This week features the first, and likely the shortest, meeting for the 2018-2022 Middlesex Centre Council.
Here is the full agenda which, as you can see, should be very short. The Councillors-Elect have already been provided an opportunity to say which boards and committees they would like to sit on, and you can see that we did very well recruiting citizens for the various boards as well! This first meeting serves only to:
- Swear in the new Council members
- Appoint Council members and residents to the various boards and committees
- To appoint the Committee of Adjustment (all of Council) and the committee’s Chair
- Confirm and ratify the prior two items
If all goes well, I will be Middlesex Centre’s representative at the Bluewater Recycling Assocation, and I’m hoping to be appointed Chair of the Committee of Adjustment as well.
What is the Committee of Adjustment? As per the City of Toronto’s website, “The Planning Act grants authority to Municipal Councils to appoint committees to approve a number of minor applications. Section 45 of the Planning Act permits the Committee of Adjustment to make decisions on Minor Variances from the Zoning By-law and to grant permission for altering or changing a lawful non-conforming use of land, buildings or structures. Section 53 of the Planning Act permits the Committee of Adjustment to make decisions on applications for changes to land configuration in the form of Consents.”
Councillor McMillan has led the Committee of Adjustment for the two years I have already spent on Council, and I want to continue in the example she has set for demanding respect for all parties involved, ensuring applicants understand the conditions set forth, while also introducing some small tweaks to ensure things continue to run well.
If all goes well, I think we can accomplish much together, especially with what appears to be a strong lineup of highly engaged citizens taking their respective positions on other area boards! If you have any questions, please let me know.