Council overview package for February 20, 2024

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City Council endorsed the following items during its General Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 20, 2024:

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Items endorsed by General Committee on February 20 will be considered by Council for final approval on Monday, February 26, 2024.

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Planning application - 950 Lansdowne St. W.

Council endorsed a planning application to add animal hospital and/or veterinary office to the list of permitted uses for 950 Lansdowne St. W.

The zoning of the southern portion of 950 Lansdowne St. W. would be changed from SP.138 – Commercial District to a modified SP.138 – Commercial District to add animal hospital and/or veterinary office to the list of permitted uses.

No new buildings, structures or gross floor area are proposed as part of the application. The property is on the east side of The Parkway between Lansdowne Street West and Clonsilla Avenue. The property is currently developed with three separate commercial plazas and a stand-alone restaurant.

The proposal is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, conforms with the Growth Plan and Official Plan and aligns with the Strategic Plan.

Planning Application - 1119/1123 Water St.

Council endorsed a planning application to change the land use designation for 1119 and 1123 Water St. to facilitate the consolidation, redevelopment and use of the properties for an 80-unit apartment building.

The Zoning By-law Amendment would permit a seven-storey residential apartment building complex with 80 residential units and up to 232 square metres of ground floor commercial space. If the Zoning By-law Amendment is approved, the development will be subject to Site Plan Control.

The properties are at the southwest corner of Water Street and Marina Boulevard. The property at 1119 Water St. is currently developed with a motor vehicle service operation, while the property at 1123 Water St. is currently developed with a one-storey retail commercial plaza.

On November 27, 2023, Council pledged to support the construction of 4,700 new dwellings by 2031 as requested by the Minister on June 16, 2023. Provincially, municipal housing pledges are a key tool for ensuring the construction of 1.5 million new homes by 2031 to address an ongoing housing supply and affordability crisis. This development, with a proposed 80 residential units, is an example of the type of development that the City will need to meet its housing target.

The development will be constructed on two underutilized lots which are currently occupied by two separate one-storey commercial buildings. The proposed development will provide an additional housing opportunity as well as provide economic benefit through a revitalized commercial ground floor unit.

Existing municipal services and infrastructure will be utilized and improved, where necessary, to ensure the development has adequate infrastructure to support the proposed use. Located on the main north-south arterial street in the City’s north end, this development is conveniently located within walking distance to a large-scale food store, to parks, to schools, and the Parkway trail. This proposal represents a highly pedestrian-friendly development and desirable type of intensification on a site that is currently underutilized in a transitioning mixed-use area.

The proposal conforms with the Growth Plan, is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, and conforms with and implements the Official Plan.

City Council portfolio positions

Council endorsed a new Council portfolios structure to more specifically define the role of Council portfolio chair positions in relation to the City's administration.

The proposed Portfolio Chairs By-law:

  • establishes 12 positions as “Co-Chairs” with two assigned to each of 6 “Portfolios” that align with the City’s 5 Departments: Community Services, Finance and Corporate Support Services, Infrastructure, Planning and Growth Management, Legislative Services and Municipal Operations (section 6);
  • defines the roles of a Portfolio Chair (section 8);
  • delegates to a Portfolio Chair the authority to establish advisory committees (section 9); and
  • outlines Members’ responsibilities in relation to third party communications, their relationships to municipal administration and dealing with confidential information (sections 10-13).

Council amended the recommended by-law to indicate that the Mayor and Council would vote to appoint and revoke Council members to Council portfolio chair positions.

Council endorsed rescinding the current Council portfolio appointments.

