COUNCIL NEWS

FROM THE JUNE 29, 2020 COUNCIL MEETING

 

DECLARATION FOR CANADIAN COALITION OF INCLUSIVE MUNICIPALITIES

The Niagara Region has invited all 12 municipalities to join in signing this declaration and participating in a media event as one Niagara. To participate, each municipality has to pass a motion of support. The Township of West Lincoln unanimously passed a resolution of support to sign the declaration. Diversity, equity and inclusion matter to all and this is a step in working supportively together to tackle racism and discrimination and promote human rights and diversity.

HIGHRIVER DEVELOPMENTS - WITHDRAWAL

Township staff were notified that rezoning application 1601-020-19 made by Highriver Developments for a 4 storey apartment building on 255 Station Street has been withdrawn by the applicant and this specific proposal will no longer be pursued.

SIGN BY-LAW

Council adopted a Sign By-law to regulate the erection of signs on any and all properties within the boundaries of the Township and also prohibits signage which constitutes a danger or hazard to the public, any business signs on residential lands, any sign located obstructing the view of any pedestrian or motor vehicle driver so as to cause an unsafe condition and abandoned signs. The by-law outlines specific setbacks for the installation of various signs, provides for permit fees for signage as well as set fines and penalties for not following the sign by-law.

TEMPORARY BULK WATER ACCOUNTS

Council approved an amendment to By-law 2004-42, a by-law to regulate the Supply of Water and to Provide for the imposition and Collection of Water Rates, by adding in a definition for “Bulk Water Customer” and amending Schedule C, to include a new non-refundable, taxable $40.00 administration fee upon activation of temporary bulk water accounts, which will help offset staff time and resource costs incurred by the Township.

PLANNING FEES

Council approved an amendment to By-law 2011-28 (Appendix A - Schedule of Fees) which came into effect July 1, 2020 in order to split up the Subdivision, Condominium and Development Agreement fee to better align the fee amount to staff time and resources.

TEMPORARY PATIOS

Council approved a blanket resolution of support for such licensed establishments to open and operate patios temporarily and includes extending patios for the duration of 2020 subject to the following;

  • That the Fire Chief and Chief Building Official are satisfied that appropriate operational criteria are satisfied, and;
  • That the patio is designed such that all physical distancing measures will be complied with along with any public health guidelines as ordered, and;
  • That proper site design techniques are used in order to ensure proper separation of the licensed areas from the parking areas and other non-compatible uses.

NAMING OF REGIONAL ROAD 24 AS VICTORIA AVENUE

Council passed a by-law to officially name Regional Road 24 as Victoria Avenue in order to correct an issue that was brought to staffs attention by Regional Survey and Mapping Staff that had discovered 29 property addresses in their system where the street name is Vineland Townline Road and not Victoria Avenue.