Notice to Close Unopened Road Allowances And Intent to Deem Property Surplus

The Corporation of the City of Kenora has received an application to purchase City Property including 2 unopened road allowances in the area of Pine Portage Road and Highway 17 E. The purpose of this notice is to notify the public of the by-law that will be under consideration to close unopened road allowances and declare the land surplus. The By-law will be placed on the Agenda for consideration by Council at a Special Meeting on September 10th, 2019. Council will at the said Special Meeting, hear in person, or by Counsel or representative, persons who apply to be heard, by submitting a deputation with the Clerk’s office.

The lanes are described as follows: PCL 2771 SEC DKF SRO; LANE PL M63 LYING E OF LOT 33 PL M63 & W OF LOTS 34, 35, 36 & PT OF LT 37 PL M63 & N OF PT 4, 23R7748; KENORA. BEING ALL OF THE PIN 42168-0227(LT); and PCL 2771 SEC DKF SRO; LANE PL M63 LYING S OF LOTS 25-33 PL M63 & N OF LOTS 70-78 PL M63; KENORA. BEING ALL OF THE PIN 42168-0228(LT).

Other lands subject to declaration of surplus and sale are described as PINs 42168-0146, 42168-0145, and 42168-0144.

Refer to the key map below.

Map Location Close Unopened Road Allow and Deem Property Surplus

The property is proposed to be sold and consolidated to allow for development.

Inquiries and submissions can be made to Devon McCloskey, City Planner, at 807-467-2059, by email at dmccloskey@kenora.ca or at the address below.

Information about the application is available to the public, by appointment, during regular office hours at the City of Kenora, Planning Department, 2nd Floor, 60 Fourteenth Street North, Kenora, Ontario P9N 4M9.

Dated at the City of Kenora this 29th day of August, 2019.

Kenora Recreation Centre Plans Mock Evacuation

Tomorrow, the City of Kenora will carry out a mock evacuation of the Kenora Recreation Centre. The evacuation test is scheduled to take place on August 29th between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

During the mock evacuation, those who are in attendance at the Kenora Recreation Centre will be asked to participate in following emergency procedures to clear the building when the alarm sounds. This mock evacuation will test the effectiveness of our evacuation procedures to make sure we are prepared during a real emergency.

Residents can expect to see emergency first responders, police, fire, and medical agencies respond with lights activated and various groups of people gathered outside of the building.

“It’s important that from time-to-time Recreation staff test the effectiveness of their evacuation plan to help ensure that staff are prepared in the event that a real evacuation is required,” says Stace Gander, Manager of Community Services.

Fire and Emergency Services Manager Todd Skene says, “This mock evacuation is part of the City of Kenora’s efforts to ensure that our staff are committed to emergency preparedness, are well trained, and that the public are safe in the event of a disaster or emergency. This is not only important for City building and facilities, but it is also important for all residents to have a plan and be prepared. Knowing what to do in a crisis is critical. Mock exercises allow us to be better prepared and set an example for our residents to adopt emergency preparedness at home.”

The safety of our residents and City staff is a priority for the City of Kenora; practice drills are essential to meeting that goal and supporting our commitment to preparedness.

Speed Radar Signs

Please be advised that speed radar signs are now in place around the City of Kenora. The locations have been strategically selected based on concerns from citizens regarding vehicles speeding in their neighbourhoods.

The speed radar signs are intended to inform motorists of their rate of speed, alerting them to slow down if travelling over the posted speed limit. Licenced drivers are responsible for the safe operation of their vehicle, which includes following posted speed limit signs.

The speed radar signs DO NOT take photos and DO NOT track or record licence plate information. The signs DO track and record the speed of each passing vehicle.

The City will be utilizing the compiled data to better assess traffic and parking regulations, road development and configuration, and to assess speed limits and community safety zones. The City will also notify the O.P.P. of areas of concern with persistent speeding, allowing them to add increased enforcement in those areas.

