Home | Accessibility | Council Meeting Live Stream | Staff Directory  
Print this page click to make the content text on the page larger click to make the content text on the page larger click to make the content text on the page smaller

Newsroom

Sign up to receive news updates via email.  Subscribe today!

COVID-19 Update

Posted On: Monday, March 16, 2020

A dedicated webpage regarding COVID-19 has been created for the Town of The Blue Mountains. To view the webpage, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19.cfm

Notice - Public Meeting - Application for Zoning Amendment - 108 and 110 Deer Lane; and Proposed Telecommunications Tower - 397323 11th Line

The Notice of Public Meetings for March 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm are now available. 

For full details, please view the links below:

Notice - Public Meeting - Application for Zoning Amendment - 108 and 110 Deer Lane

Notice - Public Meeting - Proposed Telecommunications Tower - 397323 11th Line

NOTE:  Public Meetings are taking place virtually to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19.  

 

The video message linked below was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19.

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/abH0XLZbzXo

Half load restrictions come into effect on March 1, 2021.

Please be advised that half load restrictions come into effect on March 1, 2021 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, 2021 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=2824. The roads highlighted in red are subject to half load restrictions when Axle Weight Restrictions signs are in place.

Axle Weight Exemption Application Form

The Town would like to highlight that Water Delivery/Hauler Providers are eligible to apply for an exemption to the By-law for the purposes of delivering potable water. To request a copy of the Axle Weight Exemption Application Form please contact the Operations Department using the contact information below. 

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

March 4, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.

The Agenda for the March 4, 2021 Attainable Housing Corporation Board meeting is now available.

Meeting Agenda

For full meeting details, visit the Attainable Housing Corporation website.

NOTE: Board meetings are taking place virtually to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda will be read at the meeting by the Executive Assistant.

To provide comments, please contact:

32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

March 4, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.

A Leisure Activities Plan Steering Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Meeting Agenda

For full meeting details, visit the Agendas, Minutes, Reports webpage.

NOTE: Committee meetings are taking place virtually to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda will be read at the meeting by the Assistant. The meeting will be recorded and the archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

To provide comments, please contact Community Services Administration Staff

March 3, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

The March 3, 2021 Thornbury Business Improvement Area Agenda is now available.

Meeting Agenda

NOTE: Board meetings are taking place virtually to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda will be read at the meeting by the Recording Secretary. The meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

March 5, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

The Grants and Donations Committee Agenda Package for March 5, 2021 is now available.

Agenda Package

Full meeting details are available on the Agendas, Minutes, Reports webpage.

NOTE: Committee meetings are taking place virtually to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda will be read at the meeting by the Executive Assistant. The meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

To provide comments, please contact:

32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

Notice of Public Meeting (Online)

Regulate Business Licenses for Short-Term Rentals and Administration of Monetary Penalties

Public Meeting:  April 19, 2021 at 5:00  p.m. (Virtual – Online format using Microsoft Teams)

What is being proposed?

The overall objective of the proposed By-laws is to replace the existing Short-Term Accommodation Licensing regime and introduce a business licensing framework which will include Short Term Accommodations. Through the Administrative Monetary Penalties By-law, the Town will benefit from an additional enforcement mechanism to promote compliance with the Licensing By-law, and perhaps in the future, other designated By-laws.

LINK to FAF.21.020 Licensing & Short-Term Accommodation and Administrative Monetary Penalties By-Law:

FAF.21.020 Licenses for Short-Term Rentals and Administration of Monetary Penalities

Want to be notified of a decision?

You must make a request in writing if you wish a notice of any decision of Council on this proposal.

Virtual Public Meeting Information

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, this Public Meeting will be held in a virtual (online) format. You are encouraged to provide your comments or questions in writing using email or regular letter mail to the Town Clerk in advance of the Public Meeting.  Written comments will be circulated to Council. Comments received at least one (1) day in advance of the Public Meeting (by April 16, 2021 by 10am) will be read by the Town Clerk at the Public Meeting.  

Anyone wishing to speak on this matter at the Virtual Public Meeting is encouraged to pre-register early, and no later than five (5) days in advance of the Meeting (by April 14, 2021 at 10am). For those without a computer, a dial-in number is available.

