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Commencing May 22, 2019, weather permitting, and ending July 7, 2019, the County of Grey and the Town of The Blue Mountains intend to control noxious weeds along the county and municipal roadsides under their respective jurisdiction as listed below. We will be using Truvist Herbicide, which contains the active ingredients, Chlorsulfuron and Aminocyclopyrachlor. PCP Registration Number 30920 in combination with Hasten NT Spray Adjuvant, which contains active ingredients Methyl and ethyl oleate (esterified vegetable oil). PCP Registration Number 28277 under the Pest Control Products Act.

County of Grey Roads:
All Rural Roads within the Jurisdiction of Grey County
Contact information:  Graham Wilson, 1-800-567-4739

Town of The Blue Mountains roads:
All Rural Roads within the Jurisdiction of the Town of Blue Mountains
Contact information: Jim McCannell, 1-888-258-6867

For general and product information, call collect:
Steve Ford, Green Stream, 1-905-510-1229

The pesticide application will be conducted by a licensed technician and only applied to grass roadside areas that appear to be visually unkept and where there is evidence of noxious weeds. The primary purpose of spraying pesticide is to proactively control the spread of Wild Chervil.

What is Wild Chervil?

Wild chervil is a herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial from the parsley family, introduced to North America from Europe. It was first brought to North America as part of European wildflower seed mix used for plantings along hedgerows and meadows.

This species is short-lived, forming a rosette of only leaves in the first year, then flowering and producing seeds in the second year. As a heavy seed producer, it is easily spread to new locations. Wild chervil has few checks on its population in North America and can quickly take over an area, displacing native species and forming dense stands that are difficult to control.

Source: Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program

Opt-out of Pesticide Spraying

To opt-out of pesticide spraying on the roadside portion adjacent to your property, residents are encouraged to employ stewardship and regularly maintain the grass and ditch areas to assist in the control of Wild Chervil. The pesticide is only applied to grass roadside areas that appear to be visually unkept and where there is evidence of noxious weeds. If the area is regularly cut and maintained, the Wild Chervil will not have the opportunity to grow and seed.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Revised Agenda for the Special Committee of the Whole Meeting on May 27, 2019 is available.

Please note the revisions include a revised Agenda, additions at B.1.4, B.6.2, B.10.1, B.11.2, B.11.3 and revision to Agenda item B.1.3.

For additional information, visit the Council Calendar.

The farm cidery business known as “Spy Cider House and Distillery” has proposed the temporary use of a trailer for an office and two storage containers on the subject lands
Property Location: 808108 24th Sideroad (Clarksburg)
Public Meeting: June 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM, Town Hall, Council Chambers, 32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON

Public Meeting Notice 

The Special Committee of the Whole Agenda Highlights for May 27, 2019 are now available.

The Agendas for May 22, 2019 Committee of the Whole & May 27, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole have been revised as follows:

Item B.6.1 Deputation: Blue Mountain Curling Centre (BMCC) Lloyd Luckock, President and John White, Board Member Re: Presentation by BMCC touching on first year just completed, plans for Year 2 plus establishing a working relationship with The Blue Mountains has been removed from the May 22, 2019 Committee of the Whole Agenda and added to the May 27, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole Agenda.

Additional meeting details are available at the links below:

Committee of the Whole - May 22, 2019 Agenda and Council Calendar

Special Committee of the Whole - May 27, 2019 Agenda and Council Calendar

The Agenda for the May 27, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole Meeting is available.

For additional meeting details and materials, visit the Council Calendar.

The Agenda for the May 22, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting is available.

For additional meeting details and materials, visit the Council Calendar.

Meaford Golf Club is Offering Beginner and Women's Golf Programs Starting the week of May 21, 2019

Beginner Program

Learn to golf this summer at the Meaford Golf Club. This season  2,  four week programs will be offered for both men & women that have always wanted to learn the game of golf.  Golf clubs will be provided for all participants and the program will include instruction at our practice range as well as 9 holes of golf on day 4 of the program.

Session #1 (Thursday Evenings 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.)

  • Thursday May 23 - Short Game Clinic
  • Thursday May 30 - Full Swing Clinic –Irons
  • Thursday June 6 - Full Swing Clinic – Woods & Hybrids
  • Thursday June 13 - 9 Holes of Golf - Scramble Format

Session #2 (Thursday Evenings 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.)

