadet squadrons: 778 Banshee and 8 Globemaster.

    Whereas Canada has a cadet program with numerous cadet corps and squadrons across Ontario.

    Whereas cadet programs assist young people in developing skills and focus on physical fitness, leadership, citizenship and teamwork skills.

    Whereas Cadets are members of their communities and make contributions to society daily.

    Now Therefore Be It Resolved that the City of Richmond Hill proclaim Ontario Cadets Week on the first Saturday in October each year to honour the outstanding young Canadians and help them succeed.

Moved by: Councillor Beros

  • Whereas the English, French and Aboriginal people are the three founding nations recognized in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms;

    Whereas the French language is one of the two official languages in Canada and one of the official languages in 29 countries around the world;

    Whereas the French language is the fifth most spoken language in the world with over 75 million people speaking French as their first language and 200 million speak French as a second language;

    Whereas the City of Richmond Hill is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada and is expecting to welcome an increased immigration influx which will augment its francophone population;

    Whereas the City of Richmond Hill, through its Communication Department, is offering information in many other languages;

    Now therefore be, it resolved that the City of Richmond Hill adds the French language to be included in its policy to facilitate communication with residents who speak this language.

Moved by: Councillor Beros

  • That Council move into Closed Session:

    a) To consider matters related to the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose; and related to litigation affecting the municipality before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice - Court File No. CV-22-00002095-0000, The Corporation of the City of Richmond Hill ats. Regional and Local Councillor Carmine Perrelli and to consider matters related to matters of privilege, including the receiving of legal advice that affects the municipality before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice – Court File No. CV-22-00002453-0000, The Corporation of the City of Richmond Hill, Mary-Anne Dempster, Mayor David West, Regional and Local Councillor Joe DiPaola, Councillor Godwin Chan, Councillor Raika Sheppard, Councillor Karen Cilevitz, Councillor Castro Liu, Darlene Joslin, Catherine Treacy and Stephen Huycke ats. Regional and Local Councillor Carmine Perrelli. (Section 239(2)(e) and (f) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25).

Moved by: Councillor Sheppard

  • WHEREAS, the “Village Core” is the historic downtown of Richmond Hill, with a rich history, which hosts several iconic new and old buildings, and which functions as a cultural hub for the area, supporting and providing services such as: the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts, the Central Library, the Sports Hall of Fame and Elgin Barrow Arena, the Richmond Hill Heritage Centre, Town Park, the McConaghy Centre, the Wave Pool, shops, restaurants, social and community services, housing, and more; and

    WHEREAS, the City is undertaking a variety of initiatives to continue to add to the range of services and attractions and to bring more vitality to this area, such as:

    a) The Office and Downtown Revitalization Community Improvement Plan (CIP) update (anticipated completion December 2022) which is proposed to be extended for another 5 years and would, at a minimum, increase funding for renovation grants from a maximum of $50K to $100K, per Council’s direction in May 2022;

    b) The Official Plan Update – Village Area specific Official Plan Amendment (anticipated adoption in May 2023)  which will provide more detailed planning for the Village area in accordance with direction endorsed by Council in February 2022 identified in the City Plan 2041 Key Directions report;

    c) Updated planning for the City owned Civic Precinct Lands (at Major Mackenzie Drive and Yonge Street) via the Official Plan Update, Investment Attraction Strategy, Parks Plan, and other initiatives:

    1. Official Plan Update (anticipated OPA adoption for Civic Precinct lands as part of the broader Major Transit Station and Corridors OPA - May 2023),which will provide policy direction regarding permitted uses and density of development for these lands;
    2. Investment Attraction Study (approved by Council in June 2022, implementation in process), which recommends exploring public-private partnership(s) to use these lands as “community-based office and culture industry-focused location;”
    3. The Parks Plan (approved by Council in June 2022) which acknowledges that some of these City owned lands along with surrounding civic facilities should be recognized as a Destination Park to host City events, and connect with the Wave Pool and Central Library; and
    4. A Council Resolution (passed in October 2021) to name the square in front of the Central Library as the Dave Barrow Square, in honour of our former Mayor, (to be formally unveiled on September 15, 2022);

    d) Comprehensive Zoning Update (anticipated adoption 2024) which would comprehensively update zoning standards and permissions in conformity with the Official Plan, thereby creating development certainty and facilitating new development within the Village area that is compliant with the updated Official Plan;

    e) Sustainable development and Affordable Housing Community Improvement Plan (“CIP”) (anticipated adoption 2024) – through Council’s capital budget approval to prepare the background work and a CIP, the ensuing CIP would incentivize new and existing development in the Village area  to be more resilient to climate change, and, in the case of residential buildings, more affordable. Implementation of the CIP would attract new, and retain existing businesses, and residents, within the area;

    f) Town Park Revitalization Master Plan – (draft Master Plan anticipated in early 2023 for public/Council comment) which will propose park improvements to meet current and future park needs; and  

    g) City of Richmond Hill’s “Approvals Plus” Service – (in effect) which can be used to facilitate the development application approval process for office development within the Village.

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

    Council directs staff to prepare a report for a Council meeting in Q1 2023, in consultation with the Village of Richmond Hill Business Improvement Area Committee (BIA), and other stakeholders, to identify supplementary actions the City could undertake on its own and/or in partnership with the BIA and/or other community partners, in order to enhance and improve the “Village Core”.

    This staff report should provide options for possible initiatives, along with associated timing, budgets, and required resources, for Council’s consideration.

    These initiatives could include matters such as:

    1. Developing a Public Realm Master Plan to guide implementation of public realm improvements that could include: sidewalk/pedestrian path improvements, provisions for more public amenities (including but not limited to benches, larger planters, park features, way finding signage, landscaping), provisions for public art, etc.;

    2. Updating in effect by-laws, such as the sign by-law, to be more responsive to market/business operator needs;

    3. Identifying new or reinstating previous City events (e.g. farmers’ market, holiday parade, jazz festival, etc.);

    4. Piloting landscaping improvements in partnership with landowners/third parties; and

    5. Upon council approval of potential initiatives, establishing a sub-committee (consisting of BIA members and City staff) to ensure implementation of actions related to this initiative, that are within the purview of the BIA, (e.g.  the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally owned land buildings and structures, beyond normal City standards, and the promotion of the BIA as a business and shopping area, in accordance with Article 2 of by-law 170-08, etc.)”.

Moved by: Councillor Muench

  • Whereas, it has been brought to all of Council attention via email that the stormwater fees have gone up to property owners who do not have storm water drains more than 5000 %; and

    Whereas, Stormwater infrastructure is not universal and some landowners are on well and sewer and will be unfairly impacted by the stormwater management rate; and

    Whereas, commercial, industrial, and farm properties may be impacted unreasonably at a time when the COVID impact is being felt; and

    Whereas, large scale farming and golf courses are severely impacted by the new storm water rate when compared to others; and

    Whereas, the previous director of finance in his report after Council made its stormwater rate direction in November 2021 informed in his presentation that one commercial landowner that was paying $ 215 will now be paying $ 41,000.

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Richmond Hill;

    1. That any property without city water or sewers be exempt from the upgraded stormwater premium charge.

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Explanation:   Approved by Council at its meeting held April 28, 2021 - (Staff Report SRPI.21.038)

Explanation:  Approved by Council at its meeting held April 28, 2021 - (Staff Report SRPI.21.038)

Explanation: Approved by Council at its meeting held April 28, 2021 - (Staff Report SRPI.21.038)

Explanation: Approved by Council at its meeting held April 28, 2021 - (Staff Report SRPI.21.038)

Explanation: Approved by Council at its meeting held April 28, 2021 - (Staff Report SRPI.21.038)

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