Contact the Town Clerk to pre-register or submit comments to townclerk@thebluemountains.ca  or by calling the Town at 519-599-3131 extension 232 or Fax: (519) 599-7723

Comments by mail to: Town Clerk, Town Hall, 32 Mill St. Box 310, Thornbury ON, N0H 2P0

What happens at a Public Meeting?

The public meeting is your chance to hear more about the proposal and make your views about it known. You may also speak at the meeting or submit written comments. Information from the public will help Council in their decision-making process, so make sure to have your say!

Any person or agency may attend the Virtual Public Meeting and/or make verbal or written comments either in support or in opposition to the proposed amendment.

Where do I find more information about the proposal?

Visit us in Legal Services, Town Hall, during regular office hours Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or contact the Director of Legal Services for this file.

When will a decision be made?

A decision on this proposal has NOT been made at this point and will NOT be made at the Public Meeting. After reviewing the amendments and any comments received, Town staff will bring a recommendation on this project to a future council meeting.

 

The Blue Mountains Council unanimously approved the purchase of a 32-acre property at the western edge of Thornbury for $3,450,000

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that at the February 22, 2021 Council Meeting, The Blue Mountains Council unanimously approved the purchase of a 32-acre property at the western edge of Thornbury for $3,450,000. The property located at 125 Peel Street extends to the intersection of Grey Road 113 and Highway 26.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to acquire such a well-located piece of property which has frontage on both Highway 26 and County Road 113,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The property has been considered as a strategic property of interest for a number of years by the Town. The purchase of the property by Council will enable the Town to strategically plan for community growth and provide for municipal infrastructure needs.”

Located within the Town’s Official Plan Future Secondary Planning Area, the 32-acre property has been long considered a key strategic property of interest by the Town. The close proximity to the Tomahawk Recreation Complex will provide future opportunities for both properties. In addition, this acquisition will provide the Town with an increased level of development control over the Highway 26 corridor as well as the opportunity to consider how best to utilize the property for a variety of potential uses, which are outlined as high-level suggestions in staff report FAF.21.040 Purchase of 125 Peel Street.

“We know that with future growth, there will be the need for new facilities and infrastructure,” stated Shawn Everitt, Chief Administrative Officer. “By being proactive and acquiring the property we need now, we are making a prudent investment in our future. Council has taken a proactive and strategic approach to acquire lands that provide long-term opportunities that will continue to support community growth and development and position the Town to execute upon the many strategic plans currently under development through the great work of the Committees of Council.”

For more information, please contact:

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

Town Hall will be open for public access with regular business hours and safety measures in place.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that starting on Monday, February 22, Town Hall will be open for public access with regular business hours and safety measures in place. All Council, Committee of the Whole and Committee meetings will continue to be hosted virtually until further notice. In person meetings will resume when it is safe to do so.

To promote safety for both the public and staff, physical distancing floor stickers and directional signage have been installed to guide visitors. If you plan on visiting Town Hall, please continue to maintain six feet of physical distancing while on-site and wear a facemask to help ensure the safety of others.

To help limit traffic into Town Hall, residents are reminded that online and telephone services will continue to be available. Details regarding online services can be found on the Town website by visiting: www.thebluemountains.ca/online-services.cfm

Where there is a need for an in-person meeting or for in-depth service needs, such as planning services, building services, applying for a marriage licence and the commissioning of documents, a scheduled appointment will be required as drop-in service will not be available. Scheduled appointments will be conducted virtually. To schedule an appointment, please call Town Hall at 519-599-3131 or visit the Staff Directory on the Town website to find the appropriate contact information: www.thebluemountains.ca/staff-directory.cfm

The Blue Mountains Public Library locations of the LE Shore Branch and the Craigleith Heritage Depot will be remaining on curbside pick-up and virtual services and programs at this time. BMPL will be re-evaluating the situation in early March, identifying how the end of lockdown has impacted the Town, GBHU and regional numbers. BMPL places the community and staff’s health at the forefront of all business models. All announcements will continue to be released through the Service Updates & COVID-19 page of the BMPL website.

For more information, please contact:

CAO
(519) 599-3131 ext. 234

The video message linked below was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19.

