Have Your Say – Town of Caledon and Region of Peel Official Plan Review

 

 

 

The Town of Caledon is creating a new Official Plan – a road map for the next 20+ years. It will guide development, housing, transportation, employment, facilities and more. Our new Plan will also embrace Caledon’s community charm while ensuring we remain progressive.

An Official Plan (OP) is a policy document that guides the short and long-term land use development in the Town. These policies are necessary to promote orderly growth and compatibility among land uses and the environment.

We are making changes to the OP because The Provincial Planning Act requires municipalities to update their OPs every 5 years and complete a full revision every 10 years. Caledon is doing both! During this process, we will complete a strategic update to the OP so that it is consistent with Provincial and Regional legislation and policy plans, as well the OP will be reformatted to make the document more user friendly.

Future Caledon – Our Official Plan is the Town’s Official Plan Process. Our work is divided into 5 focus areas dealing with topics such as: Technology, Transportation and Infrastructure; Tourism, Heritage, Healthy Communities and Culture; Natural Resources and Agriculture; Growth, Settlement, Housing and Employment; and Climate Change. These focus areas align with the Region of Peel’s Official Plan review process. Through an iterative process, Town staff actively provide input and comments on the Region’s work.

We want to inform and connect with our community and stakeholders throughout this process. future.caledon.ca/official-plan-review/brainstormers/help-us-vision-future-caledon

Our website, future.caledon.ca, will allow residents and stakeholders to stay engaged in the process. This is an opportunity to comment on projects, ask questions, and tell your story about what makes Caledon a great place to live. The site also lists important dates, such as our satellite office times, consultation meetings on specific topics, and locations across Town where our staff will be available in-person to answer questions and record your comments.

Region of Peel Official Plan Review:

The current Regional Official Plan Review, known as Peel 2041+, is being undertaken to ensure that Official Plan policies stay current with provincial plans and reflect regional and local needs and priorities. For more information on Peel 2041+, please visit peelregion.ca/officialplan/review/(External link)For general information on the Regional Official Plan Review, please contact Virpal Kataure, Principal Planner, Regional Planning and Growth Management, at 905-791-7800 ext. 4364 or planpeel@peelregion.ca

 

 

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Can You Help to Protect Belfountain’s Environment?

Protecting the unique environment of Belfountain will require the efforts of many, within and outside of our community. The Belfountain Community Organizations mandate from the community is Committed to Preserving the Rural, Heritage and Environmental Integrity of the Hamlet of Belfountain and its Environs.

There are three threats facing us today:

  1. Manors of Belfountain subdivision
  2. The Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant
  3. James Dick Construction Ltd. (JDCL)’s “Erin Pit Expansion” Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) license application Local Planning Appear Tribunal (LPAT) March 22, 2021.

We understand from your feedback to our surveys that many of you want to financially support our fight against these threats to protect our unique ecosystem.   We have structured our fundraising so you can choose specifically how your generosity is utilized.   This allows any invoices for legal fees or expert opinions to be directly aligned with any donations made to that specific project.

a) Donate 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, to support the initiatives.  You can tell us whether you would like your donation allocated to a specific project or to the B.C.O. in general, to be distributed where needed.   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.

b) Donate to 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 any of the three projects, 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. About | Small Change FundAs 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 two issues.

  1. The Manors of Belfountain Development proposes to add 75 houses and double the size of the hamlet. We await a comprehensive response from our hydrogeologist regarding water impact. To find out why it is so important to oppose this development and to donate to help support the fight, please follow this link:  Belfountain Needs Your Help

  1. The Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant effluent poses a significant challenge to the health of this highly sensitive branch of the West Credit River. Effluent from the plant is to be diffused into the river near the spawning beds at the county line. This area is habitat for Native Brook Trout who require optimal water temperatures for survival. Brook Trout are cold water fish, and they rely on cold water seeps and springs to regulate water temperature. Optimal temperatures for Brook Trout are 14 degrees during hot summer months, 10 degrees in the fall for spawning and 6 degrees for egg development. Anything above these temperatures will stress the fish and impact their life cycle.

The Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant will diffuse 7,171,000 litres of effluent daily, at full build out, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The temperature of effluent diffused into the river must be regulated for Brook Trout survival. To donate, please follow the link:  Cut the Crap, Save the Credit

  1. This project is the most urgent of the three as the date for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) is set for March 22nd, 2021 and expected to last five days. The B.C.O. are party to the LPAT and will require experts and legal representation.  JDCL are applying for a license to operate a new gravel pit between Winston Churchill and Shaws Creek Road on the North side of the West Credit River.   The application to mine below the water table does not consider the impact on drinking water and private wells of the residents of Belfountain.  The overflow pipe into the West Credit River is almost directly across from the proposed effluent pipe of the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant.    To find out why it so important to oppose the new gravel pit license and to donate to support the fight, please follow this link:  Gravel Pit Threatens Belfountain

Thank you in advance for your support.  We are working hard on your behalf on all three of these threats.  We are gathering quotes from the experts for each project.   We will be able to announce their costs for the next stages to you shortly.  

Without your financial support, it will not be possible to secure the favoured outcomes for the residents of Belfountain and environs.

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Heritage Designation Belfountain Conservation Area

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Update from MOECP

We heard from the MOECP at 4:40pm today. The volume of hydraulic fluid spilled is not considered a significant environmental impact.  They will call out to other agencies for comment. Wells are the responsibility of private owners, please  ensure your wells and water treatment systems are  in compliance with current standards for water quality. 

 Merry Christmas.

 Judy Mabee

 President@belfountain.ca

Merry Christmas to all.

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Spill of Hydraulic Fluid

Three days ago there was a spill of hydraulic fluid near the West Credit River in Erin. The spill occurred near the northern tributary of the West Credit.  Belfountain is located on the southern branch. We are looking for clarification from the MOECP regarding impact to our branch of the river. The BCO reported the spill to MOECP Tuesday evening.  An investigator from the Guelph office was assigned to the case yesterday. We have been in contact with them daily. An update to the community will follow as soon as information becomes available to us.

 Judy Mabee  president@belfountain.ca

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Belfountain Village Church Candlelight Service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday December 23.

Belfountain Village Church invites you to join its annual Candlelight Service  at 7:30 on Wednesday December 23.

We will tell the Christmas Story through narration, readings and familiar Christmas Carols.

 It will only be available on Zoom using the following link.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83096205850?pwd=RW1QR29UR1M3Z05HcmFQZHFtZ1dsUT09

Meeting ID: 830 9620 5850

Passcode: 418524

Please stay muted during the presentation.

 In addition we hope to have the sound available on speakers in the parking lot.

 Gather around the church. Wrap warm and follow COVID restrictions.

 God bless you and Merry Christmas

 Fred & Judee Dyke

pastorfred@rogers.com

416-254-5218

 

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HO HO HOliday Fun

Luminaria  

December 24th Light up the streets, Light up your driveways and walkways!

It is a longstanding tradition in Belfountain to light up the night on December 24th.  Everyone is encouraged to place Luminaria candles out along their sections of the road, this usually occurs both in the Hamlet and in Caledon Mountain Estates.   Light them up shortly after 5:30 pm, then enjoy the beauty of Christmas Eve.   Remember to stay socially distanced and wear your mask please.

White bags are available to purchase at cost from the Belfountain Community Organization $2 for a package of 20 bags.  The bags are generally placed approximately 5 feed apart, (but can be placed further apart depending on the distance you plan to cover).  You will need to supply candles and sand/cat litter for inside the bags.  The sand/cat litter serves as s weight to hold the bag in place and anchors the candle.  Tea light candles or slightly larger ones are ideal.

To request and pick up (contact less), please contact treasurer@belfountain.ca

There GLOWS the neighbourhood decorating contest update!! 

Such a busy time of year… We are now extending the deadline to post photos and vote…. you have until December 31 and the winners will be announced in the new year!! Prizes will be gift cards from some of our local businesses!!!

