King George Public School from Peterborough has relocated to the old Ridpath Junior School location in Lakefield while construction takes place on the King George campus. Pictured above King George North students playing on the swing set on their new playground.
by Vanessa Stark
On Tuesday night, Selwyn council approved to put forth a service contract with the City of Peterborough on a new pilot project to offer transportation between communities.
In partnership with Curve Lake First Nation, City of Peterborough Social Services (Age Friendly Plan) and Community Care the Township has been working to develop this rural transportation program.
Still in the development stages, the pilot is expected to see one bus running Monday to Friday, travel a circuit between Lakefield, Curve Lake, Ennismore, and Bridgenorth, with connection in Peterborough. It was also discussed that connection points with other communities such as Buckhorn may be added along the bus route.
The idea is to have the pilot start small allowing room to grow and change as use patterns are demonstrated.
The program will provide access to educational facilities and extra-curricular programs for residents, particularly youth, provide access to medical services, social services, etc. located in Peterborough for residents, provide opportunity for marketing of day-trips from the City of Peterborough to Lakefield, and alleviate demand on Community Care services for mobile clients and allow for increased capacity to service higher-needs clients.
The transportation pilot received funding of $1,488,400 under the Community Transportation Grant program on July 30, 2019.
In addition to the funding the Township received, the pilot will also be funded by bus fair from participants. It is unclear at this time what the charge to take the bus will be.
The pilot is expected to launch in the spring of 2020 running until March 2023 when the pilot project will end.
by Vanessa Stark
At Tuesday nights council meeting it was discussed that many of the waterways within the County of Peterborough, including those within the Township of Selwyn, have not had comprehensive floodplain studies. This means that there are few accurate maps of current floodplains that accurately map the limits of the existing hazards.
As a result of this, residents wishing to develop in these areas would need to pay out of pocket for surveyors to conduct the research needed to know where the floodplain zones are.
“I think that this particular change to our office plan zoning by law is beneficial to people who live on the water,” Sherry Senis, deputy mayor, said during council. “Because they know, instead of having to go out and spend their own money to find out where the floodplain is, it’s going to be provided to them.”
The County received applications from the Townships of Douro-Dummer, North Kawartha in addition to Selwyn to amend the local component of the County Official Plan.
The municipalities, along with conservation authorities and in partnership with other municipalities conducted research to define the floodplain around several major bodies of water. This project, originally initiated by Otonabee Conservation in 2017, was divided into two projects: Kawartha Lakes North and Kawartha Lakes South.
The areas that were looked at included Pigeon Lake, Chemong Lake, Upper and Lower Buckhorn Lakes, Stony Lake, Clear Lake, Lovesick Lake, and Lake Katchewanooka.
The amendment takes into consideration lands which are subject to flooding and clearly identifies them through mapping, thereby protecting them from additional development.
Adding floodplain mapping to the Official Plan Amendment will not change or add land uses that are already existing in the areas. But, new proposals will be evaluated to ensure that development will be protected from the risk of flooding.
“I think this is a really great tool to our planners and for members of the public” Councillor Donna Ballantyne said. “I think it will be a time saver and a money saver”
It will not change any by-laws and the lines of the floodplains have not changed, this amendment will make the floodplain maps public whereas before, residents would have to pay out of pocket to receive that information.
by Vanessa Stark
Central Smith Creamery is one step closer to expanding their facility and increasing efficiency for the nation-wide ice cream operation.
Currently, Central Smith is taking their ice cream and other products off of their operation site for storage and packaging to be returned to the site for distribution.
They have recently acquired two properties connecting to their operation site. Their hope is to connect these three properties together to expand the current operation to allow for increased cold storage and freezer capacity as well as increased dry storage for packaging.
In addition to increasing storage, the expansion of Central Smith will open up 10 new permanent jobs and include 42 parking spaces.
However, the two new properties were under different zoning by-laws, meaning they could not be developed and included in the original property, as different rules applied.
At the council meeting on Tuesday night, there was a public meeting held to discuss amending these by-laws to allow the properties to fall under the same zones.
During the meeting a member of the public voiced concerns about the expansion of the creamery, stating that it will inevitably cause home values to drop and may increase traffic, making it more dangerous for kids walking to and from the school bus. The member of the public also mentioned the danger to the wetlands and possible ground contamination from by-products on the property.
Selwyn Township Planner, Jeannette Thompson said that a traffic brief was completed and it identified that there would be less truck traffic coming through the site as a result of the expansion.
She also mentioned that the Conservation Authority has been involved throughout the process and they identified that all the provincial policies in the Growth Plan have been met. As well, there is no concern with the ground water supply and soil testing was conducted and came back negative, meaning no by-products were found in the soils on the property.
As a result, council voted unanimously to change the by-law zones of the two new properties of Central Smith to allow for the development of their operation to update their facilities.
Pilot program for community transportation on the horizon
Floodplain mapping in Kawarthas will soon be available to public
Central Smith to make updates on operation
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