Extra late night for Kings County council, planning changes for Port Williams fast-tracked

Jennifer Hoegg and Kirk Starratt
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If Kings County councillors looked a little sleepy yesterday morning, they had a good reason.

It was a late night for council March 4 and an early morning March 5 when there was a 9 a.m. budget presentation workshop.

Prior to the regular monthly council meeting Tuesday night, a public hearing was held at 6 p.m. for three planning matters: proposed amendments for separation distances in the country residential zone, a development agreement for a tourist accommodation in Port Williams and a development agreement amendment for Mercon Place, Coldbrook.

Following the public hearing, which took the better part of an hour, a debate ensued over the agenda for the regular meeting. Chief administrative officer Tom MacEwan suggested moving municipal economic development fund (MEDF) applications to a special council meeting on March 10. There were no MEDF items on the agenda circulated for approval; however, there were MEDF items on the agenda posted online and sent to councillors in advance of the meeting.  

Following a lengthy debate, council decided to approve the original agenda, which included the economic development fund applications.

The only matter postponed until March 10 was the $25,000 request for a new projector for the Zedex Theatre at 14 Wing Greenwood. Council agreed to the referral, as it was requested by area Coun. Wayne Atwater, who wanted to be there for the matter but was away on Federation of Canadian Municipalities business.

Council voted to allow the regular meeting to run until 10 p.m. but it was closer to 10:30 when it adjourned. There was then an in camera session until midnight or later to discuss three topics: matter of litigation or potential litigation, a personnel matter and contract negotiations regarding land.

Fast tracked planning changes

After the in camera meeting, council met in open session to approve a motion to amend planning services’ work plan to prioritize a project to amend the municipal planning strategy and land use bylaw to “allow a private school to locate as-of-right in the Growth Centre of Port Williams, within R2 Zone areas that are located along collector roads.”

The motion also stated the work should proceed “as fast as possible, including efforts made to schedule committee and council meetings at special scheduled meetings times.”

MacEwan said Thursday the private school “matter was contractual in nature and the MPS and LUB amendments were required to move the matter forward.”

Organizations: Kings County council, Zedex Theatre, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Geographic location: Port Williams

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