Hallowe’en

Hallowe’en is almost upon us!

 Are you ready for an evening of scary, spooky, GHOSTLY fun?

Be sure to keep watching for clues about the “GHOSTLY TRAIL”

Stay tuned,..

We hope the hamlet will be filled with your GHOSTLY, endeavours.

GHOSTLY, wins the prize!

Belfountain Community Organization

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Region of Peel Official Plan Review – Open Houses and Public Meetings Notice

 

Peel2051

Regional Official Plan Review

Public Open House and Statutory Public Meeting

Regional Official Plan Amendment and Municipal Comprehensive Review

Notice is hereby given that the Council of The Regional Municipality of Peel will hold a public meeting and open houses, pursuant to Section 26(3) and 17(16) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended, to discuss the proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) required as part of the Official Plan Review and Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR).


A Regional Official Plan is a long-term plan that provides a policy framework for making land use planning decisions, including setting a structure for guiding growth, protecting the environment, and managing resources. In keeping with the Planning Act, the Region must update its Official Plan every five years. This mandatory update ensures that official plan policies stay current with Provincial plan and policy changes and reflect our changing community’s needs.


The purpose of the proposed Official Plan Amendment is to update the Regional Official Plan to ensure conformity to current provincial plans, policies, and legislation. The proposed Amendment is also intended to update the Official Plan to the planning horizon of 2051.


The effect of the proposed Amendment is to add new and updated policies and mapping on the various focus areas identified through the MCR, including the settlement area boundary expansion, growth management, climate change, major transit station areas, housing, greenland systems, transportation, agriculture and rural areas, wildland fire hazards, Provincial Greenbelt Plans, Indigenous engagement, cultural heritage, and waste management. The proposed draft Official Plan Amendment is available on the Region’s Official Plan Review webpage, along with background studies, reports, and discussion papers.


The proposed Official Plan Amendment will apply to all lands within the municipal boundary of the Region of Peel. Accordingly, no key map is included in this Notice.

Open Houses

The Region will be conducting two Open Houses to provide members of the public an opportunity to learn about the proposed ROPA, ask staff questions, and provide comments:


Tuesday, October 26, 2021 
from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 
from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Visit the Official Plan Review webpage to join any of these virtual sessions.


Note that the same materials will be presented at each of these Open Houses. The virtual display boards for the Peel 2051 focus areas are available on the public consultation page, which can be reviewed in advance of the Open Houses.

Public Meeting

In addition to the Open Houses, a Public Meeting of Regional Council will be held on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.


Due to the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the meeting will be live-streamed from the Region of Peel, Council Chamber, 5th Floor, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A, Brampton. Please email the Office of the Regional Clerk or call (905) 791-7800, ext. 4502 for further instructions.


If you wish to make written or verbal submissions at the public meeting on the Regional Official Plan Amendment, please email the Office of the Regional Clerk or call (905) 791-7800, ext. 4502.


Updates to this document include the latest inclusionary zoning policies, revised growth management and transportation policies, and draft settlement area boundary expansion policies.

Additional Information

The draft ROPA, supporting technical background studies, and related information is available:

The Town of Caledon’s Alton, Caledon East and Southfields Village Library Branches will offer some devices and connectivity for the times and dates of the open houses and public meeting, while still following capacity limits with health and safety protocols in place.

Comment Period

Please provide comments by November 30, 2021 to Virpal Kataure, Principal Planner, Regional Planning and Growth Management, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A, 6th Floor, Brampton, ON L6T 4B9, by phone at 905-791-7800 ext. 4364, or by email.

Please Note

    1. If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council of The Regional Municipality of Peel on the ROPA, you must make a written request to Kathryn Lockyer, Director and Regional Clerk at:

Kathryn Lockyer, Regional Clerk
Regional Municipality of Peel
10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite A – 5th Fl. Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Tel: 905-791-7800, ext. 4502 Fax: 905-791-1693

  1. If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of The Regional Municipality of Peel to the Ontario Land Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to The Regional Municipality of Peel before the proposed official plan is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.
  2. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to The Regional Municipality of Peel before the proposed official plan is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

For more information about this matter, including information about appeal rights, contact the Office of the Regional Clerk by email or at 905-791-7800, ext. 4502.