The speed radar signs are also equipped with geo-tracking devices. The devices alert City staff to any unauthorized movement of the signs and allow the signs to be returned to their intended location. If the signs are removed by anyone other than City staff, the parties responsible for their theft will be dealt with accordingly.

The City thanks the public for their cooperation.

Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment D14-19-08

Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment D14-19-08 To Comprehensive Zoning By-Law No. 101-2015
Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, s. 34

Notice is hereby given, that the Council of the City of Kenora passed By-Law No. 124 – 2019 at a meeting on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019, under Section 34 of the Planning Act, RSO 1990, c. P.13, as amended; thereby giving approval to a Zoning By-law Amendment. Public notice of the Application was given in reference to Planning File No. D14-19-08.

Location of Property: 915 Ottawa Street, PLAN 18 BLK 49 LOT 12; Townsite of Keewatin. Refer to the location sketch below.

Purpose and Effect: To change zoning of property as identified from Institutional (I) to Residential Density 3 – R3[45] to allow an existing building to apply for a change of use permit for an apartment dwelling containing six units, having interior and exterior access; with legal non-complying building setbacks (4.3 m front yard, 0.6 m interior side yard, 8 m rear yard), a total of 10 parking spaces on site, and 7 parking spaces having reduced lengths of 5.36 m.

Effect of Public Submissions on this Decision: Council received comments and had the opportunity to consider each; housing is a top priority for the City and the proposal to increase supply within the Established Area is consistent with the Official Plan.

Other Planning Applications Relevant to the Subject Location: As of today’s date, no other applications are anticipated.

Any Person or Public Body May Appeal this Decision to the Local Appeals Tribunal by filing with Heather Pihulak, City Clerk, City of Kenora, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON, P9N 3X2, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019. The notice of appeal must:

i) Set out the reasons for the appeal. The reasons for the appeal must include an explanation of how the proposed Official Plan Amendment and/or Zoning By-law Amendment: are inconsistent with a provincial policy statement issued under subsection 3(1) of the Planning Act; fail to conform with or conflict with a provincial plan; or fail to conform with the City of Kenora Official Plan (November 5, 2015);
ii) Set out the specific part or parts of the proposed Official Plan Amendment and / or Zoning By-law Amendment to which the appeal applies; and
iii) Be accompanied by the fee prescribed under the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017 in the amount of $300.00, payable by cheque to the Minister of Finance, Province of Ontario.

Only individuals, corporations and public bodies may appeal a by-law to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf.

No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of appeal unless, before the by-law was passed, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

Additional Information relating to the zoning by-law amendment is available for inspection during regular office hours at the Operations Centre at 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner, at 807-467-2059 or dmccloskey@kenora.ca, if you require more information.

Personal information that accompanies a submission will be collected under the authority of the Planning Act and may form part of the public record which may be released to the public.

Dated at the City of Kenora this 22nd day of August, 2019

Map Location D14-19-08

Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting D14-19-08

Notice of Decision for Official Plan Amendment D09-19-02 and Zoning By-law Amendment D14-19-07

Notice of Decision for Official Plan Amendment, File No. D09-19-02, to the City of Kenora Official Plan (November 5, 2015) and Zoning By-law Amendment, File No. D14-19-07, to the City of Kenora Comprehensive Zoning By-law No. 101-2015
Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, s. 17 and 34

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the City of Kenora passed By-law No. 111-2019 at a meeting on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019, under Section 17 of the Planning Act, RSO 1990, c. P.13, as amended.

AND TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the City of Kenora passed By-law No. 112-2019 at a meeting on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019, under Section 34 of the Planning Act, RSO 1990, c. P.13, as amended.

DESCRIPTION OF LANDS: property located at 66 Cambrian Drive located at the Northwest End of Cambrian Drive refer to the key map below.