  • Thursday June 20 – Short Game
  • Thursday June 27 – Full Swing Clinic – Irons
  • Thursday July 4 – Full Swing Clinic – Woods & Hybrids
  • Thursday July 11 – 9 Holes of Golf –Scramble Format                                                                                                       

Cost: $130 per person (includes 90 minutes of instruction, golf clubs, range balls and taxes)

Women's Clinics

  • Basic Swing Fundamentals - Tips & Practice Drills: Tuesday  May 21   (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Short Game - Putting Clinic - Tips & Practice Drills: Tuesday  May 28   (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Short Game - Chipping & Pitching - Tips & Practice Drills: Tuesday  June 4  (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Full Swing Clinic - Irons: Tuesday  June 11  (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Full Swing Clinic - Woods & Hybrid Clubs: Tuesday  June 18  (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Special Clinic - Difficult Lies & Problem Shots: Tuesday  June 25  (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)                           

Cost: $20.00 per clinic or $55.00 for a package of 3 clinics (prices includes one hour of instruction, range balls and taxes)   

To register for either program, call Cameron at 705-441-0865 or email baygolfacademy@bell.net

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking input from residents regarding key areas of service delivery.

Residents are invited to attend a Community Dialogue & Service Delivery Review Workshop on Saturday, June 22nd from 11:30am – 5:00pm at the Beaver Valley Community Centre in Thornbury.

Facilitated by StrategyCorp, residents will be asked to share their opinion and feedback on key areas of service delivery including: Transportation, Planning, Recreation and Culture, Economic Development and more. The purpose of the workshop is to identify key areas of improvement to create efficiency and effectiveness within service delivery.

Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Time: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Beaver Valley Community Centre in Thornbury

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by June 12th to Karen Hilgendorf at 519-599-3131 ext. 233 or by email. Click to email Karen Hilgendorf.

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

Curbside Garbage and Recyclables Collection will occur as usual on Victoria Day Monday, May 20, 2019

Curbside Garbage and Recyclables Collection will occur as usual on Victoria Day Monday, May 20, 2019. 

For more information visit our website: www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm  or download the App: TBM Waste Resource available for Apple & Android. 

Curbside Yard Waste Collection starts May 6 and runs to May 30, 2019

Maximum 10 containers or bags per week. Pick-up occurs on your regular day of collection. No plastic bags. 

For more information view the Waste Resource Guide or contact: 

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

The agenda package for the May 16th Grey County - The Blue Mountains Task Force Meeting is now available on the County website.

The meeting will be held in the Heritage Room of the Grey County Administration Building, Owen Sound.

Please note the start time is 1:30 p.m.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that between May 15th - June 30th 2019, Union Gas will be conducting maintenance inspections on their infrastructure located within Thornbury.

The maintenance inspections will take place at multiple sites throughout Thornbury. The work at each site is expected to take between 2 -3 hours. Please expect temporary traffic delays during this time.

Click to view a map of infrastructure locations

For more information, please contact: 

Infrastructure & Public Works
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

The Town of The Blue Mountains is conducting a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) to develop a Town-Wide Water Distribution System Master Plan.

Date: May 29, 2019 
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers 
Address: 32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON 

For more information please view the: Notice of  Public Information Centre 

If you have any questions regarding the study please contact:
Reg Russwurm, MBA, P. Eng.
519-599-3131 ext. 260
 

Community of Clarksburg Town of The Blue Mountains Master Plan Class Environmental Assessment The Town of The Blue Mountains is conducting a Master Plan Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) to investigate opportunities to improve the water and wastewater services to all properties in the Clarksburg Service Area.

Location:  Town of The Blue Mountains, Town Hall Council Chambers, 32 Mill Street, Thornbury ON.

Session 1: 
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm 
Presentation: 7:30pm 

Sesson 2: 
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm 
Presentation: 10:30am 

For more details please view the Notice of Public Information Centre

If you have any questions, please contact: 
Reg Russwurm, MBA, P. Eng.
519-599-3131 ext. 260
 

Notice of Public Information Centre - Peel Street Preliminary Engineering

Dates: June 12, 2019 (6:30pm to 8:30pm) and June 15, 2019 (9:30am to 11:30am)
The formal presentation will begin at 7:00pm on June 12th and 10:00am on June 15th.
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers

This important meeting will be held to review the proposed options for the reconstruction of Peel Street between Hwy 26 and Georgian Bay, host a question and answer period and receive comments from the public.

A PIC is an informal open house with Town Staff and Consultants. For the purposes of this PIC, Staff and Consultants will be offering information to you about the progress of design options for Peel Street’s reconstruction. Both Staff and Consultants will be pleased to discuss and answer any questions you may have about the options for reconstruction of Peel Street.

For more information please contact: 
Construction Coordinator
519-599-3131 ext. 275
 

The Town of The Blue Mountains Water and Waste Water Division is excited to announce that the Town was awarded with first place today at the annual water taste test competition at the Ontario Waterworks Association Conference in Ottawa.

Multiple water samples were entered into a blind taste test competition. The Town of The Blue Mountains water sample was awarded as the best by 950 delegates attending the conference.

“I would like to thank our dedicated water department for their professionalism and excellence within ensuring that the municipal water is safe and the best tasting in the province” explained the Manager of Water and Wastewater Service, Alison Kershaw.

