Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 4 - April 13, 2017

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Brownies Visit the Council Chambers  
The Niagara-on-the-Lake Brownies, girls ages 7-8, visited the Council Chambers prior to the April 10, 2017, Council Meeting. The girls enjoyed a tour of the Council Chambers and participated in an interactive lesson led by Lord Mayor Darte and Councillor Bau-Coote. They also thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the Lord Mayor's chair, as pictured below. 






Niagara Historical Society & Museum Update
The Managing Director of the Niagara Historical Society & Museum provided Council with an update of the 2017 museum activities. 

Three public meetings were held on April 3, 2017, for the following properties.  Staff reports will be presented to Council at a future meeting.

  • 1757 Four Mile Creek Road - Zoning By-law Amendment
  • 1376 York Road - Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment
  • 300 Taylor Road - Zoning By-law Amendment

Council approved the following motions at the April 10, 2017, meeting:

Councillor Bau-Coote - That the Lord Mayor and Committee Chairs be directed by Council to use their powers, as they see fit, to strictly enforce the provisions outlined in the Town's Procedural By-law regarding electronic distractions during meetings.

Councillor Disero - That relief be given from the Town's Proclamation Policy, and the Lord Mayor declare June 16 as an Official Garden Day in Niagara-on-the-Lake to align with the National Garden Day. 

Councillor Collard - That staff develop a list of main arteries where it may be advisable to install off road fitness trail connectors rather than traditional sidewalk solutions, and that this list be provided to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Active Transportation Committee for review. 

Councillor Collard - That the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake supports Community Schools Alliance and other concerned groups and calls on the provincial government to implement a school closure moratorium until a complete and fair process can be identified, and further, to call on the province to mandate the sharing of facilities by conterminous boards of education before schools can be closed.

Councillor Collard - That staff present a draft by-law to Council regarding residential development of subdivisions (green fields) or property redevelopment of existing homes requiring them to present a Tree Preservation and Planting Plan as required in the Official Plan and an Active Transportation Plan, which would show sidewalks and/or trails prior to zoning, official plan or site plan approvals moving forward, and that the Tree Preservation By-law come forward to Committee of the Whole at a later date.

Councillor Collard - That Council request the Province to make various changes to Bill 68 to ensure fairness between the two orders of government. 

Councillor Bau-Coote - That Willowbank School be asked to amend their zoning application for Queenston Street to three single detached lots in order for a report to go forward as soon as possible and to avoid a long delay.


council business
Council approved the following at their April 10, 2017, meeting:

As amended, the modification to the Draft Plan of Subdivision for 1532 Concession 4 Road, subject to the revised Conditions of Final Approval, and that staff be directed to instruct the developer to replant trees elsewhere in the town should they be unable to maintain trees on the subject property. 

That the UNESCO World Heritage designation not impede the access to or the maintenance on any irrigation and drainage systems.  

The Sign Committee minutes, as amended, to permit one ground sign, which exceeds the required dimensions of the current Sign By-law, and one additional wall sign at 769 Niagara Stone Road (Hare Winery).  

That the funding request of $27,000 from the Canada Sesquicentennial Committee for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds event and the Upper Canada Legacy Trail be funded through the Capital reserve and $10,000 be added to the 2018 budget for the Legacy Trail. 

Vintages of Four Mile Creek southwest of Line 9 and Four Mile Creek Zoning By-law Amendment, Draft Plan of Subdivision and Draft Plan of Condominium. 

A tender from Norjohn Contracting & Paving Ltd. for the 2017 Hot Mix Asphalt Resurfacing Tender. 

A tender from Nortax Canada Inc. for the purchase of a new 2017 John Deere 670 GP grader with plow attachments.  

A tender from Falcon Road Service Inc. for the 2017 Sidewalk and Curb Repairs Program.

A tender from Norjohn Contracting and Paving Ltd. for the 2017 Surface Treatment Program. 

The Village Parking Survey Results be referred to a Council Workshop at a time to be determined at a later date. 

Support of the NOTL Community Safety Committee "Know Your Neighbour Program" by providing the Community Centre at no change on the evening of the Open House from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; date to be determined. 

That the property known as the Old Virgil Firehall site, 1607 Four Mile Creek Road, be listed with a real estate agent in accordance with the Town's by-law regarding the sale and other disposition of Town-owned land.

The Queenston Street Townhouses - Application for Zoning By-law Amendment was defeated.

Continuation of Council approved motions at the April 10, 2017, meeting:

Councillor Collard - That Council respectfully request the Niagara Advance and its publishers to reinstate the Niagara Advance e-edition available to all residents to access online. 



Requests for facility rentals can be completed online. Visit the Town's website to request a location for your next meeting or event.


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Canada 150 Events
In celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary, Niagara-on-the-Lake is hosting a number of events throughout the year. For more information and to view the full list of events, please visit

Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre 
The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre has a number of exciting events taking place throughout the months of April and May. Click here to view their complete list of upcoming events or visit for further details. 

World Autism Awareness Day 
Lord Mayor Darte participated in Autism Ontario's 'Raise the Flag' event on Monday, April 3, 2017, for World Autism Awareness Day. 

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