Please note that your name will appear on the agendas and minutes of the Public Meeting of Regional Council if you provide oral or written submissions to Regional Council. The agendas and minutes of the Public Meeting of Regional Council will appear on the Region of Peel Website as a public record of the proceedings. All postings are in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.


Sincerely,

The Peel 2051 Official Plan Review Team

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Participate in the Future of the Town of Caledon October 18, 2021 Meeting time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Public Open House: Future Caledon – Official Plan Review

Join us on October 18 for our first virtual open house for Future Caledon, the Town’s new official plan

We are seeking your input in support of the Town of Caledon’s Official Plan Review! The Town is creating a new Official Plan to serve as a road map to responsibly and strategically manage growth and change over the next 30+ years. At this meeting you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the project, why it is happening, the overall timeline and how to get involved;
  • Hear about what we’ve learned from our research and how it will impact the future of Caledon; and,
  • Collaborate and provide your input on the Official Plan Vision Statement and Guiding Principles.

We want to hear from you! The Town is committed to engaging in a way that is open, transparent, accessible and inclusive. We need your feedback to help identify community needs and priorities as we prepare for the future. This is the chance for you to learn about the opportunities and challenges to be addressed by the Town’s new Official Plan, ask questions and provide your input.

What is an Official Plan?

An Official Plan is an overarching policy document that acts as a road map for how our community will develop, locate housing, build transportation networks, locate employment, offer community facilities, and much more. Official Plans are necessary to promote smart land use decision-making and ensure compatibility between different land uses (e.g., residential, industrial, agricultural) and ensure that we are protecting our environment and natural resources. Official Plans also identify future infrastructure needs to support a growing community through the provision of parks, transit options, schools and recreation spaces. 

  • More information is available at:

     Future Caledon

How to participate

The Town of Caledon will be hosting the Public Open House via Zoom

Meeting date: October 18, 2021 | Meeting time: 7 – 9 p.m.

 How to register

  • Please RSVP for the Public Open House by registering for a free ticket via EventBrite:

      Register

  • Registration is encouraged but not mandatory!

 Join from computer, smartphone or tablet

Click on the link below to go to the Zoom Meeting

    Meeting Link

  • Meeting ID: 922 0997 8942
  • Passcode: 482256

 Join by phone

 Call +1 647 374 4685 Canada

  • Meeting ID: 922 0997 8942
  • Passcode: 482256

 Speak to Staff

For more information on how to participate or if you require special accommodation, please contact Bailey Loverock at Bailey.Loverock@caledon.ca.

Other ways you can participate

We need your input throughout the Official Plan Review process. There are a number of ways you can stay engaged, receive updates, participate, and provide your input:

 Visit Project Website

  • Visit the project website for regular study updates and materials at:

       Future Caledon

 Sign-up to our email list

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West Caledon Communities Aggregate Group – Presentation to Region of Peel – October 7th between 10 am and 1pm

Over the past several months, the West Caledon Communities Aggregate Group, of which the B.C.O. is a member, has diligently worked on a presentation for the Region of Peel Planning and Growth Management Committee regarding the impact of aggregate operations on our water.  This PowerPoint review will present a compelling case for more robust Official Plan policies to deal with future quarry applications.  A stronger, more environmentally sensitive Peel Official Plan could be a game changer for all future Aggregate applications. 

This online presentation is scheduled for October 7th between 10am and 1pm before the Region of Peel Planning and Growth Committee.  The meeting will be live streamed on http://www.peelregion.ca/  A copy of the agenda can be found here  .