To learn more about Water Services and drinking water quality, please visit:

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/water-services.cfm?is=2

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Agenda for The Blue Mountains Council Meeting on Monday, May 13 is available.

Please note the start time of 6:00 p.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The  agenda for the Special Meeting of Council on May 10, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 9:00 a.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The applicants would like to establish a Bed & Breakfast use in their existing house at 111 Marsh Street in Clarksburg. This application for zoning by-law amendment is seeking approval to add the use of “Bed & Breakfast Establishment” to the property’s zone.

Notice of Public Meeting Re. 111 Marsh St B&B

Public Meeting: May 27, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Town Hall, Council Chambers
32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON

Public Notice

Available at the Town Office for $275 per pass!

If you hate carrying cash but you still want to golf at the Tomahawk Golf Course, consider purchasing a season pass for $275 (including HST). 

Passes are available at the Town Office (32 Mill Street in Thornbury) or from staff at the Tomahawk Golf Course.  Each membership includes a blue Tomahawk golf towel that takes the place of a membership card. 

Owners of independently owned and operated tourism businesses in BruceGreySimcoe can now access support through the unique T3 Accelerator program.

T3 Accelerator Program Launched

Click to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-dXaS2bmbA

Owners of established tourism businesses now have support available through a unique program in Bruce, Grey and Simcoe counties.  

TAccelerator, launched by Regional Tourism Organization 7 and the Centre for Business and Economic Development in Collingwood, invites independently owned and operated tourism businesses to apply for coaching assistance to help their business develop and succeed. Once accepted into T3 Accelerator, an extensive assessment of business operations and tourism offerings is undertaken by an experienced team of general business and tourism specialists to identify business development strategies for your business. Owners then receive suitable coaching and resources from the T3 Team and partner organizations. 

For the past several months, seven businesses have been participating in the pilot and the feedback has been very positive.  

“Success is what the program is all about and with the coaching we have tapped into resources we didn’t know were available to us” says Peter Doner and Barbara Barta of Oasis by the Bay Vacation Suites. “T3 made us stop and reevaluate our business. I’ve taken a lot away that has shifted our focus to be more targeted,” Barta adds.

The structure of T3 Accelerator was developed after extensive research and consulting local tourism businesses. T3 Accelerator was built upon a similar program run for almost a decade in Northumberland County. Bill Sullivan, RTO7 CEO, says “I am blown away by the level of commitment that the team members have invested into developing this program. This is a unique support program that will have a significant impact on those tourism businesses involved.”

“Small business represents one of the most important facets of our economy and this exciting coaching program is already proving to be a great tool to those involved.” states Gillian Fairley, General Manager of the Centre for Business and Economic Development.

Central to the program are volunteer coaches. Scott Allison, one of the T3 coaches is sharing his professional knowledge and experience gained during his own career in the hotel and travel industries including 10 years on the board of Destination Canada. Like Mr. Allison, many of the T3 coaches have retired to live in our amenity-rich community.

Mr. Allison explains “tourism’s lifeblood is driven by entrepreneurs and their visions.”  He added “helping local business owners succeed is in itself rewarding, and being part of the T3team has given me great satisfaction.”

Program details can be found on the RTO7.ca website.

For more information:
Sue Ainley
Project Coordinator, T3 Accelerator 
sue@ainleygroup.com

https://rto7.ca/Public/Programs/T3-Accelerator-Program

The Council of The Corporation of The Town of The Blue Mountains passed Development Charge By-law No. 2019-17 on the 24th day of April 2019.

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of The Corporation of The Town of The Blue Mountains passed Development Charge By-law No. 2019-17 on the 24th day of April 2019, under Section 2 of the Development Charges Act, 1997.

AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or organization may appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal under Section 14 of the Act, in respect of the Development Charges By-law, by filing with the Clerk of the Town of The Blue Mountains no later than Monday, June 3rd, 2019, a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the By-law and the reasons supporting the objection. A processing fee will be payable to The Blue Mountains Clerk’s Office with the appeal application. The appellant is advised to contact the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal to access required forms and applicable Provincial fees.

The charges in the aforementioned By-law will apply to all new residential and non-residential development, subject to certain terms, conditions and limited exemptions as identified therein. Town-wide development charges are levied against new development to pay for the increased capital costs related to the provision of municipal services such as General Government, Public Library, Fire Services, Police Department, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Parking and By-law, Solid Waste, Town-wide Roads and Related services. A distinct Roads and Related charge has been calculated for the Castle Glen service area, as the needs attributable to development in this area are unique.

