Final Report Town of Aurora Municipal Service Delivery Review

Council approved the Municipal Service Delivery Review (SDR) conducted by Strategy Corp. An SDR is an important and rigorous evaluation process that look at the needs and expectations of the community, the performance and costs of the services provided by the Town. The review provides key recommendations on industry best practices and approaches to improved service delivery. As a result of the completed SDR the Town of Aurora is better positioned to make more informed and strategic choices about our service delivery, prioritize service investment decisions and ensure services are delivered in a fiscally and operationally responsible way. Staff will be reporting back to Council in the first quarter of 2022 regarding prioritizing the recommendations made in the report.

Green Development Standards Update

Council approved the initial undertaking of a Green Development Standards (GDS) program for the Town of Aurora to promote environmentally conscious development and commit to a greener and more sustainable future. This is a necessary step in achieving the objectives of both the Strategic Plan and Official Plan, and helps move the Town forward to the next level of green community building. The GDS is currently being refined based on extensive feedback and program testing and the final draft of the standards will be brought back to Council in the future.

Motor Vehicle Cost Recovery Program

Council received a report from the Joint Council Committee (JCC) about the final Motor Vehicle Cost Recovery Pilot Program. In an effort to meet industry standards and assist to offset future operating costs, Central York Fire Services has been authorized to implement the Cost Recovery Program on a permanent basis effective January 1, 2022. The JCC also approved adding elevator rescues and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to the Cost Recovery Program.

Motion to update Property Standards Bylaw

Council approved a motion presented by Councillor Gilliland to review the Property
Standards Bylaw to reflect the growth and modernization in the Town of Aurora. The Town’s
current Property Standards Bylaw was written in 1999 and the population growth and
building landscape has changed drastically in the last 22 years. Staff will research and
review these changes and make recommendations to Council regarding how the by-law can
be modernized to meet the current needs of Aurora residents.

The next meetings of Council are as follows:

  • General Committee Meeting - Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 7 p.m.
  • Public Planning Meeting – Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 7 p.m.
  • Council Meeting - Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 7 p.m.

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