Mono Council asked to approve truck & farm vehicle operation on Hwy. 89

August 23, 2019   ·   0 Comments

At its meeting on July 30, Mono Council deferred making a decision on an application by Full Throttle Truck & Farm Vehicle Sales & Service to erect a facility at Violet Hill.

The application was to build a small truck and farm vehicle sales and service facility on Highway 89 at 3rd Line EHS. 

Council’s decision to defer action came after a planning consultant provided a detailed review of the application that had first come before Council in May 2018. At that time, Council gave Full Throttle an opportunity to revise the application in order to address concerns that both Council and area residents had. 

The current application proposes to limit the size and number of vehicles to be serviced. The planning consultant spoke to a number of potential concerns including noise, dust and traffic. He asked that Council defer making a decision in order that they could address a number of concerns recently raised by Dufferin County. Council referred the application back to the Planning, Environment, & Natural Heritage Committee.

At the same meeting, Council passed a new Development Charges Bylaw. The bylaw is updated every five years to ensure that the charges reflect the current costs incurred by new development. 

Development charges in Mono are levied against most new residential, commercial and industrial development. Development charges ensure that the costs to service growth are borne by the developer, not existing ratepayers.

Under the revised bylaw, new single and semi-detached residential dwellings will be charged $11,854 per dwelling, and non-residential development will be charged $6.52 per square foot. The draft of the Development Charges Bylaw can be found online. 

Following a site visit by Council to Island Lake Family Park two weeks earlier, Council directed staff to make a number of refinements to the proposed park design. Council will consider the draft park designs on August 27th. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the revised site plans during a public meeting on September 10  at Town Hall, 7:00 p.m.

The results of an online survey the town conducted between May 22 and June 28 were presented to Council. The survey solicited feedback from Mono residents regarding the tools and means they would prefer to use to engage in meaningful dialogue with the Town.  It also sought to gauge the overall level of satisfaction with the existing tools the Town employs to support this dialogue. Council requested the draft Citizen Engagement Charter be brought back at an upcoming council meeting.

Council’s Planning, Environment and Natural Heritage Committee submitted comments on a proposed Community Standards Bylaw.. Council referred the bylaw to staff to revise the draft with consideration to the committee’s recommendations and feedback from Council.

Council approved an application by Orangeville Christian School to add two portable classrooms. The school, at 553281 County Road 16, will be placing the portables on the west side of the existing school building.

The Town’s Bike and Hike Trail Network Working Group presented a report that proposes an active transportation system that would provide a connected trail system for both cycling and walking, suitable for commuting and for recreation, in the south end of Mono.

The working group presented a network of three trails in the residential areas in the southern part of town, each of which has the potential to connect with Orangeville’s bicycle trail network. A public meeting to discuss the proposed plans will be held at Monora Park on September 11th at 7 p.m.

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