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November 04, 2016
Council this Week: Highlights from the Nov 9 County Council agenda

Comments on National Housing Strategy, revised Trans Canada Trail route in Tillsonburg, and more

Review of Provincial Land Use Plans

The County’s Community & Strategic Planning Office is bringing forward on November 9 Oxford’s comments on the provincial review of four land use plans for the area bordered by Peterborough County, Simcoe County, Waterloo Region and Brant County. Although Oxford County is outside of the area, Planning notes it may still be indirectly affected by some of the proposed policies, including expansion of settlement areas; planning for transportation infrastructure; protecting employment areas; and the creation of net-zero and “complete communities” that are designed to mitigate climate change impacts.

Read Council Report CASPO 2016-257

National Housing Strategy submission

County Council will review the Human Service’s proposed submission to on the National Housing Strategy next Council meeting. Oxford’s feedback on Canada’s housing strategy advocates for a direct funding relationship between the Federal Government and municipalities; working with provincial governments to increase housing allowance for social assistance; the availability of operating dollars for people with mental health and addictions, youth, and seniors aging in place; and an accelerated focus on energy efficiency in housing stock.

Read Council Report HS 2016-09

Trans Canada Trail revised route

Construction of the Trans Canada Trail from Zenda Line to Base Line construction in Tillsonburg is progressing well with gate installation, signage and pedestrian access at bridge crossings remaining. On November 9, County Council will be asked to approve changing the route of the trail west of Zenda Line; originally planned for Oxford Road 20, it is now proposed on the former CASO rail line. This new off-road trail section will be safer since it is off road and will also provide a direct link to the existing trail network in Tillsonburg. The cost of the change is estimated at $200,000 and would fall within the original budget proposal.

Read Council Report PW 2016-64

Other reports and presentations

PW 2016-62 Use of Property at Hodges Pond, Old Stage Road by Westwood Hills Snowmobilers Inc.

PW 2016-65 – Mount Elgin Wastewater System – Final Billing/Mandatory Connection Date

PW 2016-61 Use of Trans Canada Trail and former CN Right of Way, Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs – Southern Sno Riders

CS 2016-31 - Business Plan and Budget Review – 3rd Quarter

CS 2016-32 – Court Security & Prisoner Transportation Transfer Payment Agreement

Delegation Social Planning Committee

Delegation South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation (SCOR)

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