The new portfolios and associated portfolio chairs would be:

  • Finance and Corporate Support Services Portfolio: Councillor Andrew Beamer and Councillor Dave Haacke
  • Legislative Services Portfolio: Councillor Matt Crowley and Councillor Joy Lachica
  • Municipal Operations Portfolio: Councillor Gary Baldwin and Councillor Don Vassiliadis
  • Infrastructure, Planning and Growth Management Portfolio: Councillor Kevin Duguay and Councillor Joy Lachica
  • Community Services (Recreation and Parks, Fire Services, and Arenas) Portfolio: Councillor Lesley Parnell and Councillor Gary Baldwin
  • Community Services (Arts and Culture, Social Services (Housing and Homelessness), Library Services) Portfolio: Councillor Keith Riel and Councillor Alex Bierk

The authority to strike advisory committees is delayed (section 17) to permit staff an opportunity to report back respecting the status and roles of the City’s current advisory committees.

Home Energy Efficiency Program

Council endorsed setting up a Home Energy Efficiency Program that will provide home energy efficiency renovation financing streams for homeowners with debenture financing through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Infrastructure Ontario.

On March 10, 2023, the City submitted its application for capitalization funding for the Home Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP) to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Community Efficiency Financing Program. On August 3, 2023 the City was informed that its application was successful.

To move the project forward by-laws must be passed to execute the FCM agreement and secure debenture financing through FCM and Infrastructure Ontario to support the Local Improvement Charge supported financing stream.

The full costs of the $11-million program, with the exception of the $260,000 coming from the Climate Change Action Plan Capital Project, is either grant funded or flow through funding to be recovered through repayment of the homeowner loans.

Home retrofits are essential to realizing the City of Peterborough’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions goals. The HEEP program provides two home energy efficiency renovation financing streams for homeowners to select from as their preferred repayment option.

The two streams of renovation financing include:

  • Local Improvement Charge: Homeowners can access loans from $15,000 to $125,000, to be repaid via their property tax bill. This loan would be tied to the property and secured via a local improvement charge. In the event the property is sold, the loan would remain on the property; however, most mortgage lenders require that the loan be repaid at the time of sale. Capital for the loans is anticipated to come from FCM funding and partnerships with financial institutions.
  • Unsecured Loan: Homeowners can access loans starting at $1,000 to be repaid directly to a partner financial institution. This loan will be tied to the homeowner. The City will support the financial institution by providing a loan loss reserve (using a portion of the FCM grant), reducing the risk of lending by covering some of the losses if a default occurs.

Traffic calming installations

Council endorsed including in 2025 Budget requests funding for the installation of permanent traffic calming measures in the Franklin Drive, the Cherryhill Road-Westridge Boulevard, and the Auburn Street-Dunlop Street neighbourhoods.

Temporary traffic calming measures were installed in the fall of 2021, and staff have monitored the effectiveness of the temporary measures in reducing vehicle speeds and vehicles infiltrating/shortcutting through local neighbourhoods.

Staff recommend the implementation of permanent traffic calming measures in the Franklin Drive, the Auburn Street/Dunlop Street, and the Cherryhill Drive/Westridge Boulevard neighbourhoods.

Detailed design, contracting and construction for the permanent traffic calming measures will be undertaken by Engineering Construction and Capital Works as part of their 2025 work program pending resources and budget approval.

Fire dispatch services

Council endorsed a new five-year agreement to provide fire dispatch services to the eight townships in the County of Peterborough.

The new five-year agreement (April 1, 2024, to March 31, 2029) would provide Fire Dispatch Services to the Townships within the County of Peterborough for the following annual base fees:

  • $401,673.35 for the period April 1, 2024, to March 31, 2025
  • $472,271.46 for the period April 1, 2025, to March 31, 2026
  • $555,277.89 for the period April 1, 2026, to March 31, 2027
  • $652,873.53 for the period April 1, 2027, to March 31, 2028
  • $767,622.58 for the period April 1, 2028, to March 31, 2029

Since 2003 Fire Services has been providing fire dispatch services to Townships in the County of Peterborough. By 2009, all municipalities within the County of Peterborough were receiving dispatch services from the City.

This agreement continues to be a mutually beneficial agreement for both the City and the Townships. It continues to provide an increased scale to the City’s dispatch centre while providing an important source of revenue.

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