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT (BY-LAW NO. 111-2019) IS TO: change the designation of the subject property to allow for a campground and resort as site specific exceptions in addition to those uses permitted in the Rural Zone. This will enable use of the property as a small farm and small campground, offering people travelling with horses short term accommodation, and the potential for summer & year-round cabins in a future phase of development, not to exceed 25% of the total property area.

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT (BY-LAW NO.112 -2019): is to rezone the subject location to RU [44] thereby allowing for a campground and resort as site specific exemptions in addition to those uses permitted in the Rural Zone. This will enable use of the property as a small farm and small campground, offering people travelling with horses short term accommodation, and the potential for summer & year-round cabins in a future phase of development, not to exceed 25% of the total property area.

EFFECT OF PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS ON THIS DECISION: Council deferred a decision on the applications to allow additional time for the public to submit comments. Comments were given consideration by Council, who noted that the concerns as submitted, were not related to the specific applications for added use of the private property for a small campground and cabins. Councillors who were in support of the applications noted that concerns related to the use City property would be brought forward with a recommendation by the Community Services Department at a meeting in the near future.

ANY PERSON OR PUBLIC BODY MAY APPEAL THIS DECISION to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal by filing with Heather Pihulak, City Clerk, City of Kenora, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON, P9N 3X2, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019. The notice of appeal must:
i) Set out the reasons for the appeal. The reasons for the appeal must include an explanation of how the proposed Official Plan Amendment and/or Zoning By-law Amendment: are inconsistent with a provincial policy statement issued under subsection 3(1) of the Planning Act; fail to conform with or conflict with a provincial plan; or fail to conform with the City of Kenora Official Plan (November 5, 2015);
ii) Set out the specific part or parts of the proposed Official Plan Amendment and / or Zoning By-law Amendment to which the appeal applies; and
iii) Be accompanied by the fee prescribed under the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017 in the amount of $300.00, payable by cheque to the Minister of Finance, Province of Ontario.

The proposed Official Plan Amendment (By-law No. 111-2019) is exempt from approval by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The decision of the Council of the City of Kenora is final if a notice of appeal is not received on or before the last day for filing a notice of appeal.

Only individuals, corporations or public bodies may appeal a decision of the municipality or planning board to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf.

No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the plan was adopted, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION relating to the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment is available for inspection during regular office hours at the Operations Centre. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner: Tel: 807-467-2059 or Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca, if you require more information.

Personal information that accompanies a submission will be collected under the authority of the Planning Act and may form part of the public record which may be released to the public.

Dated at the City of Kenora this 22nd day of August, 2019

Map Location D09-19-02 D14-19-07

 

 

City Transit Struck By Train

The City transit was struck this morning at approximately 10:00 a.m. by a train at the Government Road intersection in Keewatin.

Thankfully, all passengers on the transit were uninjured and everyone is safe. First Student Canada operates the City Transit through a contract agreement with the City and the driver of the transit was a First Student employee.

The City is working closely with emergency services, First Student, and Canadian Pacific (CP) to ensure the safety of the passengers and will resume transit service as soon as possible.

There are no further details surrounding the incident at this time.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Blitz

Alarmed for Life

Please be advised on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm, Kenora Fire and Emergency Services will be conducting a door-to-door blitz in the north end of the City.

The crew will be speaking to residents, in the area outlined on the map below, to ensure they have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Residents are reminded that smoke alarms are required on every level of their residence and carbon monoxide alarms are required for all residences with fuel fired appliances.

For further information contact City of Kenora Fire Emergency services at 807-467-2090.

Alarm Blitz NorthEnd_OverallMap

Notice of Marine Work in Golf Course Bay

Wauzhushk Onigum Nation Water and Wastewater Systems Upgrade

Notice of Marine Work in Golf Course Bay

Makkinga Contractors has been contracted by the Wauzhushk Onigum Nation to provide improvements to their local infrastructure. The purpose of this work is to provide potable water to the residents of the Wauzhushk Onigum Nation.

