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Coming up at the July 6th Richmond Hill Council Meeting

Richmond Hill Council Meeting Wednesday July 6th, 2022 at 9:30am

This is the last Council meeting before the summer break. There will be one more on September 14th before the Richmond Hill Municipal Election on October 24th, 2022.


Items on the Agenda Include:


2021 to 2022 Season Winter Maintenance Review

  • According to the Staff Report, winter maintenance of the transportation network during the 2021 to 2022 winter season addressed four weather events that required plowing and de-icing, and 42 additional events that required anti-icing or de-icing treatment. The total cost to the City for the 2021 to 2022 season winter maintenance was approximately $7.86 million and target service levels were met or exceeded for all snowfall events with the exception of the January 17, 2022 storm.

Request for Approval - Greening the Hill Environment Strategy Update

  • The report outlines a proposed path towards a more sustainable future through release of the Environment Strategy Update. The updated goals, objectives and actions contained in this update will help guide Richmond Hill’s efforts to manage its environmental impacts, enhance local ecosystems, and create a more sustainable community over the next nine years. Together, we can cultivate a greener and more resilient community that values the environment and makes active decisions to protect it in our daily lives.

Response to Motion – Community Pickleball Facility Location

  • After reviewing a number of locations this Staff report has identified the panhandle lands of Richmond Hill DDO Park as a suitable location for a community pickleball facility within Richmond Hill, including the timing of designing and constructing such a facility. Given the information before staff at this time, the timeline to construct a community pickleball facility on the panhandle lands of Richmond Hill DDO Park can begin with design in 2023-24 and construction in 2025.

Memorandum from Interim City Manager, regarding Information Requested as part of deferral of Member Motion - Regional and Local Councillor Perrelli - Land Acknowledgement

  • The deferral motion requested that staff to provide Council with information on Indigenous Consultant including by not limited to the agreement with the consultant.

  • Given the sensitivity of settler-Indigenous relations and the lack of Indigenous expertise on staff, the City sought to hire an Indigenous consultant to facilitate this consultation and develop the text that would put the City in the best position to achieve agreement on an appropriate Land Acknowledgement. The process of developing the land acknowledgement in consultation with Indigenous communities is important for making it meaningful, building "buy-in" and for establishing the basis of ongoing relationships. Hiring a qualified consultant ensures our engagement with these communities is thorough and complete.

Member Motion - Regional and Local Councillor Perrelli - Land Acknowledgement - (Deferred from the June 22, 2022 Council meeting)

  • The Indigenous Action Committee of Richmond Hill developed a Land Acknowledgement which embodies the goals and wishes of the Richmond Hill Indigenous Community

Member Motion - Regional and Local Councillor Perrelli - Enforcing Regional By-law 2015-36

  • The motion claims that most of the signs being placed are without permit and most that are permitted, are placed contrary to the by-law; and these signs pose a host of issues, from safety to uniformity, with the City by-law; and both the City and my office continue to receive many complaints about these signs from Richmond Hill residents and businesses alike

  • This motion requests that City Manager Joslin be directed to ensure that the City enforces Regional by-law #2015-36 on an ongoing basis instead of on a complaint by complaint basis.

  • Maybe Council should also consider including the ongoing enforcement of the City sign by-law which disallows the many "Slow Down" signs that have popped up everywhere initiating many resident complaints.

Requests for Approval for Planning Applications

  • Zoning By-law Amendment Application – 73 Westwood Lane (and Denham Drive)

    • The applicant is seeking Council’s approval of its proposed Zoning By-law Amendment application to permit the creation of one additional building lot on its land holdings. Staff has undertaken a comprehensive review and evaluation of the applicant’s development proposal and is of the opinion that the submitted Zoning By-law Amendment application conforms with the applicable policies of the Official Plan, and that the proposal is appropriate and represents good planning

  • Draft Plan of Subdivision Application – 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 Bostwick Crescent and 2, 6 and 8 Bond Crescent (Oak Ridges)

    • The applicant is seeking Council’s approval of a draft Plan of Subdivision application in support of its proposal to construct a residential development comprised of 72 townhouse dwelling units on its land holdings. The proposed draft Plan of Subdivision conforms with the City’s Official Plan, is consistent with the recommendations of the Bond Crescent Infill Study and has appropriate regard for the criteria described under Subsection 51(24) of the Planning Act

  • Servicing Allocation and Noise Classification Requests – 178 Centre Street East (near the CN railway tracks)

    • The applicant is seeking Council’s approval of its request to grant municipal servicing allocation and to permit a Class 4 Area noise classification for the subject lands to facilitate the construction of the subject residential development on its land holdings. The development proposal satisfies the City’s Interim Growth Management Strategy criteria, achieves a “good” score in accordance with the City’s Sustainability Metrics performance level criteria and is consistent with the City’s servicing allocation policy.

