Greater Napanee Town Council met for its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 with a packed agenda that included a public meeting, three important deputations, and more.
First up was a public meeting to present a rezoning by-law request made by 2694440 Ontario Limited, to allow the residential development at the currently rural zoned property, 124 Old Hamburg Road, to be known as the Limestone Ridge subdivision. Shawn Legere of RFA Planning Consultant Inc. was on hand to explain the request.
The application was filed and processed concurrently with applications for Official Plan Amendment and Draft Plan of Subdivision to permit the development of a multi-phased subdivision accommodating approximately 486 units, which Council approved in August 2022.
The application would rezone the lands by placing them in a number of site-specific residential zones, as well as environmental protection and open space zones. The zoning by-law amendment will also require a limited number of supporting commercial uses within the ground floor of the proposed apartment buildings.
One email objection to the development and rezoning was read to Council from a resident of Old Hamburg Road, who would like to see the proposed subdivision reconsidered, stating, “The proposed subdivision most certainly does not harmonize with the current land use of the surrounding properties and would cause significant and prolonged stresses to the current residents of the area.”
The resident also stated, “One must also take into consideration the complete lack of local infrastructure east of Napanee to support such a large population increase, such as school, public transportation, retail, [and] fuel.”
Michael Nobes, General Manager of Growth and Expansion for the Town, responded on behalf of Town staff. Nobes agreed that while it would be “quite a drastic change in the face of the greater area here,” the area is within the urban boundary, and the official plan amendments have already been made.
“Municipal Planning did take into consideration… the potential future development of the area: how that area ultimately would grow throughout the life of our Official Plan and future Official Plan update,” said Nobes, adding, “It is the responsibility of the developer to extend water services, wastewater services, Cogeco, Bell, natural gas, etc. It is the responsibility of the developer to pay for all of that infrastructure… then it will be turned over to the municipality. So essentially, we’re getting infrastructure provided to us at no cost, but we are on the hook for maintenance in perpetuity of that infrastructure.”
The rezoning was ultimately approved by Council.
Diane Talas, programming director of Lennox and Addington Seniors Outreach Services (SOS), presented a summary of SOS’s current successes, challenges, and predicted budget. She asked that council plan in its future budgets to fund 20 per cent of SOS’s needs.
Memberships are not nearly enough to cover SOS’s facilities and programming, Talas said. “A good portion of our membership is on a fixed income, so we can’t charge them what a commercial facility would… Our annual memberships are $35 a year. Most of our programs are either $3 or $5 to participate in. Now, that might sound grossly outdated, but I tell you a lot of those members struggle, so we have to keep [the cost] nominal so that it is attractive for them and encourages them to join.”
Mayor Marg Isbester suggested that Talas explore further community partnerships for funding by setting up a meeting with CAO John Pinsent and by applying for help from the County. Council then voted to accept the report for information to inform future budget planning.
Kevin Alkenbrack, Executive Director of Morningstar Mission, requested municipal funding support for 2023 operations. A forthcoming Kingstonist article will look at the Mission’s Warming Centre from last year and at the future of the program.
John Street resident Hubert Hogle spoke to Council regarding the costs in the Waste Management contract. “Waste and recycling collection and disposal is the fourth-largest expense in the tax-supported portion of the town budget after policing, fire, and roads,” said Hogle. “In 2019, the town paid Waste Management $420,331 for curbside collection and disposal. In 2020, this increased to $1,200,488. In one year, the cost nearly tripled.”
Hogle pointed out that despite bag tag rates doubling in the last few years, only about half of the overall cost is covered by bag tag sales. He further asserted that, with increasing bag tag rates, “littering and enforcement have become concerns.” He suggested several ways to “help this municipality save money,” including looking more deeply into the current contract with Waste Management.
As always, you can catch up with other details of the Council meeting by visiting Greater Napanee’s Civicweb page for meeting agendas and minutes and by viewing the meeting on the Town of Greater Napanee’s YouTube channel.