During the installation of the new watermain between Devil’s Gap Marina and Coast Guard Dock; boaters are asked to use caution and watch for temporary buoys and construction activities while navigating through the bay.

Start Date: August 11, 2019
Completion Date: September 15, 2019

While there may be occasional delays, at no time will boaters be fully restricted from entering or exiting the bay. We will endeavour to minimize disruptions and delays during this time.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact our office as noted above. We again apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,
Kristin Kapush

Site Contact: David Makkinga Project Manager 807-626-6811

Notice of Marine Work 07-30-2019

Bus Stop Temporary Changes

Due to downtown revitalization construction, downtown bus stops have been temporarily relocated.

The following bus stops have temporarily moved to Bernier Drive on the harbourfront, pick up at the cross walk:

#1 (Matheson Street/First Street – Hing’s corner)
#34 Main Street/McClellan Ave – eye doctor)
#54 (City Hall)

Bus stop #35 (Chipman Street/Market Square) has moved to Matheson Street – by the chip truck at Market Square.

 

Change of Recycle Collection Method

Please be advised effective August 1, 2019, the City of Kenora will no longer accept recycle items placed in plastic bags at curbside and the Transfer Station.

At curbside, all items must be placed loosely in a Blue Box, bin, tote, or other suitable container.  Items in a plastic bag will not be collected. Residents may find that bagged recycle items will be left behind with an attached note explaining the collection change. Residents are encouraged to flatten and crush items to create more room in the Blue Box. Multiple Blue Boxes may be used if needed.

All recycle items must be washed and cleaned before placing in the Blue Box or dropping off at the Transfer Station.

Cascade Recovery Inc., where Kenora’s recycle items are sent to be processed, has requested this change. Plastic bags get caught in the recycle processing equipment designed for loose material. The bags trap good items and increase the amount of comingle sent to the landfill instead of being recycled. The City of Kenora will be forced to pay a tipping fee to Cascade Recovery Inc. for any loads of comingle containing plastic bags or items that are not acceptable, or worse, lose the privilege to process recycle items at their facility.

The City appreciates your participation in the Blue Box program and all efforts to divert waste from the landfill.

Market Square Bus Stop Temporary Relocation

Effective Wednesday, July 10th the Market Square bus stop will be relocated to Matheson Street to accommodate the construction on Chipman Street.  See map below for the new location.

Matheson Street Bus Stop Relocation

Downtown Construction Chipman Street up to Second Street

Construction works are progressing well in the next phase of our Downtown Revitalization project.

The contractors are now at a point where an additional road closure will take place. Chipman Street will be closed effective July 10, 2019 from 1st Street South to 2nd Street South. This closure impacts the City transit main depot which will be relocated to Matheson Street South directly in front of the Market Square plaza (Chip Truck area). The parking meter located directly in front will be covered and this will become the City Transit stop for Market Square, temporarily during this closure.

We have covered several meters on Matheson Street to accommodate the traffic flow, and appreciate the public respecting the signage and adhere to those no parking areas which will improve traffic flow in the area. The City has received numerous messages through social media and otherwise suggesting the traffic signals be changed to improve traffic flow. City engineers did review this option prior to the works starting, however, changing the traffic signals is not a straightforward undertaking as changing one set of signals affects pedestrian crossing cycles, and timing of other intersections as Second St and Main St are the primary streets to ensure traffic flow is optimized. Additional wiring would be required to change the signal configuration at the Matheson and Second St S intersection, and the traffic signals are not programmed locally making this option not feasible for the short term traffic challenges.

We thank the public for their continued patience during our construction period. The end result of this project will be a beautiful enhancement to our downtown and the challenges we are facing with traffic flow will be well worth these short term challenges.

Heather Pihulak, City Clerk/Communications Lead (807) 467-2295
hpihulak@kenora.ca