Town of Newmarket


Council Workshop

Meeting #:
Council Chambers
Municipal Offices
395 Mulock Drive
Newmarket, ON L3Y 4X7
Members Present:
  • Mayor Taylor
  • Deputy Mayor & Regional Councillor Vegh
  • Councillor Woodhouse
  • Councillor Twinney
  • Councillor Morrison
  • Councillor Kwapis
  • Councillor Broome
  • Councillor Bisanz
Members Absent:
  • Councillor Simon
Staff Present:
  • J. Sharma, Chief Administrative Officer
  • E. Armchuk, Commissioner of Corporate Services
  • P. Noehammer, Commissioner of Development & Infrastructure Services
  • I. McDougall, Commissioner of Community Services
  • L. Lyons, Director of Legislative Services/Town Clerk
  • M. White, Planner
  • J. Grossi, Legislative Coordinator

For consideration by Council on October 21, 2019.
The meeting was called to order at 9:04 AM. 
Mayor Taylor in the Chair.



Mayor Taylor advised that in accordance with the Town's Procedure By-law, no decisions are to be made but rather this meeting was an opportunity for Council to have informal discussion regarding various matters.


The Planner/Program Manager provided an introduction to the workshop and the Newmarket Energy Efficiency Retrofit (NEER) Stakeholder Advisory Group Members in attendance. She also outlined the Community Energy Plan (CEP) and provided relevant background information. 

Josh Campbell, Chair of the Stakeholder Advisory Group, provided background information on the Newmarket Energy Efficiency Retrofit (NEER) Stakeholder Advisory Group and outlined their next steps. 

Karen Fairbridge, Engagement Lead, outlined the planning and decision-making process, municipal commitment, and the three key assumptions. She discussed local improvement charges (LICs), applying for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) funding, and standardized retrofits.

Peter Garforth, Strategic Lead, outlined the NEER Business Case target markets, retrofit packages, and operational targets. He identified benefits and potential risks, funding opportunities, and typical homeowner impact.

Karen Farbridge, Engagement Lead, outlined the groups involved during the consultation and engagement of this business case. 

Karen Farbridge, Engagement Lead, outlined the utility and municipal cooperation opportunities.

Members of Council queried the presenters regarding public education opportunities, operational targets and stress testing, and utility cooperation.

  • Moved by:Councillor Woodhouse
    Seconded by:Councillor Bisanz
    1. ​​That the presentation regarding the Newmarket Energy Efficiency Retrofit (NEER) Business Plan be received; and,
    2. That the Stakeholder Advisory Group Report on the NEER business case be received.


Mayor Taylor advised that there was no requirement for a Closed Session.

  • Moved by:Councillor Kwapis
    Seconded by:Councillor Morrison
    1. That the meeting be adjourned at 11:35 AM.

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