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/jyBerjCQDsw

In an effort to keep the community safe, the Town would like to remind residents and visitors to remain vigilant in the battle against COVID-19.

Earlier this week, Grey Bruce and the Town of The Blue Mountains were moved into the Yellow Stage of the Provincial framework, which allowed businesses to reopen for in-person service. In an effort to keep the community safe, the Town would like to remind residents and visitors to remain vigilant in the battle against COVID-19.

The public is reminded that the Town’s Mandatory Face Covering By-law continues to be in effect. Under the By-law, a mask or face covering must be worn inside all public establishments and enclosed public spaces within the Town’s municipal boundary. In addition, businesses in the Town have continued to implement enhanced safety measures to protect all customers. Please look for storefront signage when entering businesses and respect all business-specific public health safety measures.

“While we continue to make progress in the fight against COVID-19 in the Town of The Blue Mountains, it is important to remember that the virus is an urgent threat in our community,” says Mayor Alar Soever. “We must continue to fight COVID-19 through collective action and by following all public health guidelines including keeping visits to those within your household, washing your hands regularly, wearing a mask and staying at home whenever possible.”

Alongside wearing a mask or face covering, members of the public are reminded to follow other current public health guidelines including: avoiding unnecessary travel or travelling outside of your community, limiting contact to only those in your household, practicing physical distancing of at least 2 metres, and washing your hands regularly with soap or sanitizer for at least 20 seconds.

For more information and details on the province’s updated COVID-19 response framework, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open

To keep up-to-date with local public health guidelines, please visit: https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/COVID-19

For more information and details on the fines associated with the Mandatory Face Covering By-law, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/masks.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

The Town has initiated the process to develop a Transportation Master Plan, to plan for future transportation needs within The Blue Mountains and to better integrate with other transportation plans in the South Georgian Bay region. The plan will include a comprehensive community review to assess and develop a strategy for various modes of transportation, including cars, trucks, public transportation and active transportation, and to set out an action plan for increased public and vehicle safety in the Town, and how that connects with other municipalities in the South Georgian Bay region.

“As our community sees significant population growth, it is important that we continue to plan for sustainable development in the community and provide residents with a safe, reliable and resilient transportation system that integrates with the transportation plans of the many municipalities in the area,” says Councillor and Chair of the Transportation Committee, Rob Sampson. “This plan will develop a vision, create tangible actions and policies that will help address our community’s immediate transportations needs, while also setting a course for a sustainable and integrated transportation system in the future.”

To ensure a comprehensive approach, the project will be undertaken in phases, beginning with a community assessment that aims to identify and define transportation and land-use in the Town. Throughout each phase, community and stakeholder engagement will be fundamental to providing Town staff a detailed and robust understanding of the community’s needs and desires to be considered when identifying various actions and policies included within the finalized plan adopted by Council.

“Our transportation network serves as the backbone of our community, helping to shape and define what our community looks like and how our residents, services and goods connect throughout the Town and the greater South Georgian Bay region,” says Mayor Alar Soever. “It is imperative that as we set our community’s vision for the next 50 years, we adopt a plan that envisions sustainable transportation system through a forward-thinking, regional approach.”

To launch the project, the Town has developed a dedicated project webpage where residents and members of the public can keep engaged with the project’s details and key dates. To learn more about the Transportation Master Plan and subscribe to the project webpage, please visit: https://yourview.thebluemountains.ca/transportation-master-plan.

This project will complement the other planning processes currently being undertaken by the Town, including the Official Plan Update, Community Sustainability Plan, Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, Leisure Activities Plan, Communications Strategy, Economic Development Strategy, and the Community Improvement Plan.

For more information, please contact:

Director of Operations
(519) 599-3131 ext. 260
 
Transportation Master Plan Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to ask all residents and business owners to be mindful of not blocking or obstructing fire hydrants when clearing snow.

For your safety and the safety of your neighbours, it is important to keep hydrants clear and unobstructed so that they can be used by The Blue Mountains’ Fire Department in case of an emergency. If there is a fire hydrant in front of or adjacent to your property, please ensure the hydrant is clearly visible and unobstructed. Please help yourself, your neighbors, and your municipality, by ensuring it is kept free and clear of snow at all times. We appreciate your assistance.