The members of the committee are:  G.Carlson, P. Fortini, N. Iannicca, J. Innis, L. Kiernan, M. Medeiros, C. Parrish (Chair), R. Starr, A. Thompson (Vice-Chair), and P. Vicente

We urge all of you to watch this presentation online. Strong community interest will send a clear message.

We hope you can join us and show your support!

Thank you

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Town of Caledon – Future Caledon Vision Survey Launch

Caledon is updating its Official Plan to guide our continued growth and evolution as a community. The new Official Plan will serve as a road map for the next 30+ years and will guide land use planning decisions related to development, housing, transportation, employment, community facilities and more. Our new OP will embrace Caledon’s community charm while ensuring we are prepared for the future.

We have launched a Vision Survey to collect community feedback in support of creating a Vision Statement and Guiding Principles for the Town’s Official Plan. This is the community’s opportunity to tell us the kind of community Caledon should be in the next 30+ years. The Vision Statement and Guiding Principles will assist the Caledon Team as they proceed with initial policy directions to guide land use planning decisions.

We want to hear from you! Check out the Vision Survey with the link below:

https://haveyoursaycaledon.ca/official-plan-review/survey_tools/future-caledon-official-plan-vision-survey

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West Caledon Communities Aggregate Group presentation to the Town of Caledon on Sept 21st, 7pm – Meeting Access

For the West Caledon Communities Aggregate Group presentation to the Town of Caledon on Sept 21st, 7pm:

This link tells you what it is about  http://www.belfountain.ca/west-caledon-communities-aggregate-group-presentation-to-town-of-caledon-september-21st-7pm/

This is the link to use to access the meeting on the 21st and provides instructions to get in to the meeting via live stream or phone. 
https://calendar.caledon.ca/Meetings/Detail/2021-09-21-1900-Planning-and-Development-Committee
 
This link takes you to the agenda. 
https://calendar.caledon.ca/Meetings/Detail/2021-09-21-1900-Planning-and-Development-Committee/a2ef8946-8b52-44b5-b3a9-ada5011dbb5e
 
If you have technical difficulty getting into the meeting, please follow the instructions on the Town of Caledon website and reach out to their technical team.

 

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West Caledon Communities Aggregate Group – Presentation to Town of Caledon – September 21st 7pm

We’d like to encourage all of you to participate in an event which could have major implications for the proposed Caledon mega quarry application.  Over the past several months, the West Caledon Communities Aggregate Group, of which the B.C.O. are a member, has diligently worked on a presentation for the Town of Caledon Councillors and the Region of Peel Planning Committee.  This PowerPoint review will present a compelling case for more robust Official Plan policies to deal with future quarry applications.  A stronger, more environmentally sensitive Caledon Official Plan could be a game changer for all future Aggregate applications. 

This online presentation is scheduled for the evening of September 21, between 7 and 9 PM (exact time will hopefully be confirmed for us in a few days) before the mayor and councillors.  We urge all of you to watch this presentation online because council will be monitoring the number of attendees. Strong community interest will send a clear message.

To log onto this Town of Caledon meeting, please use the following link:

 https://calendar.caledon.ca/Meetings/Detail/2021-09-21-1900-Planning-and-Development-Committee

We hope you can join us and show your support!

Thank you

 

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Coalition for the West Credit River – September 2021 Update

 

COALITION FOR THE WEST CREDIT RIVER  CWCR.CA

 

Dear Friends,
 
Thank you for your continued support of the Coalition for the West Credit River.  Over the summer the Coalition continued its efforts to ensure the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant does no harm to the West Credit River and its coldwater Brook Trout population.  In this update you will find:
 

Coalition Members file an Environmental Bill of Rights Application for Investigation of the Corporation of the Town of Erin
 
Belfountain Garage Sale – Sat Sept 25th
 
Colouring Contest Winners
 
Share your Story about the Wastewater Treatment Plant


Application for Investigation of the Town of Erin Under the Environment Bill of Rights

On 9 August 2021, Judy Mabee, President of the Belfountain Community Organization, and Linda Heron, Chair of the Ontario Rivers Alliance, filed an Environmental Bill of Rights Application for Investigation of the Corporation of the Town of Erin.   

