June 25 PLUC Early Thoughts

If you look just at the number of pages (375) in the Planning and Land Use Committee agenda, you’d think it will be a big meeting tomorrow. But if you actually take a dive into it, you see that there are only 7 items and none of them seem to represent anything major or new. Which is my way of suggesting that I doubt there will be much conversation tomorrow, perhaps because they’ll be conserving their energies for the in-camera update that will be occurring after the public meeting.

It will be a “mediation update” on the Johnson Street Bridge.  Continue reading June 25 PLUC Early Thoughts

June 18 GPC Summary & Observations

I totally called it with my prediction for a record short meeting this morning – all told the public section was 36 minutes long. It is important to note however that this minor public section was sandwiched between two incamera sessions (8am and then after the public meeting) where three items of incamera discussion occurred (e.g., personnel, an easement under Bay Street, and a proposed municipal mutual aid service as presented by the Fire Chief).

You can find the meeting agenda here and the meeting video here.

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June 18 GPC Early Thoughts

I must say that I found myself depressed after reading the “reports” attached to the June 18 GPC agenda. I say reports in quotations “” because the  major share of the 36 pages on the agenda seem to be a regurgitation of previous stuffs. That said, I do find it interesting how the GPC meeting tomorrow actually starts at 8am  with a one hour incamera discussion on Personnel as facilitated by Ms. Jenkyns, Conference Centre Manager and Deputy City Manager.

So what else do we have? Continue reading June 18 GPC Early Thoughts

June 11 PLUC Early Thoughts

It looks like it will be a quick PLUC meeting tomorrow as the agenda is quite short. Which is good because the Council meeting is going to be a long one with lots of Public Hearings and that micro-housing issue on the the Council agenda. So what do we have in the morning at the Planning and Land Use Committee?

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May 14 PLUC Summary & Observations

Can’t say I enjoyed the PLUC meeting this morning – I’m also not feeling well today, so that didn’t help. I did find it amusing though that staff were chatting amongst themselves beforehand about how they thought it would be a quick one. Council sure proved them wrong (1.5 hours) despite the short agenda. I even tweeted at one point:

PLUC Frustration

So what happened this morning? Here is the video if so inclined.  Continue reading May 14 PLUC Summary & Observations

May 14 PLUC Early Thoughts

The agenda for this week’s PLUC has lost one of it’s major projects since it was published last Thursday, but that’s ok because it’s less work for us to do. It is curious to note however that the item (a combined OCP amendment and rezoning on Caledonia)  was removed “as per applicant’s request”. I’m curious as to why?

So what else is on the agenda?

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March 12 Council Summary and Observations

It was a packed house last night – absolutely packed. At first I wondered why everyone was there, but it soon became clear that the focus of the night was the Public Hearing for the proposed Capital Park Development in James Bay. Despite my Early Thoughts and intention to stay for the duration of the meeting, I got up with pretty much everyone else and left at 10pm once a unanimous vote had been cast by Council in support of rezoning required by the Capital Park.

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March 12 Council Early Thoughts

As always, a unique assortment of items on the agenda for Council tomorrow with a collection of Public hearing items and public presentations to Council.  The fun kicks off with a reading from Youth Poet Laureate, Zoe Duhaime and three proclamations: Continue reading March 12 Council Early Thoughts