Today, I was very pleased and honoured to receive endorsement along with other candidates from the North Pigeon Lake Association (NPLA).
We endorse Peter Raymond for Mayor. He is a first-time Councillor from Harvey Ward. His leadership style is his distinguishing feature. It involves careful listening and a thoughtful, forward-looking, quiet-spoken and collegial approach that will best serve our community’s interests as TEAM leader going forward. He listens to his constituents, and fellow Councillors, asks difficult questions and is not afraid to re-think and admit missteps that arise as we enter a complex and rapidly changing environment for municipalities. Mr. Raymond researches each issue that comes to Council and has gained confidence in his first term in office and freely passes on that experience to the community and other Councillors. He has already demonstrated his commitment to the environment; high on the priority list of the NPLA. He has advanced a number of creative initiatives to improve consultation with the differing communities that make up Trent Lakes, also a very high priority for the NPLA.
Market & Promote our Municipality as a Safe, Caring & Vibrant Community to Live, Work & Play in the heart of the beautiful Kawarthas. Living the Dream !
The natural environment is a key motivator and attraction that drives visitors, cottagers to our region. We continue to promote, market and support our local Tourism economy with our partners, BDTA, Kawartha Chamber, Peterborough-Kawartha Tourism, Parks Canada, Ontario Parks, MNR&F, Trent Severn Waterway, Kawartha Land Trust and other agencies.
Promote as year round sustainable tourism destination, support and encourage shoulder season groups/activities.
Continuation of our very active Trent Lakes Economic Development Committee.
Continued progress with our Community Improvement Plan initiative, but also explore expansion opportunities across Trent Lakes that brings together communities in an overall harmonizing and unifying theme of one Trent Lakes.
Partner with Selwyn Township & Curve Lake First Nation with Bus Service initiative. This could be a major Game Changer !
Embrace & Support principles:
‘ Building a Community Outside the Ordinary ‘
( Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce )
We have some local developments at various stages and there are some significant external developments – 407 Extension (late 2019), potential Peterborough Passenger Train service along with Provincial & Federal legislation that will bring both Opportunities & Challenges for all of us.
CANNABIS LEGISLATION – Federal & Provincial
We continue to promote and encourage small to medium sized business ventures entrepreneurs both existing & new to consider Trent Lakes to either expand or setup shop, through Council & Economic Development committee working with Buckhorn District Tourist Association, Kawartha Chamber, Peterborough-Kawartha Economic Development, Community Futures and other agencies.
Be open to Pilot innovation / creative solutions through collaborative partnerships.
Encourage & invite community minded & environmentally friendly developers.
Ongoing improvements for planning applications & permit processes
Trent Lakes has engaged Peterborough County in the development of a new Official Plan. Public consultation & input will be key as it will be our opportunity to chart a blueprint for the future of Trent Lakes.
An Official Plan is a key document for long term growth for the Municipality. It shows where you can build homes & other structures, but it also identifies areas to preserve such as agricultural lands, and protect our lakes & rivers whilst supporting economic development and growth in a balanced and holistic manner.
The preliminary kickoff sessions were held July 2017. However, due to other legislation from the former provincial government, work has been delayed. in the background technical working meetings are in progress and it is anticipated that public consultation process will take place in the Spring 2019.
The Public are strongly encouraged to participate in the consultation process as it is of paramount importance. With the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) formerly known has Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), once an Official Plan is approved there is no appeal process for 2(two) years. So it is critical that we get it right with everyone’s constructive input.
To get Involved:
County of Peterborough Planning Department,
470 Water Street, Peterborough, ON, K9H 3M3
Peterborough Examiner article
Local Planning Appeal Tribunal
LPAT Legislation & Rules
Land Use Planning
Tourism is the mainstay of Trent Lakes and short term rentals do provide a significant economic benefit to our local economy, in particular in the summer season. There is a need to maintain the positive economic benefits that short term rentals bring to Trent Lakes, along with balanced oversight for the problematic situations involving disrespectful, disruptive landlords and renters.
I am not against property owners renting their cottage, provided they do it in a responsible manner and they educate their renters to be respectful of the neighbours and the community and abide by the bylaws eg: noise, garbage/recycling, foul language, dogs poop/scoop etc.
Most, but not all property owners and their renters are respectful and responsible, and it is those others that cause much aggravation and concern which unfortunately appears to be a growing trend. Owners are essentially renting their homes out as a ‘business’ to make a profit and don’t use it as their own recreational property. Short term rentals being rentals under 30days.
AIRB&B Community Standards – work in progress
In researching this phenomenon, many places across Ontario and throughout Canada are experiencing this issue at various levels in both Urban & Rural settings. Situations across City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton & other parts of Peterborough County have been in the media. There is a need to be Proactive !
STEP ONE: I would like to solicit public input, in partnership with our cottage associations, OPP and other groups so that bylaws and associated enforcement are balanced and reflective of the desires of our ratepayers and in the best interests of Trent Lakes.
It is an item that MUST be addressed by our NEW Council. Some actions that I would foresee are as follows: ( In no particular order )
Regulatory Review –added bylaws, strengthen existing eg: Noise, Property Standards (together with increased fines ) Limiting the number of occupants/licensing and licensing suspension. Septic inspection, property inspections, For repeat offenders shutdown, take to court as necessary
Education & Outreach with Local Associations, FOCA, OPP, Public Health,
Ongoing Monitoring other jurisdictions across Ontario & Industry developments eg: AirBnB, Homeaway Cottages & others
Track outcome of our regulatory changes and adjust as necessary to improve for effectiveness
Responses from Municipal Election Candidates – Haliburton, North Kawartha, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen and Trent Lakes
Background information who is Coalition for Equitable Water Flow (CEWF)
I was the advocate for the CEWF initiative to create the Upper Trent Water Management Partnership in 2015 and have been the Trent Lakes representative along with CEWF, Haliburton County & North Kawartha.
Prior to 2018 under the former Aggregate Resources Act (ARA)
Trent Lakes royalties from aggregate was:
6 cents/per Tonne – Private Land Quarries ONLY
As of JAN 1st, 2018 (Year 1) under the NEW amended ARA O.Reg 244/97
Trent Lakes royalties from aggregate are:
12 cents/per Tonne – for Private Land & Crown Land Quarries
JAN 1st, 2019 (Year 2) Further increases anticipated
As of JAN 1st 2020 (Year 3) fees & royalties will be indexed as follows:
• Indexing will be to the Ontario Consumer Price Index (all items, averaged over a 12-month period ending September 30 of the previous calendar year)
• The indexed amount will be rounded to one tenth of a cent
• Rates would not be indexed downward.
The Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA) acknowledge and have been willing to pay more in aggregate levy. (see attached PDF document)
OSSGA indicate following information:
For 1 km of a four lane highway it takes 1,760 truckloads of Aggregate
For a 32,000 metres square hospital it takes 3,760 truckloads of Aggregate
For 1km of subway line it takes 4,560 truckloads of Aggregate
Every Ontarian uses 14,000 TONNES of Stone, Sand & Gravel each year