If you don’t use Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/246564209324183 email your entry to info@belfountain.ca  Don’t forget to tell us your name !!

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There Glows The Neighbourhood !

We are looking for everyone in the Belfountain hamlet to decorate their HO HO HO HOMES for the Holidays!!

To enter the contest, post your picture at “What’s Happening in Belfountain” Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/246564209324183

Make sure to post them in the Album Christmas 2020 so the pictures all appear together.  If you cannot find the album please email info@belfountain.ca and we will help you. 

If you do not use Facebook, please attach them to an email and send to info@belfountain.ca and we will post them for you. 

There will be some awesome prizes from local businesses to be won.  More information on that later on.  Judging is Dec 18th with winners announced on Dec 21st. 

Good luck everyone.   

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Caledon Representation on Regional Council

By way of a walk-on addition to the November 26, 2020 Regional Council meeting, Brampton and Mississauga brought forward a motion to approve a reduction in Caledon representation from 5 members to 3 members, and increase Brampton’s representation by 2 members. The composition of Regional Council would result in the following breakdown after the next election for the new term of council:

  • Mississauga 12
  • Brampton 9
  • Caledon 3

Before this change can come into effect, a public meeting must be held, a by-law must be passed, and a triple majority must be achieved at the local municipal councils.

Notes:  Triple Majority: a majority of the three local municipalities pass a resolution consenting to the new by-law.

Current Regional Council representation: Brampton 7, Mississauga 12, Caledon 5 (If Brampton and Mississauga vote yes, and Caledon votes no, this meets the triple majority requirement and the by-law will come into effect for the next term of council)

On Thursday December 17, 2020, the Council of the Regional Municipality of Peel will hold a Public Meeting for the purpose of obtaining input from the public on the proposed by-law to change the composition of Regional Council. Official Public Notice. A copy of the proposed by-law will be available on December 11, 2020 and can be obtained by contacting the Office of the Regional Clerk or from the Council Agenda page.

Anyone wishing to make verbal delegations at the public meeting can do so virtually or in person. Please email the Office of the Regional Clerk or call 905-791-7800, ext. 4465.

Comments may also be submitted in writing addressed to the Regional Clerk at regional.clerk@peelregion.ca or at the Clerk’s Division, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A, 5th floor, Brampton, ON L6T 4B9.

Please let us know if you have any questions or forward your questions to regional.clerk@peelregion.ca.

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Listen to the Nuisance Noise Delegation to Town of Caledon Council – Tues. Dec. 8th 6PM

On Tues Dec 8th at 6pm, our own Judy Mabee, Belfountain Community Organization, President,  will be delegating on behalf of the West Caledon Community’s Traffic Group to the Town of Caledon.

This delegation is the result of several months of work of communities representatives in Wards 1 and 2 with our local and regional councillors.   Hear our request that the Town of Caledon make these changes:

  • Conduct Noise Clinics utilizing a different model    
  • Update Town of Caledon Bylaw NO. 86-110 written in 1986 to include traffic noise and daytime noise limits by April 1st, 2021  
  • Utilize all Enforcement Options  
  • Increase the number of By-law Officers and enhance training   
  • Automated Speed Enforcement and Acoustic Cameras  
  • Adopt Peel Police Noise Maker Project  into Caledon  
  • Review Town of Caledon Tourism Campaign to promote locations other than high traffic areas  
  • Increase Fines and Lose Points for Noise Violations  
  • Encrypt OPP communications  

See the whole delegation here West Caledon Communities Noise Delegation Dec 8th, 2020

From the Town of Caledon Website: https://calendar.caledon.ca/Meetings/Detail/2020-12-08-1800-Council-Meeting

The public will be able to watch the meeting from the comfort of their home. The stream can be accessed on the Town’s website through the HTML version of the Agenda Package.

In addition to being able to view the live stream, members of the public are invited to call into the meeting to listen to the proceedings at:

Toll Free Phone number: 1-833-311-4101
Enter meeting access code: 132 684 6530#

The Town will make all efforts to post the recording of the session the Town’s website as quickly as possible.

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