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RECAP: Council Meeting Feb 8

Richmond Hill Council Meeting

Wednesday February 8, 2023 at 9:30am


All motions passed unanimously.

  • Former Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke about the importance of endorsing Bill 5 - Stopping Harassment and Abuse by Local Leaders Act, 2022. Council fully supported endorsing Bill 5.

  • A number of residents also delegated with concerns about the development application for 2 high-rise building at Birchall. Council hopes that the developer and City can come to a satisfactory compromise. Meanwhile Council did approve for Staff to appear at the OLT for this application.


Agenda Items Include:

  • The proposed development is to be comprised of two apartment buildings of 27 and 31 storeys in height connected by a four storey podium, with a total of 617 apartment dwelling units and 33 townhouse dwelling units

  • A significant number of comments and concerns respecting the applicant’s development proposal have been raised by members of Council and the public since the submission of these development applications, including at a Neighbourhood Residents Meeting, at the statutory Council Public Meeting and through written correspondence filed with the City.

  • On June 28, 2022, the applicant appealed its Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT)

  • The applicant has not filed a revised proposal or development applications in response to the comments and concerns raised by Council, internal departments, external agencies or members of the public. Accordingly, the purpose of this report is to seek Council’s direction with respect to the applicant’s original development proposal and to direct appropriate City staff and any necessary external consultants to appear at the OLT in support of Council’s position concerning the subject applications.

  • To seek Council approval for changes to speed limit, parking, traffic control and turning restriction regulations on various City streets

  • That Richmond Hill Council endorses Bill 5 - Stopping Harassment and Abuse by Local Leaders Act, 2022 which would require the Code of Conduct for municipal Councillors and members of local boards to include a requirement to comply with workplace violence and harassment policies and permit municipalities and local boards to direct the Integrity Commissioner to apply to the court to vacate a member’s seat if the Commissioner’s inquiry determines that the member has contravened this requirement.

  • Former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is delegating on behalf of The Women of Ontario say No, regarding the Member Motion submitted by Mayor West


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