Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 14 - December 16 2015

 Volume 14, December 16, 2015 Facebook icon Facebook   Twitter icon Twitter   YouTube logo YouTube 
Town Council received the first draft of the Town's new Official Plan at its December 14 meeting, following the first public engagement session held on December 7 at the Court House.  Approximately 75 residents attended and provided their input on the draft Plan.

An electronic copy of the proposed new draft Official Plan is available for review on the Town's MyPlanNOTL webpage and hard copy documents can be viewed at the Town Municipal Offices, Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, and Queenston Community Centre. Written comments regarding this first draft should be submitted no later than January 15, 2016.

At its meeting on December 14, Council approved the Town’s operating and capital budgets for the coming year.  The operating levy has been set at $9,171,613 and the 2016 capital budget is $8,030,350, with a 10-year capital forecast of $62,160.021.  Using a typical property assessment of $419,575, this represents an approximate $10.87 or 1.12% increase to the municipal portion of the property tax bill. This increase may be further reduced once the final assessment amount is known.

Niagara Region Update
Regional Councillor Gary Burroughs made a delegation at the December 14 Council meeting and advised that Regional Council approved a zero percent increase to its 2016 tax supported operating budget. Regional Councillor Burroughs also provided Council with an update on other Regional projects in Niagara-on-the-Lake and answered questions of Council members.

This year’s discretionary grant recipients have been approved by Council. The grant budget was increased according to the Consumer Price Index of 0.9% to nearly $300,000 distributed to various local groups and organizations as recommended by the Discretionary Grant Committee.  A full list of grant applications and decisions is available in the staff report located on the Town’s website.

council business
At its December 14, 2015, meeting, Town Council approved:

The annual indexing of Cash-in-Lieu of Parking at $22,161 per stall, being a 1.8% increase effective January 1, 2016.

The annual indexing of Development Charge fees with a fee increase of 1.8% effective January 1, 2016.

The appointment of Odgers Berndston Canada Inc. to conduct the search for a Chief Administrative Officer.


Councillor Disero - That staff assess and report back to Council on the impacts of current "as of right" height regulations and lot size when applied to new house construction for existing development lots and potential new lot creation in the Established Residential areas across Niagara-on-the-Lake.​

- That staff contact the Langs Community Health Hub in
Cambridge to arrange a tour for members of Town Council and Senior Management Team to gain a better understanding of what a health hub is, the process involved, and the role the municipality should play in the development of a health hub in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

- That Council endorse a Town of Fort Erie resolution to support urging the Province to reverse its new policy restricting the number of family physicians who can join the Family Health Networks and Organizations.

- That staff report back on a communications plan to advertise specialized transit offered by Niagara Region and that BTS Network Inc. assist residents with mobility issues to obtain transportation to medical appointments, education facilities and employment.

- That staff report on the possibility of issuing visitor passes, notwithstanding the fact that permit holders would have to follow all maximum parking allowance for meters, and look at options to increase the parking inventory in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Old Town, for residents, employees and guests.

- The designation of Chapman Saltbox, 87 Ball Street, and Miss Young's School, 630 King Street, as being of cultural heritage value or interest.

NOTL Transit Logo_sm.pngNOTL TRANSIT HOLIDAY SCHEDULE - Residents are encouraged to take note of Niagara-on-the-Lake Transit's Holiday Schedule. There will be no service on December 25 (Christmas Day), December 26 (Boxing Day), December 27 (Sunday as usual), and January 1 (New Year’s Day). NOTL Transit will operate with its regular schedule on December 24 (Christmas Eve), December 28-31 (including New Year's Eve), and will resume its regular operation on January 2. For further information, please contact or call 905-468-3266.

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  AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL FLAG RAISING - Representatives of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Amnesty International group visited the Town Municipal Offices on November 30 at 10:00 a.m. to raise their flag in support of Amnesty International and International Human Rights Day on December 10. Visit for more information.  
SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS - The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and TD Niagara Jazz Festival will present the final 'Sounds of Christmas' at Simcoe Park on Saturday, December 19, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Admission is free. Bring your own chair and beverages; limited picnic benches are available. Attendees are also encouraged to consider patronizing our local food and beverage retailers. For more information, contact Kevin Turcotte at 905-468-3266 or Come out and celebrate the holidays!
YOUTH HOLIDAY CAMP - The NOTL Community Centre will present a Youth Holiday Camp from December 21-23 & 28-30 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Programs will include theme days, group games, gym activities, crafts, and more for ages 5-12 years with a maximum of 20 kids per day. Sign up online or contact or 905-468-4386 for more information.
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