Rates imposed for the Service Areas of Craigleith, Castle Glen, Osler, Thornbury East, Thornbury West, Clarksburg, Lora Bay (SA1, SA2 and SA3), Camperdown and Swiss Meadows are related to the provision of Water and Sanitary Sewer services. Schedules 1 to 4 set out the residential and non-residential development charge rates applicable throughout the Town by service area. Map 1 delineates all applicable Service Areas within the Town in which the area-specific charges are applied.

The development charges imposed under the By-law come into effect on April 24th, 2019. Copies of the complete Development Charge By-law are available for examination during regular business hours (weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) in the offices of the municipality located at 32 Mill Street Thornbury, ON and on the website at www.thebluemountains.ca. For further information, please contact the Clerk’s Office.

The Revised Agenda for the Special Meeting of Council on April 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. is available.

The revision includes a Closed Session Matter at  D. on the Agenda.

Please see the Council Calendar for additional details.

The agenda is available for the Special Meeting of Council on April 29, 2019.

Please note the start time is 7:00 -.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The revised agenda for the Town of The Blue Mountains Committee of the Whole Meeting on April 29, 2019 is available.

Please note the revision is related to agenda item B.4.1 and Staff Report PDS.19.53..

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar

CAO Hiring Sub-Committee - April 26, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. Code of Conduct Review Committee - April 26, 2019 - 9:30 a.m.

The Agendas for the April 26, 2019 CAO Hiring Sub-Committee and the Code of Conduct Review Committee are available.

Agenda - CAO Hiring Sub-Committee

Agenda - Code of Conduct Review Committee

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

This Public Notice on Minor Variance #A07-2019 (Terra Brook Homes) will be heard by the Committee of Adjustment at an upcoming Committee meeting on May 15, 2019.

Public Notice

Watering Restrictions

Watering Restrictions are implemented annually from June 1 to September 1

Stage 1 Water Use Restriction

  • Residents may water between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Properties with odd numbered addresses can water on odd numbered calendar days
  • Properties with even numbered addresses can water on even numbered calendar days

For more information visit Water Restrictions 

Contact Us

General Water Inquiries 519-599-3131 x. 284  Water Services 

Landscape Watering Permit - Infrastructure & Public Works Department 519-599-3131 x. 276  Infrastructure and Public Works Department

The agenda for the Town of The Blue Mountains Committee of the Whole Meeting on April 29, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 1:00 p.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

Conserving our vital water supply is a priority across the Community

Get your Rain Barrel through Blue Mountains Animal Shelter for $55.
Order online at www.rainbarrel.ca/bluemountains and pick-up your barrel Saturday June 8th outside of Town Hall.

The Town’s Outdoor Watering Restrictions begin June 1st.  Please contact the Water Department for more information. 

For more information regarding your Rain Barrel please contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

The revised agenda for the Town of The Blue Mountains Council Meeting on April 24, 2019 is available.

Please note the revision is related to the Agricultural Advisory Committee at B.ii) and G.2.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar

The Beaver Valley Outreach (BVO) is currently accepting applications for the following positions: 

For more information, please visit: http://www.bvo.ca/employment-opportunities.cfm

This notice is for residents of the Town of The Blue Mountains who are supplied with Municipal water. Please be advised that the annual flushing of fire hydrants and watermains is currently underway.

This is a routine maintenance procedure carried out in the Spring and Fall to ensure proper fire hydrant operation and water quality throughout the water distribution system. Lower water pressure due to hydrant flushing may be experienced in some areas. 

Minor water discolouration may occur periodically and can be rectified by letting faucets run until clear.

For more information please contact:

Water and Wastewater Inquiries  
Town of The Blue Mountains

The Agenda is available for the Grey County - The Blue Mountains Task Force Meeting on April 16, 2019.

Please note the start time is 1:30 p.m. and the location is the Bay Room, Grey County Administration Building, Owen Sound.

For additonal details, visit the Council Calendar.

Health Survey Opportunity in The Blue Mountains

Statistics Canada, in partnership with the Government of Canada, is performing the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS).  This survey will collect physical measurements from Canadians aged 3 to 79, across the country.  Data from this survey will:

  • Provide Canadians with accurate and comprehensive information on the health of the population
  • Highlight current issues and identify future challenges to health and health care
  • Provide researchers and health professionals an important source of data that is not available elsewhere

The process includes an in-home interview with a Statistics Canada interviewer (approximately 1 hour) and a visit to a mobile clinic.

A mobile clinic has been setup in Town of The Blue Mountains until May 15, 2019 and will be located at the Beaver Valley Community Centre – 58 Alfred Street West in Thornbury.

For more information or to participate in the survey, please contact:

Statistics Canada

Toll-free:1-888-253-1087

Email: statcan.chms-ecms.statcan@canada.ca  

TTY: 1-866-753-7083

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/chms

Speaker Series event, hosted in partnership by the Town of The Blue Mountains, Town of Collingwood, Municipality of Meaford, and the Town of Wasaga Beach, and regional partners, features the topic: Building a Community of the Future by Attracting the Leaders of Tomorrow

Attracting the Leaders of Tomorrow - A Business in Motion Speaker Series

 

Theme includes:

  • How can we rank as a top YouthFullCity community?
  • Creating a Youthful Infrastructure
  • What makes for a word class community with youthful attitudes?

