A meeting of the Newmarket
Environmental Advisory Committee was held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 6:30
p.m. in the Cane Room at 395 Mulock Drive.
Present: John Birchall
Laxton (Meeting Chair)
Absent: Doug Jagger
Guest: Pat Lusink, Program Manager, Smart Commute Central
Staff: D. Ruggle, Senior Planner – Community Planning (6:33
to 8:00 pm)
C. Schritt, Traffic Technician
The meeting was called to order at
Dayna Laxton in the Chair.
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Committee Minutes of November 6, 2013.
Moved by Philip Breault
Seconded by Wes Guldemond
Environmental Advisory Committee Minutes of November 6, 2013 be approved.
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correspondence items, previously distributed by e-mail, be received.
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Ms. Pat Lusink,
Program Manager, Smart Commute Central York addressed the Committee with a
PowerPoint presentation regarding the Smart Commute program, initiatives and
statistics of its success. Ms. Lusink requested that the Environmental
Advisory Committee recommend support for permanent funding on a go forward
basis by the Town. Councillor Twinney advised that the 2014 budget
deliberations included a line of item of $25,000 with the intention of keeping
this in future budgets for the Smart Commute program.
Moved by Wes
PowerPoint presentation by Ms. Pat Lusink, Program Manager, Smart Commute
Central York regarding the program, initiatives and statistics be received.
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– GENERAL DISCUSSION
Planner – Community Planning addressed the Committee regarding exterior
lighting requirements contained within Planning documents. Discussion ensued
regarding feasible terminology and potential mandated lighting/signage controls
being incorporated into zoning, site plan and subdivision development
documents. The Committee members advised the Senior Planner – Community
Planning that a broad definition of “dark skies” will be compiled in the next
few weeks along with collaborative information and a subsequent recommendation
would then be submitted to the Planning Department for review.
The Meeting Chair requested a roundtable introduction of
members for the benefit of the newest member in attendance.
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AND INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES REPORT – PLANNING AND BULDING SERVICES 2013-59 –
APPLICATION FOR OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT, ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT, DRAFT PLAN OF
CONDOMINIUM AND DRAFT PLAN OF SUBDIVISION – 292145 ONTARIO LIMITED
Discussion ensued regarding the details associated with the development
applications for the property located on the west side of
Silken Laumann Drive, east of Yonge Street, and south of Mulock Drive,
Concession I, Part of Lot 89, in the Town of Newmarket. The Senior Planner –
Community Planning advised that the statutory public meeting for the
application is tentatively scheduled for February 24, 2014 beginning at 7:00
p.m. John Birchall suggested that comments be compiled and ready for final
substantiation at the February 5, 2014 Environmental Advisory Committee
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RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE BAG REDUCTIONS
provided a verbal report regarding the City of Markham’s refuse collection and
their use of clear plastic bags. Preliminary discussions ensued with respect
to the feasibility of the reduction of refuse bag limits in the Town of
Newmarket. A suggestion was made to bring this matter back to the February 5,
2014 Environmental Advisory Committee meeting for further idea exchange.
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REVIEW WORKSHOP UPDATE/PLAN
provided a verbal update regarding the November 12, 2013 Council/NEAC
Workshop. He advised that although some progress was made at the workshop
regarding NEAC initiatives/focus and resources, another workshop in February or
March, 2014 will be scheduled to continue discussions.
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John Birchall provided a verbal update subsequent to Joanna Parsons
recent e-mail explaining the challenges associated with re-printing of the
trail maps. He advised that the Town’s GIS department has completed updated
mapping and the Committee could be in a position to re-print maps by February,
2014. Discussion ensued regarding the feasibility of sponsorship opportunities
to assist in the funding of re-prints. John Birchall advised that he would
contact the Supervisor of Marketing and Sponsorship for potential assistance in
The Meeting Chair distributed copies of the 2012/2013 Community Report
Geoff Shore advised of his interest in finding out what environmental
incentives are being offered in the Mosaik Homes subdivision development at
Bathurst Street and Davis Drive West.
Moved by Councillor Twinney
Seconded by Geoff Shore
THAT the meeting adjourn.
being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
Laxton, Meeting Chair
Next Meeting Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 beginning at 6:30
p.m. in the Mulock Room. Meeting Chair – Philip Breault