The Application alleges that the Town of Erin is moving forward to the construction phase of the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant (Project) when it has not met key commitments it made in its Town of Erin Wastewater Servicing Class Environmental Study Report (ESR).  Here is a brief timeline:

29 August 2019:
The Project received Minister Jeff Yurek’s conditional approval, with a promise in the ESR to submit an Addendum to the ESR once the final Project site was chosen. 
 
18 August 2020:
At a Town of Erin Council Meeting the chosen Project site was announced, including a confirmation that an Addendum to the ESR (Addendum) would be completed.
 
13 July 2021:
Mayor Alls informed the Coalition Chair, Judy Maybee, that the Town would not be issuing an Addendum and that the Project had been put out to tender to three pre-qualified contractors.  They expected to award the contract sometime in mid-August.  It is interesting to note that no bids were received by the tender due date.
 
Failing to issue an Addendum on site selection, which includes a 30-day public comment period, deprives stakeholders, the public, and Indigenous communities of the opportunity to be consulted and provide input into this highly controversial Project.

 

Brook Trout holding in the West Credit River.  From the surface these fish are nearly invisible.  An underwater camera and a healthy dose of patience is needed to snap a photo like this. 

 

The ESR also committed to an Environmental Management Plan, an Arborist Report for all affected areas, and additional bird and bat surveys. The Coalition is not aware if these additional commitments were completed before brush was cleared and burned, trees ripped out by the roots and a coldwater Brook Trout nursery and tributary to the West Credit River was severely damaged by heavy machinery in and around the Project study area.

If successful, the Application for Investigation will hold the Town of Erin accountable to the commitments it made in the ESR and provide an opportunity for the public to provide input into the Project site location and any additional studies and reports.

The Minister of Environment Conservation and Parks (MECP) and the Environmental Bill of Rights Office will review the application.  If an investigation is required, the results of the investigation will be reported by 8 December 2021.  If an investigation is not required, the Coalition will be notified by 11 October 2021. 

The Office of the Auditor General will also review the Application for Investigation and the Minister’s decision to assess whether the MECP is in compliance with the regulatory requirements, and whether a thorough and just review and decision was reached.

Belfountain Community Garage Sale

In place of the Salamander Festival the Belfountain Community Organizations (BCO) is holding a Fundraising Garage Sale on Saturday Sept. 25th from 11 am – 3pm. 
 
Proceeds from the Garage Sale will help fund the BCO’s fight to preserve their community and the West Credit River. 
 
The Coalition will have a booth at the Garage Sale dedicated to raising awareness about the West Credit River.  Stop in to say hello, pick up a Credit River fish poster and try your hand at fly casting. 
 
For more information see the BCO website

 

Prize winning Colouring Contest submission by Norma

 


Colouring Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who participated in the West Credit River Colouring Contest. 

The winning submissions in the children’s division were James – age 7, Addison – age 5 and Lincoln – age 1.

In the adults division winners were Norma, Melissa and Dale

All winners received prizes for their help in raising awareness about the West Credit River.

Share your Story about the Wastewater Treatment Plant

Do you kayak, yoga, hike or bird-watch along the West Credit River?  Are you a downstream landowner or business impacted by the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant?  If you have a unique perspective on the impacts of the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant and would like to share your story, please contact us at info@cwcr.ca.

Thank you for your continued support!

Regards,

 

 

 

Judy Mabee,
Chair, Coalition for the West Credit River

Support the Coalition for the West Credit River by Donating to our Small Change Fund

 

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Belfountain is Small and Mighty, but We Still Need Your Help

We are providing additional information to the residents of Belfountain regarding the Community Garage Sale Saturday September 25th from 11 am – 3pm.  