Keynote Speaker: Robert Barnard

  • 25+ years working with youth all around the world
  • Co-Founder of YouthfulCities.com

Local experts and leaders will discuss how we can work together to make our communities more youth-friendly and rank as a top YouthfulCity.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 8:30am - 11:00am 
Location: Marsh Street Centre - 187 Marsh Street, Clarksburg

Tickets are $30 - please note: Limited seating! Tickets will not be available at the door.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: https://bim2019.eventbrite.ca

Bridges 2 & 3 (6th Sideroad) and Bridge 13 (Heathcote Bridge)

The Town of The Blue Mountains is beginning an environmental assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act to determine the preferred method of improvement to address structural condition and roadway safety at Bridge 13 – Main Street crossing a tributary of the Beaver River in Heathcote in Town of The Blue Mountains. 

The Town of the Blue Mountains is also beginning an environmental assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act to determine the preferred method of improvement to address structural condition, roadway safety and ability to convey creek flows at Bridges 2 & 3 – 6th Sideroad crossing Mill Creek near the hamlet known as Little Germany in Town of The Blue Mountains.

For more information on these EA's please visit the project webpage:  Bridge 2, 3, and 13 - Environmental Assessments 

If you would like to be added or removed from our project maililng list or if you have a project related question, please contact the Town via the contact form below: 

Manager of Solid Waste & Special Projects 
519-599-3131 x 238 


 

 

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation aims to provide more affordable rental, entry-level ownership, and seniors residence opportunities to support local workers, families, and seniors as they live, work, and play in the Town of The Blue Mountains.

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation (BMAHC) is taking the next steps to create more attainable housing in the Town of The Blue Mountains. Since its creation in 2014, BMAHC has created two programs, a down payment assistance program and a grants program for secondary suites. BMAHC is now taking action to expand its reach to help develop attainable housing stock in the municipality.

BMAHC will look to the successful Whistler Housing Authority example and use various models for the creation of new permanent, attainable housing for working households and seniors. BMAHC will help build a sustainable community in the Town by focusing on year-round and seasonal rental markets, as well as entry-level home ownership to support the needs of families, seniors, and local workers.

“This is an exciting action plan for BMAHC that will get new attainable housing stock built and will lay the foundation for additional attainable rental and ownership stock in our community,” said BMAHC Chair Rob Sampson.

A recent survey funded by the Government of Ontario titled, “Creating Attainable Housing in South Georgian Bay”, found that housing is becoming increasingly out of reach for the local workforce. 60% of respondents indicated they would live in the area permanently if housing were affordable. Local workers, families, and seniors want to live in the area, but are unable to do so due to housing prices.
BMAHC is taking steps to solve these challenges. Through a competitive procurement process, BMAHC has selected StrategyCorp, an Ontario-based strategy firm, to support the corporation in building the in- house capacity to develop more attainable housing and to lead a procurement process for housing developments.

BMAHC will be engaging the public and council as they go through this process to ensure that its plans and developments are guided by local input.

“Council is supportive of the work being undertaken by the Attainable Housing Corporation. Council will work closely with the Housing Corporation’s Board to engage the public in addressing housing needs in our community,” Mayor Alar Soever noted.

Public engagement opportunities will be posted to the Attainable Housing Corporation’s website (http://thebluemountainshousing.ca/) and advertised within the local media.

About The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation
The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation was established as a not-for-profit in January 2014 to augment the supply of healthy and sustainable ownership housing units that are affordable to a larger portion of the population. Its goal is to support the creation of more affordable housing opportunities for those living in the vibrant, diverse community of The Blue Mountains.

About StrategyCorp
StrategyCorp’s multi-disciplinary team of strategists provides advisory services to private, public, broader public sector, and non-profit clients in complex political, financial, regulatory, and public process environments. What sets StrategyCorp apart from other consultancies is its ability to help clients create conditions for success through the integration of business analytical capabilities with a deep understanding of external public affairs and communications environments.

For more information, contact The Attainable Housing Corporation.

Media Release

The Agenda is available for the April 16, 2019 Special Meeting of Council at 8:00 a.m.

For additional details visit the Council Calendar.

The Agenda is available for the April 17, 2019 CAO Hiring Sub-Committee of Council Meeting at 9:00 a.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents and business owners that the spring road cleanup is scheduled to start within the coming weeks, depending upon weather conditions.

As daily temperatures being to climb, crews will start to pick up winter sand, clean catch basins, repair road and boulevard damage, fix signs and complete a variety of other spring maintenance tasks.