For more information please contact:
Town of The Blue Mountains
Water and Wastewater Inquiries  
(519) 599-3131 ext. 284


 

The video message linked below was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19.

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/NUytGPZr36s

The Town would like to provide additional information to residents regarding changes to the parking by-law that were recently approved by Council. The amendment to the parking by-law includes the addition of parking restrictions on a number of rural roads where there has been a significant increase in on street parking.

The Town would like to clarify that the focus of the by-law amendment is to balance the needs of residents seeking access to outdoor trails and open spaces, while also meeting the requirement to address safety issues and ensure access for emergency vehicles and snowplows is maintained.

Through this effort, the Town will be installing No Parking signs at specific areas of concern and where hazard situations have been experienced and identified. This will include areas where cars commonly park on both sides of the road, where there are bends in the road, and where parking may prevent access to residential laneways.

“In many instances, cars have been parked on both sides of the street,blocking emergency vehicle and snowplow access,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The intent is not to restrict parking along entire stretches of various roads. Instead, the Town will use the newly amended parking by-law to address and install signage at key problem areas throughout the Town. This approach is only an interim measure as we work towards solving the parking issues through more permanent solutions.”

The Town would like to remind members of the public that in addition to the Town’s parking by-law, on street parking is mandated under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.

Please be considerate and help ensure community safety by adhering to parking guidelines, and do not park in any of the following locations:

  • On any street in such a manner as to obstruct traffic;
  • Within 10 meters of an intersecting roadway;
  • In front of a public or private driveway;
  • In such a position as will prevent the convenient removal of any other vehicle previously parked or standing;
  • Directly opposite another on any street where the width of the vehicular traveled portion of the street or the width of the width between curbs is less than 8.3 meters or where such standing or parking would prevent the free passage of two lines of traffic is obstructed on any street, the vehicles parked on both sides will be deemed to have violated the provisions of this section. (On narrow roads this precludes all parking directly opposite another vehicle parked on the other side of the road).

When visiting a trail or outdoor natural area in the Town, please be prepared and plan ahead for parking, and note that the amended parking by-law, alongside restrictions outlined in the Ontario Highway Traffic Act will continue to be enforced to ensure public safety. To learn about outdoor recreation opportunities throughout Grey County, please visit: https://grey.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=20fe9749709e4b7b89ea7615b27b8b15  

To view the Town’s parking By-law, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?bylaw=39

For more information, please contact:

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

March 11, 2021 from 5-7 p.m.

Notice of Public Information Centre (Virtual)

The Town will be hosting a Virtual Public Information Centre regarding the Victoria Street and Louisa Street area preliminary engineering project. The Public Information Centre will provide an update regarding the findings of the preliminary engineering for the Victoria Street and Louisa Street area and will provide an opportunity for residents to share feedback.

This project is being completed as part of the larger multi-year Thornbury West Reconstruction Phase 1 project which combined the Elma and Alice Street project, and the Victoria and Louisa Street project into one larger project known as ‘Thornbury West Reconstruction Phase 1’.

The engineering for Thornbury West Reconstruction Phase 1 project is scheduled to be completed in two stages:

  1. The first stage is preliminary engineering which will include various studies and reports as well as the consideration of options for construction. The work completed within this first stage will provide recommendations to help inform and guide the final design. Once the preliminary engineering work is complete, a Public Information Centre is conducted to update and engage residents.
  1. The second stage is final engineering which will consider the recommendations from the first stage of preliminary engineering, including the comments received during the Public Information Centre. This information will be used through the completion of the design and the management of the construction activity.

Elma and Alice Street Update

Within the project, the first area to be reconstructed is the general area of Elma and Alice Street. The preliminary engineering and the Public Information Centre for the Elma and Alice Street project has been completed. The Elma and Alice Street project is now entering the second stage of the project as detailed above.

Victoria and Louisa Street Update

The second area to be reconstructed is the general area of Victoria Street between Arthur and Alfred and Louisa Street between Bruce and Victoria. The preliminary engineering work has been completed for Victoria and Louisa Streets, and the Public Information Centre has been scheduled as detailed in this notice.

