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Regular Council Meeting Highlights - October 19, 2021

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Kawartha LakesThe following are highlights from the Regular Council Meeting on October 19, 2021.

FLATO request for support to Minister’s Zoning Order
FLATO Lindsay Corporation Inc., (FLATO) recently submitted a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) to the province in regards to 115 hectares of land immediately east of the Lindsay urban settlement area. The purpose of the MZO application is to request zoning changes as well as land and infrastructure commitment at the same time as they undertake all necessary steps required in the planning approval process. Council received and supported the report as written with the addition that staff and FLATO create a development agreement to be reviewed by Council no later than January 2022.

Long Term Financial Plan Update
The Treasurer gave a presentation on the Long Term Financial plan at the October 5 meeting, and asked Council to support raising the debt servicing ratio, otherwise known as a debt ceiling, from 6.3 percent of City revenue to 7.5 percent to support the municipality's needs into the future. This would service all tax supported capital projects, water-wastewater projects and KLH Housing Corporation's affordable housing projects. On October 19, Council asked staff to return with options for a fixed debt ceiling. A report will come back before the end of the year.

Budget 2022

The 2022 Budget process is well underway. Key dates to watch:

Special Council Meetings: Budget

October 26, 1pm - Agencies and Boards of Council will present 2022 budget requests.

November 18, 6:30pm - Public Meeting for budget overview, electronic format

November 5 - Proposed Budget posted online

November 30, 9am - Capital Budget deliberations (resuming Dec. 1 at 9am if needed)

December 7, 9am - Operating, Special Projects and Water-Wasterwater budgets deliberations (resuming Dec. 8 at 9am if needed)

Follow along at: www.kawarthalakes.ca/budget

Decision Units: On October 5, Council brought forward memos regarding several decision units for Budget. These are available with the October 5 Council meeting agenda.  Councillor Veale clarified on October 19 that he is seeking a report on the feasibility of bringing the Woodville test well online to service the area. Costs involved will be considered as a decision unit. Staff will provide costs for all requests as decision units to be deliberated on November 30 and December 7.

Amendments to No Parking Zones
Council recently adopted a resolution directing staff to amend the By-Law to Regulate Parking regarding the municipality’s No Parking Zones. Municipal Law Enforcement brought forward the amendments to the No Parking Zones and Council passed them, to be effective immediately.

To watch the full Regular Council Meeting on October 19, please visit the City of Kawartha Lakes YouTube.

Next Council meeting: Committee of the Whole, November 2, 2021
Please note this meeting will begin at 10am to 12pm, resuming at 1pm after lunch break.

10am-12pm: The project team for the Fenelon Falls Second Crossing will make a presentation on options presented and public feedback. Staff will come back to Council, with further suggestions to address concerns regarding the proposed amendments to the Dock Encroachment Policy.

1pm: Public Meeting in order to consider amendments to the City of Kawartha Lakes Building By-law. This is a By-law under the Building Code Act respecting permits and related matters, passed under Section 7(6) of The Building Code Act.

Full agenda will be available online on October 27 at www.kawarthalakes.ca/councilcalendar.

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