Please be patient with the cleanup process as the Town has over 500 kilometers of roadsides to maintain. As a result, cleanup efforts will be ongoing until mid-May. Please keep in mind that some activities such as street sweeping are weather dependent. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure & Public Works
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Road Closure: Elma Street North, closed for reconstruction.

Date: April 15, 2019 until May 17, 2019
Between: Arthur Street West (HWY 26) and King Street West

A map of the area can be found here: Click to Open

Road Closure

 

Notice- Grand Opening Celebration for the Daisy Market & Refillery

On behalf of Council, Mayor Soever would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Cassidy Holt for the grand opening of her business Daisy Market + Refillery.

Mayor Soever, members of Council, and BIA representatives along with friends and family celebrated the grand opening of the Daisy Market + Refillery with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“It’s great to see a new and progressive business open within our community” explained Mayor Soever. “The success of small business is extremely important for the Town of The Blue Mountains economy. On behalf of Council, I wish Cassidy the best of success within her business.”

Daisy Market + Refillery features all natural, small batch beauty and eco-friendly lifestyle products. The refillery is a new addition to the store where customers can bring their own jar or container and purchase a variety of products including: lotions, shampoos, conditioners, soap, cleaning liquids, and toothpaste. The goal of the refillery is to reduce the amount of single use plastics within the community.

Daisy Market + Refillery is located at 8 Louisa St E. in downtown Thornbury. To learn more, please visit: www.daisymarket.ca

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

http://www.daisymarket.ca

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is seeking public feedback on the Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities: Discussion Paper, which expands upon commitments in Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The paper poses questions that will help guide future decision-making to divert more waste from landfill.

Currently, Ontario generates nearly a tonne of waste per person every year and our overall diversion rate has stalled below 30% over the last 15 years. Ontario needs to reduce the amount of waste we generate and divert more waste from landfill through proven methods like Ontario’s curbside Blue Box Program, existing and emerging municipal green bin programs and other waste recovery options. Existing and emerging technologies are increasingly allowing us to recover and recycle materials back into our economy rather than sending them to landfill. This is helping us to better protect our communities and keep our air, land and water clean and healthy.

The discussion paper sets out goals, actions and performance measures and outlines how we will:

  • decrease the amount of waste going to landfill
  • increase the province’s overall diversion rate.

The discussion paper provides more details on the actions and commitments related to waste that were outlined in the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The feedback on the discussion paper will help the province to move forward with a clear, comprehensive and outcome-based approach to reducing litter and waste in our communities while keeping this province clean and beautiful for future generations.

Eight areas for action

The discussion paper outlines eight key areas for action:

  1. prevent and reduce litter in our neighbourhoods and parks
  2. increase opportunities for Ontarians to reduce and divert waste at home, at work and on the go
  3. make producers responsible for the waste generated from their products and packaging
  4. reduce and divert food and organic waste from households and businesses
  5. reduce plastic waste going into landfills and waterways
  6. provide clear rules for compostable products and packaging
  7. recover the value of resources in waste
  8. support competitive and sustainable end-markets for Ontario’s waste

These eight areas of action are the steps we will take to make waste reduction, reuse, and recycling easier for the people of Ontario, not only at home or at work, but throughout our communities.

Purpose of policy

We developed the discussion paper to seek feedback from the public on how we propose to implement waste commitments included in Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The feedback will be used to inform future waste management policy.

Other public consultation opportunities

We used input we received through the following methods to help us develop the discussion paper:

  • public and stakeholder feedback on the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan (013-4208)
  • one-on one meetings with interested and affected stakeholders

For more information, please visit: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4689

https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4689

April 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Town Hall

The Blue Mountains Council will be holding a Public Meeting to allow the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed updates to the Purchasing of Goods and Services Policy, POL.COR.07.05.

A summary of the proposed updates includes the provision of electronic bidding and minor administrative updates. Details of the proposed changes are included in Staff Report FAF.19.040.

Notice is hereby given that the Council of The Corporation of the Town of The Blue Mountains, at its regularly scheduled Council Meeting on June 3, 2019 intends to adopt the proposed Purchasing of Goods and Services Policy and By-law.

Public Meeting Notice

April 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Town Hall

The Town of The Blue Mountains Council will hold a Public Meeting to receive comments on the proposed changes to the Town Special Event By-law 2013-39. The Special Event By-law sets out the rules that regulate special events taking place within the Town of The Blue Mountains.

Staff Report CSPW.19.011 “Updates to the Town’s Special Event Bylaw 2013-39” provides additional information regarding the proposed changes.

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Town of The Blue Mountains, at its regularly scheduled Council Meeting on June 3, 2019, intends to adopt a new Special Event By-law and repeal the previous Special Event By-law 2013-39.