Through combining both projects into Thornbury West Phase 1, the final design and project management responsibilities have been awarded to Tatham Engineering.

The Town intends to issue a construction tender for the Thornbury West Phase 1 project in the Fall of 2021 with construction expected throughout 2022 and 2023.

For more information, please visit the Towns website at:
 
VIRTUAL PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE
A Virtual Public Information Centre (PIC) is being held to gather input from stakeholders. All those interested in the project are invited to attend the Virtual Public Open House on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 5-7 pm.
 
To register for this event and/or for additional information please contact:
 
Town of The Blue Mountains, Operations Department
Phone: (519) 519-3131 Ext. 275
 

March 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm

March 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm there will be a Public Meeting (Online) with respect to an Application for Zoning Amendment for 207484 Highway 26 and the Notice of Public Meeting is now available.  For full meeting details, see Notice - Public Meeting - Zoning Amendment - 207484 Highway 26

Public meetings are taking place virtually to assist with social distancing with respect to Covid-19.  

 

The video message linked below was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19.

Direct video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoV48pqIwE0

February 8, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

The Agenda for the February 8, 2021 Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting is now available.

Meeting Agenda

Full meeting details are available on the Agendas, Minutes, Reports webpage.

NOTE: Committee meetings are taking place virtually to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda will be read at the meeting by the Executive Assistant. The meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

To provide comments, please contact:

32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

NOTICE - Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Notice of Decision

On January 11, 2021 Council for the Town of The Blue Mountains considered Staff Report PDS.21.011.  As a result, Council has adopted two new Community Improvement Plans (CIPs).  The Notice of Decision, CIP documents, and relevant bylaws are provided below:

After both CIP’s are in full force and effect, Town staff will provide a follow-up report to Town Council in the future regarding administration of the plan and recommended funding for 2021 CIP programs.

Session rescheduled to February 10, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Notice of Committee-Led, Virtual Public Engagement Session

The Community Communications Advisory Committee is hosting a virtual Public Engagement Session to discuss highlights of the Corporate Communications Survey Results and to provide an update on the development of the Communications Strategy.

Insights from the Corporate Communications Survey will assist the Committee and staff in preparing the Communications Strategy for Council’s consideration.

In accordance with the Town’s Notice Policy, POL.COR.07.03 Notice is hereby provided that the Committee is hosting a Public Engagement Session for the purpose of reviewing with the public the results of the Corporate Communications Survey.

FAF.20.182 Corporate Communications Survey Results (note: survey results provided as Attachment 1 of the report).

Why is the Town Creating a Communications Strategy?

The Town is developing a Communications Strategy to foster greater public engagement and improve communications with its residents. The Communications Strategy is being developed by the Town's Communications Division with input from the Community Communications Advisory Committee.

Next Steps in the Communications Strategy Process

The first draft of the Communications Strategy was presented to Council on November 16, 2020. Utilizing the feedback received, the Committee and staff are working to prepare a second draft that will be presented to Council in the first quarter of 2021.

Full details are available on the Agendas, Minutes, Reports webpage.

To Pre-Register/Participate, please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains
ATTN: Executive Assistant Committees of Council
32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
519-599-3131 ext. 306

**NOTE: deadline to submit comments or request to participate is end-of-day Friday, February 5, 2021

 

Questions? Please contact:

Communications Division
519-599-3131 ext. 282

The Town prohibits overnight parking on Town streets from November 1st, 2020 to April 1st, 2021 from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Snow Plowing Restrictions

Please be advised that Town By-law No. 2014-65 indicates that no person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway, including those portions of the highway commonly referred to as the shoulder, sidewalk, walkway, pathway, boulevard or ditch, without written permission from the Director of Operations.

Parking Restrictions

Please be advised that the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990 Chap. H-8 Section 170(12) indicates that no person shall park or stand a vehicle on a roadway in such a manner as to interfere with the removal or clearing of snow from the roadway.  It should also be noted that Town By-law No. 2003-11 prohibits overnight parking on Town streets from November 1st, 2020 to April 1st, 2021 from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Let’s work together to make this a safe and enjoyable winter.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Public Notices

Visit our Public Notices page for an up to date list of Town public notices and  public information centres.