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Mayoral Candidate Barb Baguley
Q3: I cannot provide a detailed response as I currently have not read the reports and funding formula at this date. If there is no capacity in the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) there will be no building. Therefore the Town of Innisfil (TOI) would not be able to issue building any building permits. The part that is most concerning is the lack of servicing for Employment Opportunities so that creates a double edged sword problem with the need for servicing Employment Lands and a designated residential growth area. This will certainly require working with the County of Simcoe and the Provincial Government as well as the development community.
Q4: YES This will certainly require working with the County of Simcoe and the Provincial Government as well as the development community. It must be a win-win solution must be found.
Q5: YES This will certainly require working with the County of Simcoe and the Provincial Government as well as the development community. It must be a win-win-win solution that will have to be found. We do not exist in isolation and partnerships with mutually beneficial provisions are going to be a required.
Q6: OTHER I am going to assume that you mean affordable housing and social housing are the same thing. I recognize the Social Housing Provincial Grants for Innisfil is usually managed by the County of Simcoe.
I support affordable housing in our community for both seniors and families.
Q8: “Reducing cost to live in Innisfil where possible. (This difference cannot be made by one person. It has to be a philosophic change.)”
Mayoral Candidate Lynn Dollin
Q1: Yes I would support advocating for the province to continue to support the LSPP. I believe the septic inspection program alone is making a big difference. I would like to see a regular review to ensure the policies are having the desired impact and to enable the science.Q2: YES Our natural heritage and open space mapping in our new OP and zoning bylaw addresses this.
Q3: OTHER You’re correct that a recent building boom has required us to recalculate our numbers but the Town has been planning for these upgrades for years. Innisfil’s Lakeshore Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) has sufficient capacity for all current residents and all planned and approved residents in perpetuity. The expansion is to address our future growth. It will be financed by developers who are prepared to pay up front development charges if they wish to establish new neighbourhoods in our town. It’s important to note that water and sewer services are totally user pay and have no impact on property taxes. Town finances are governed by council. Council approves a budget and establishes priorities for capital infrastructure needs and operating service levels. Council then receives a quarterly report on revenues and expenditures comparing them with budget forecasts and highlighting any anomalies. The infrastructure gap is a province wide problem. For all of the taxes that we pay (income tax, sales tax, property tax, education tax, gas tax,etc etc ), only 9 cents of each dollar goes to municipalities. The federal gov’t gets 47 cents and the province 44 cents. Municipalities own more infrastructure that is required to be maintained, repaired, replaced and expanded than the other two levels of governments combined.
Q4: YES I am answering yes to this with one caveat. Yes we need a financially sustainable model but I would not want to limit our opportunities to simply development charges. Public Private partnerships have been used
successfully in projects like this and should be investigated. I would also like to say that this is one piece of a much bigger picture. Our town, after years of consultation, has approved “our place” our new Official Plan. This then allows us to add the other layers such as zoning bylaws, master transportation plans, storm water plans and master servicing plans. All of these plans work cohesively and move forward the vision of “our place”
Q5: YES We were one of the first to do this in early 2000s when we agreed to supply Bradford West Gwillimbury with water.
Q6: YES The housing crisis is too big for one level of government to solve on it’s own. I was pleased to have participated in talks Minister Duclos and be present for the announcement of the National Housing Strategy. On a Provincial level there is a new land use planning tool that we may use to require affordable housing units to be included in residential developments of 10 units or more. There are many steps to implementing Inclusionary zoning (IZ) in our community which I would be in favour of investigating. Finally, the County of Simcoe has an Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (which includes the Cities of Barrie and Orillia). Their job is to support the implementation of our 10 year affordable housing and homelessness prevention strategy. Our overall goal is 2,685 units by 2024. We are slightly above target at this time. Innisfil has an affordable housing development currently under construction at Innisfil Beach Road and 25 Sideroad. I can tell you that the biggest obstacle to affordable housing in Innisfil is the reluctance and backlash from some existing residents. People’s perceptions of who may require assistance in the housing market needs to change.
Q7: NO I support protecting and preserving farmland and source water protection areas but I don’t believe we need another special planning policy to do it. Our new official plan and zoning by laws already do this and with the province moving from the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) there is much less opportunity to have our plans overruled. Also, as chair of the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Committee I can tell you that the policies that municipalities must conform to in vulnerable areas in our plan are much more stringent than those in the Greenbelt plan.
Q8: “At the end of four years to have every resident of Innisfil feeling positive and having confidence in their local government.”