Public Meeting Notice

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment on April 17, 2019

Public Notice

The Town of The Blue Mountains will be receiving a one-time payment of $642,347 from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

In a letter to Mayor Soever, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing explained that “While this investment is unconditional, it is intended to help modernize service delivery and reduce future costs through investments in projects such as: service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, and capital investments.”

The allocation amount was based on a formula that took into consideration the number of households within the Town of The Blue Mountains and whether the municipality is urban or rural.

 “This is timely in light of the Province of Ontario’s decision to review the governance, decision-making, and service delivery functions of eight regional municipalities including Simcoe County,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “Although we are located in Grey County, the Town and its citizens have a number of existing linkages such as health care, policing and transportation with Simcoe County and in particular the Town of Collingwood. This funding will be of great assistance for the Town as we work with Strategy Corp to identify, review and consider new service delivery models which can build on these ties and increase the efficiency and value of services to local residents.”

For more information, please contact:

Mayor Alar Soever
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The following information has been posted to the Town website upon request from the Species at Risk Program. 

This email is to inform you that the Governor in Council (GiC) is anticipating publishing in Canada Gazette, Part I on March 23, 2019 its intentions regarding whether or not to list a number of aquatic species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The Receipt Order referring these species to the GiC for consideration is anticipated to be published in Canada Gazette, Part II on March 20, 2019.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has previously consulted with you on the potential listing of one or more of these species that may be of interest to you.  We wish to take this opportunity to further engage you in the next steps of the process. 

We therefore invite you to review the Regulatory Impact Statement Analysis (RIAS) once published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, which provides additional information and the rationale for the proposed decision whether or not to list for each of these species. Public comments may be made on the proposed listing decisions for 30-days following publication of the proposed decisions using the contact information provided in the RIAS. 

For further information on aquatic species at risk, you may also wish to view Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Aquatic Species at Risk website or the Species at Risk Public Registry.

Aquatic species for which listing decisions are being proposed by the Governor in Council under the Species at Risk Act:

Species

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) Classification

Province

Fish

1. Bull Trout (South Coast British Columbia)

Special Concern

British Columbia

2. Bull Trout (Western Arctic)

Special Concern

Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta

3. Channel Darter (St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

4. Cutlip Minnow

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

5. Giant Threespine Stickleback

Special Concern

British Columbia

6. Lake Sturgeon (Southern Hudson Bay - James Bay)

Special Concern

Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec

7. Northern Sunfish (Great Lakes - St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

8. Silver Lamprey (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

9. Unarmoured Threespine Stickleback

Special Concern

British Columbia

10. Black Redhorse

Threatened

Ontario

11. Bull Trout (Saskatchewan - Nelson Rivers)

Threatened

Alberta

12. Plains Minnow

Threatened

Saskatchewan

13. Pugnose Minnow

Threatened

Ontario

14. Pugnose Shiner

Threatened

Ontario

15. Rainbow Smelt (Lake Utopia Large-Bodied)

Threatened

New Brunswick

16. Salish Sucker

Threatened

British Columbia

17. Silver Shiner

Threatened

Ontario

18. Channel Darter (Lake Erie)

Endangered

Ontario

19. Channel Darter (Lake Ontario)

Endangered

Ontario

20. Rainbow Trout (Athabasca River)

Endangered

Alberta

21. Silver Chub (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence)

Endangered

Ontario

22. Spotted Gar

Endangered

Ontario

23. Striped Bass (St. Lawrence River)

Endangered

Quebec, Atlantic Ocean

Mollusc

 

24. Eastern Pondmussel

Special Concern

Ontario

25. Mapleleaf (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario

26. Rainbow

Special Concern

Ontario

27. Mapleleaf (Saskatchewan - Nelson River)

Threatened

Manitoba

28. Threehorn Wartyback

Threatened

Ontario

29. Fawnsfoot

Endangered

Ontario

30. Hickorynut

Endangered

Ontario, Quebec

31. Lilliput

Endangered

Ontario

32. Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel

Endangered

British Columbia

 

 

 

 

ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS OF ENBRIDGE GAS INC. (FORMERLY ENBRIDGE GAS DISTRIBUTION INC. AND UNION GAS LIMITED)

Enbridge Gas Inc. has applied to raise its natural gas rates effective April 1, 2019 to recover costs associated with the Federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.

Learn more. Have your say.

