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City of Waterloo council summary

Changes intended to make many aspects of the planning process more transparent

Waterloo - The council summary below provides a snapshot of the major items presented at this evening’s council meeting.

Staff reports

Changes to the planning act in Bill 73 presented to council. The Province of Ontario’s Bill 73 speaks to changes in the Planning Act and Development Charges Act that will come into effect at a future date. The changes are intended to make many aspects of the planning process more transparent, to encourage public consultation, and to create stronger planning documents.

Staff provided council with a summary of the changes to the Planning Act, with an emphasis on those that would affect the City of Waterloo.

Light armoured vehicle (LAV)III monument approved

Council has approved a new military monument to be placed near the Waterloo Cenotaph. Canada Company has chosen the City of Waterloo as one of 250 host communities to display a light armoured vehicle III (LAV) military monument. The LAV program was put into place to reflect on the current era of Canadian history and to pay tribute to the 40,000 Canadian military personnel that served over 13 years in Afghanistan. Installation will be provided by in-kind sponsorship from a number of local service clubs, private businesses and contractors, as well as up to $28,000 to be paid from council’s contingency fund.

Agreement with CUPE Local 1542 accepted

The City of Waterloo has ratified a four-year labour agreement with CUPE Local 1542 covering the period of Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2019. The agreement includes a four-year cost of living adjustment effective Jan. 1 of each year in the following amounts: 2016: 1.7% 2017: 1.5% 2018: 1.5% 2019: 1.6% The average cost per year of the agreement is $245,000. This is within the city’s budget and inline with both the city’s recent settlement for their staff association and the trends of other current labour negotiations in Ontario.

Presentations

Planning in Waterloo Council received an overview from staff on the planning process at the city. This refresh is provided to council within each council term and includes areas of interest such as the provincial planning framework, official plan document, zoning regulations and standards, and growth statistics.

New business

Council approves ‘Tag Day’ for the Scott Wilson Air Cadets and K-W Navy League Council approved requests brought forward for a ‘Tag Day’ to be held on city property on April 16 and 17, 2016. These requests were brought forward by the Canadian Cancer Society on behalf of the Scott Wilson Air Cadets, Royal Canadian Air Cadets and the K-W navy League.

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