We are asking for your help to raise funds for our community.  This is a fundraiser to help all of us defend against the serious threatening issues and significant financial impacts from the Manors of Belfountain development and the Erin Wastewater plant. 

We would like to attract as many people as possible to our garage sale.   Please copy and paste to send this link (not this email) to everyone you know and encourage them to come and spend their money here for a great cause.  

https://www.belfountain.ca/spread-the-news-near-and-far-belfountain-community-yard-sale-is-sept-25th/

The sale begins at 11am and ends at 3pm.  There will be a great band, representatives from the Coalition for the West Credit River and sale tables at the corner of Forks of the Credit Rd and Old Main beside the green building.   We expect that people will be walking along the roadsides to visit the tables at the end of the driveways.   We have asked everyone to maintain social distancing.

Please email salamander@belfountain.ca  if you intend to participate and are putting your items at the end of your driveway. Please coordinate with your neighbours if that makes sense for you.  If you have items for sale that you would like to donate but will not be able to put out a table, please drop them off before 9am at South East corner of Forks of the Credit Rd and Old Main Street. 

If you are willing to volunteer to help carry stuff, work at the tables, etc., please email salamander@belfountain.ca

Please contribute to protect our small and beautiful hamlet. Once you have sold your goods and the garage sale is over, we hope you will share your profits by donating all or a portion using these methods.   If you prefer to give the cash you have received, there will be a central donation box at Forks of the Credit Rd and Old Main from 3pm – 4pm.  Please give generously to the BCO through your garage sale efforts.    If you, or someone you know, are unable to participate and would like to donate , you can do so by either of these methods:

  1. Donating directly to the B.C.O: 100% of donations made are used to pay legal fees, experts’ invoices, and administration costs. No tax receipts are available.  The B.C.O. is an incorporated non-profit organization supported by volunteers. You can donate directly to the B.C.O. by cheque, cash or e-transfer by contacting  treasurer@ belfountain.ca, or click on the link below to use PayPal at BCO to support the initiatives. 100% of donations made are used to pay legal fees, experts’ invoices, and administration costs. No tax receipts are available.  The B.C.O. is an incorporated non-profit organization supported by volunteers. B.C.O. administration costs are outlined in our financial statements which are reviewed publicly at the Annual General Meeting and posted to our website.

 

  1. Donating through Small Change Fund: For those of you who would like a tax receipt, we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Small Change Fund.  When you donate $25 or more to either project, you will receive a tax receipt.  SCF does retain a percentage of the funds donated to support the services they provide as outlined on their website. Choose the project: (Manors of Belfountain Subdivision) Belfountain-needs-your-help or/and  (Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant)  Cut-the-crap-save-the-credit .  As projects are resolved and donations received are higher than the invoices for the project, the overage will be applied to the most urgent of the remaining issue.

Belfountain may be small, but we are mighty when we work together

 

 

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Spread the News, Near and Far, Belfountain Community Yard Sale is Sept. 25th

Please spread the news and help support the B.C.O. through the Belfountain Community Yard Sale on Saturday, September 25, 2021, 11am – 3pm.

The day will include live music!  Members of the Coalition for the West Credit River will be there to show kids how to tie flies for fishing.  

Don’t forget to drop into our local businesses and take advantage of all they have to offer.

Please practice the Covid-19 safety measures outlined by Region of Peel, Public Health. Public health measures – Coronavirus – Region of Peel (peelregion.ca)

You and your friends and family can learn more about this exciting day by streaming the Dufferin Life show on Rogers TV Sunday September 19 through Sunday September 25th.  (Sunday: 9am, 1pm, 10am, Monday through Saturday: 9am, 1pm, 7pm and 10pm.) It can be seen on Rogers Cable 63 Dufferin-Caledon. Click on the link below during any of the show times listed above and click on the “watch now” in the top left corner of the screen.  http://www.rogerstv.com/home?lid=14&rid=21

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