The Ontario Energy Board approved the amalgamation of Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Union Gas Limited in August 2018. The companies have amalgamated to form Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge Gas).Enbridge Gas has applied to the Ontario Energy Board for approval to increase rates to recover costs associated with meeting its obligations under the Federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (Act). The Act establishes a carbon pricing program under which Enbridge Gas is required to pay a carbon charge to the federal government for volumes of natural gas that Enbridge Gas delivers to customers starting April 1, 2019. The Act also imposes other obligations on Enbridge Gas related to emissions from the operation of its natural gas distribution system starting January 1, 2019.If the application is approved as filed, the bill of a typical residential customer within the former Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Union Gas Limited rate zones will increase by the following amounts per year:

Rate Zone Residential Annual Bill Increase
Enbridge Gas $93.93
Union South $86.21
Union North $86.18

Other customers, including small businesses, would also be affected.\

THE ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD IS HOLDING A PUBLIC HEARING
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) will hold a public hearing to consider Enbridge Gas’ request. We will also hear questions and arguments from individual customers and from groups that represent Enbridge Gas’ customers. At the end of this hearing, the OEB will decide what rate change will be allowed. The OEB is an independent and impartial public agency. We make decisions that serve the public interest. Our goal is to promote a financially viable and efficient energy sector that provides you with reliable energy services at a reasonable cost.

BE INFORMED AND HAVE YOUR SAY
You have the right to information regarding this application and to be involved in the process.

• You can review Enbridge Gas’ application on the OEB’s website now.

• You can file a letter with your comments, which will be considered during the hearing.

• You can become an active participant (called an intervenor). Apply by March 13, 2019 or the hearing will go ahead without you and you will not receive any further notice of the proceeding.

• At the end of the process, you can review the OEB’s decision and its reasons on our website.

LEARN MORE
Our file number for this case is EB-2018-0205. To learn more about this hearing, find instructions on how to file letters or become an intervenor, or to access any document related to this case, please enter the file number EB-2018-0205 on the OEB website: www.oeb.ca/notice. You can also phone our Consumer Relations Centre at 1-877-632-2727 with any questions.

ORAL VS. WRITTEN HEARINGS
There are two types of OEB hearings – oral and written. The OEB will determine at a later date whether to proceed by way of a written or oral hearing. If you think an oral hearing is needed, you can write to the OEB to explain why by March 13, 2019.

PRIVACY
If you write a letter of comment, your name and the content of your letter will be put on the public record and the OEB website. However, your personal telephone number, home address and email address will be removed. If you are a business, all your information will remain public. If you apply to become an intervenor, all information will be public. This rate hearing will be held under section 36 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998, S.O. 1998, c.15 (Schedule B).

Meeting Cancelled- Please note that the rescheduled public meeting for Windfall Phase 4, 5 & 6 has been cancelled at the request of the developer. The meeting will be rescheduled and posted to the Town website.

The County and Town are seeking input on development applications within 120 metres of your property that propose to enable the planned development of 145 single detached and 262 semi-detached dwelling units in Phase 4, 5 and 6 at the Windfall community.  The proposed development represents an overall increase from the permitted 609 units in the Windfall community to 680 units.  (Increase of 71 additional units).  The proposed increase in total units does not create any additional lots.  The additional units are created by increasing the ratio of semi-detached units to single detached units.
SITE:     Blocks 38, 40, 44, 45, 47, 60 Registered Plan 16M-42, Part of Lot 16, Concession 1, Town of The Blue Mountains
 

Rescheduled Public Meeting Notice - Windfall Phase 4, 5 & 6

Public Meeting Cancellation

The agenda for the Council Meeting of March 11, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 7:00 p.m.

For addional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

Please be advised that half load restrictions are now in effect for a variety of roads within the Town of The Blue Mountains, pursuant to By-Law No. 2010-54. Where Axle Weight Restrictions signs are in place, the By-Law is in full force and effect.

Half load restrictions may be extended beyond May 31, 2019 dependent upon the weather and road conditions.

To view a detailed map of the roads with reduced load restrictions, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=756

Axle Weight Exemption Application Form
To request a copy of the Axle Weight Exemption Application Form please contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department using the contact information below. 

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure & Public Works
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

This Public Notice is being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on March 20, 2019

Committee of Adjustment Notice of Public Meeting #A05-2019 (Lamperstorfer)

Minor Variance #A05-2019 (Lamperstorfer)

This Public Notice is being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on March 20, 2019

Committee of Adjustment Notice of Public Meeting #A04-2019 (Bay Growers Inc)

Minor Variance #A04-2019 (Bay Growers Inc)

This Public Notice is being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on March 20, 2019

Committee of Adjustment Notice of Public Meeting #A03-2019 (Posey)

Minor Variance #A03-2019 (Posey)

This Public Notice is being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on March 20, 2019

Committee of Adjustment Notice of Public Meeting - B01-2019 (Wells)

 

B01-2019 (Wells)

The Town has received an Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications. The Town has deemed the applications to be complete however no public meeting has been scheduled to-date.

The purpose of these applications is to consider a development proposal for a proposed waterski wakeboard cable park and associated buildings and structures.

Notice of Complete Application - Wakeboard Park

For more information contact Planning Services.

Public Notices

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