  • Zoning By-law Amendment and Draft Plan of Subdivision Applications – 48 and 60 Beech Avenue and 363 Jefferson Sideroad

    • The applicant is seeking approval of its revised Zoning By-law Amendment and draft Plan of Subdivision applications to permit a residential development to be comprised of 46 common element condominium townhouse dwellings, in addition to blocks for open space, road widening and reserve purposes on its land holdings. Staff has completed a comprehensive review and evaluation of the applicant’s revised development proposal and is of the opinion that the submitted applications conform with the applicable policies of the City’s Official Plan, are consistent with the Harris-Beech Infill Study and the approved Master Environmental Servicing Plan (MESP) for the Harris-Beech Area, and have regard for the criteria described under Subsection 51(24) of the Planning Act. Staff is also of the opinion that the applicant’s revised applications are appropriate and represent good planning.

  • Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment Applications – 1070 Major Mackenzie Drive East (at Bayview)

    • The applicant is seeking Council’s approval of its Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications to permit a nine storey retirement residence on its land holdings. Staff is of the opinion that the proposed development is consistent with the PPS, conforms with the Growth Plan and the ROP, is consistent with the principles and broader policy direction for this part of the City as outlined in the Plan and represents good planning.

  • Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment Applications – 13572 and 13586 Bayview Avenue (south of Bloomington in Oak Ridges)

    • The applicants are seeking Council’s approval of its revised Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment applications to permit the construction of an eight storey mid-rise apartment building on the subject lands. Staff has completed a comprehensive review and evaluation of the proposed development and is of the opinion that the submitted applications conform with the overarching principles of the Plan, are appropriate in the context of the area and represent good planning.

  • Zoning By-law Amendment and Draft Plan of Subdivision Applications – 11580 Leslie Street (north of 19th Ave)

    • The applicant is seeking Council’s approval of its revised Zoning By-law Amendment and draft Plan of Subdivision applications to permit a residential development to be comprised of 19 townhouse dwelling units on its land holdings. Staff has completed a comprehensive review and evaluation of the applicant’s revised development proposal and is of the opinion that the submitted applications conform with the applicable policies of the North Leslie Secondary Plan and have regard for the criteria described under Subsection 51(24) of the Planning Act. Staff is also of the opinion that the applicant’s revised Zoning By-law Amendment and draft Plan of Subdivision applications are appropriate and represent good planning.

  • Draft Plan of Subdivision Application – 1577 to 1621 Major Mackenzie Drive East (between Leslie and the 404)

    • The applicant is seeking Council’s approval of its draft Plan of Subdivision application in support of its proposal to construct a residential development to be comprised of 114 single detached dwelling units on its land holdings. The proposed draft Plan of Subdivision has regard for the criteria described under Subsection 51(24) of the Planning Act and complies with Ontario Regulation 698/20. In light of the preceding, staff considers the development proposal to be appropriate and to represent good planning.

How You Can Participate in Council Meetings?

The public can observe meetings of Council and Committees by attending in-person (225 East Beaver Creek) or by viewing the livestream of the open session part of these meetings.


Public Comments: The public may submit written correspondence regarding agenda items by email to clerks@richmondhill.ca. Written correspondence must be submitted by 12 p.m. (noon) on the day before the meeting.


Delegations: Any person who wishes to speak to Council on agenda items must pre-register with the Office of the Clerk by 12 p.m. (noon) the day before the meeting. Applications to appear as a delegation can be submitted by email to clerks@richmondhill.ca or by using the on-line application form. Delegations can be in person, or electronically by video conference or telephone. The Office of the Clerk will provide instructions on appearing as a delegation.


Public Forum: Any person who wishes to speak to Council on a matter not on the agenda must pre-register with the Office of the Clerk by 12 p.m. (noon) the day before the meeting. Persons wanting to address Council during the Public Forum portion of the meeting must register by sending an email to clerks@richmondhill.ca or by using the on-line form. Public Forum participation can be in-person, or electronically by video conference or telephone. A maximum of five persons will be allowed to register for the Public Forum on a first come first serve basis.

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