Council endorses partnership to develop new park

On Tuesday evening, Aurora Town Council approved a concept for a new park adjacent to the planned Shining Hill subdivision that will include a multi-use artificial turf field, a playground, splash pad, full basketball court and a multi-use lit tennis/pickleball court, among other amenities. 

The new park will be developed as a partnership between the Town, Shining Hill Estates Collection Inc. and St. Anne’s School – sister school to St. Andrew’s College. The partnership will see the Town, Shining Hill and St. Anne’s share the cost of the design and construction of the Town-owned park.

Lessons learned from Highland Gate

Aurora Town Council directed staff to develop a report that outlines the concerns of residents who were affected by construction of the Highland Gate development, and includes information on any process changes that will be made to mitigate construction impacts to residents during future development projects.

In July 2022, a motion put forward by Councillor Wendy Gaertner and passed by Council noted that the Highland Gate development can provide the Town with valuable information and knowledge on how to improve the quality of life for those experiencing construction disruptions.

Motion on bike share program

Council endorsed a motion put forward by Mayor Tom Mrakas directing staff to conduct a feasibility study on the implementation of a bike share program in Aurora which would give residents and visitors access to a fleet of bicycles at strategically located docking stations across town. The motion notes that the Town is committed to promoting sustainable transportation and reducing carbon emissions, and recognizes the importance of active transportation as a means of promoting healthy lifestyles and reducing traffic congestion.

Motion on Urban Mobility Vehicles

Another motion put forward by Mayor Mrakas and endorsed by Council directed staff to create a proposed bylaw that allows Urban Mobility Vehicles (UVM) to be driven on roads across Aurora once new provincial legislation comes into affect that allows for UVMs on municipal roads.

UVMs are often defined as small, compact, enclosed, three-wheeled, slow-moving electric vehicles. The motion passed on Tuesday says UVMs are emerging as a promising new form of sustainable transportation that can reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and promote healthy lifestyles. The motion directs staff to engage with the public and other interested parties, and to report back to Council outlining the implementation plan of the proposed bylaw.