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Highlights of Aurora Town Council Meeting of Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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​Library Square Veil

Council approved the final veil design for the addition to 22 Church Street. The veil is a large visual architectural feature that is important to the overall image of the project and supports the historic nature of the Church Street School. The metallic veil will be made of Muntz Bronze and will cover the upper exterior of the addition, adding detail and a dramatic design element to the facility. The Ontario Heritage Trust supports the veil design and its patina.

Proposed Smoking and Vaping Bylaw

Aurora Town Council received a report and directed staff to bring forward a bylaw to prohibit the smoking and vaping of tobacco, cannabis and non-tobacco substances on all Town property.

Motor Vehicle Collision Cost Recovery – Central York Fire Services

Aurora Town Council received a report from the Joint Council Committee regarding the implementation of a 24-month Motor Vehicle Collision Cost Recovery Pilot Program for residents of Aurora. The program would see at-fault drivers of collisions invoiced by Central York Fire Services for the cost of their response to the call. These invoices are generally paid out by the vehicle owner’s insurance company.

Changes to the Proposed Provincial Policy Statement

Council recommended that a copy of a staff report outlining suggested modifications, and providing comment, on changes to the proposed provincial policy statement be forwarded to the Minister of Municipal Affairs Ontario as the official response from the Town of Aurora. Council reiterated their strong support for the staff recommendations outlined in the report.

Community Engagement Policy

Aurora Town Council approved a Community Engagement Policy which provides a framework and guidelines for Town communications and community engagement efforts. The policy will provide a more consistent approach to community engagement and will offer a clearer understanding of community engagement efforts to manage resident expectations. The policy is based on five distinct levels of engagement – Inform, Consult, Involve, Collaborate and Empower – derived from the International Association of Public Participation Spectrum.

Declaration of Climate Emergency

Council approved a motion put forward by Councillor Rachel Gilliland resolving that the Town of Aurora officially declare a climate emergency for the purposes of deepening its commitment to protecting ecosystems, reducing the carbon imprint and protecting the community from climate change. Staff were directed to prioritize the process of creating a Climate Action Plan for the Town of Aurora, once the Region of York releases its climate action plan report. Staff also will report back to Council after referring to other municipal and global initiatives and forums, such as the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. The declaration will be forwarded to the Premier of Ontario and the Ministry of the Environment.

Helping Urban Pollinators

Council approved a motion put forward by Councillor Wendy Gaertner directing staff to locate a space for a dedicated garden filled with milkweed and flowers in order to encourage pollination, including bees and butterflies. Children from Hartman Public School will provide staff with research they conducted regarding the plight of the monarch butterflies and how natural habitats can help urban pollinators.

Community Planning Permit Area

Council approved a motion put forward by Mayor Tom Mrakas directing staff to amend the Aurora Official Plan to identify the Promenade Area as a proposed Community Planning Permit Area as part of the Official Plan Review. Staff were also directed to develop a bylaw for consideration of enactment establishing a Community Planning Permit for the Promenade area and to identify the necessary resources required to implement a Community Planning Permit in a future report to Council. Community Planning Permits are a land use planning tool available to municipalities that is meant to streamline development approvals and promote collaborative and predictable community building while implementing growth objectives.

The next meeting of Aurora Town Council is scheduled to take place on November 12, 2019 at 7 p.m. in Aurora Town Hall, Council Chambers, located at 100 John West Way. Please check the Town’s website for any cancellations or date changes.

Additional Council Information

Comprehensive Minutes of Aurora Town Council Meetings, which detail the full list of Council decisions, are available under Agendas and Minutes on the Town of Aurora website. Minutes are available on the Friday afternoon following Council.

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