Council Highlights July 17th, 2023
The Township of Huron-Kinloss Council Planning meeting was held at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at 21 Queen Street in Ripley.
The purpose of this application is to complete a housekeeping amendment to the Huron-Kinloss Zoning By-law, which will apply to the entire Township of Huron-Kinloss.
The proposed amendment includes increased permitted uses of Additional Residential Units. The proposed changes would permit the establishment of a second dwelling unit in the AG1, AG3 and AG4 zones for a total of two dwelling units per lot. These changes will result in improved clarity and flexibility and facilitate additional residential units while reflecting recent legislative changes under the provincial Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act.
Council supported the request for Amendment and passed the By-Law at the meeting.
By-Law Relief Service
A report was presented to Council to authorize entering into an agreement with Fairmount Security Services to provide By-law Enforcement on an as needed basis to cover vacations and other absences including supporting the pilot weekend enforcement program, as brought forward in a report at the May 1st Committee of the Whole meeting.
This pilot program would see flexible by-law enforcement hours for increased visibility and public education, patrolling the lakeshore on weekends at random.
Asset Management Plan
Council received a Staff report on Asset Management Planning updates. Ontario Regulation 588/17 sets out the specific requirements for municipal asset management plans. To meet the requirements and support evidence-based decision making, an updated Asset Management Plan (AMP) has been developed. This AMP includes an inventory analysis of all Township of Huron-Kinloss assets, including replacement costs, age, condition, current levels of service, lifecycle activities to maintain levels of service, and population and employment forecasts and discussion of growth impacts as of January 1, 2022
Effective asset management continues to be a high priority and the AMP is a tool to measure our progress and identify areas for continued improvement.
At the July 3rd Committee of the Whole meeting, Ken MacLeod made a delegation to Council requesting a letter of support he could present to the Kindred Credit Union to encourage them to consider Ripley in their plans for expansion. Ripley has been without a financial institution since the Royal Bank closed in February of 2022. Council has directed Staff to send the letter of support encouraging the institution to consider Ripley in their expansion plans.
The next Township of Huron-Kinloss Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on August 9th, 2023. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at the Municipal Office, 21 Queen Street in Ripley.
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