Candidate Q&A Board

Questions asked by Candidates answers provided by Town Staff.

 

Question: How long has the Town’s transit system has been operational?

Transit in Penetanguishene started February 2016.

Question: What is the Town’s Long-term Debt?

Provided a copy of our 2017 year-end Debt Schedule and referred them to Note 7 (Infrastructure Ontario short-term construction financing for Sewage Treatment Plant Expansion), Note 17 (Long-term Debt for Firehall & Fire Aerial Truck financed by Infrastructure Ontario) & Note 18 (Tangible Capital Asset internal financing from our Hydro Electric Commission Reserve Fund) of our 2017 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements.

Question: Can you explain the Town’s adopted new Official Plan.

Council of the Town of Penetanguishene adopted a new Official Plan on June 27, 2018.  The document has now been sent to the County of Simcoe for final approval.  Of note in the new Official Plan are the four new schedules.  To provide high level information related to the schedules the following are points of note:

1)      Land Use Schedule – for the most part land use designations and their locations are the same, with a few exceptions:

  1. The “downtown” has been split into two land use designations:  “Downtown and Waterfront Area” and “Mixed Use and Commercial Area”.  These land use designation reflect the differences within the town’s historical “core” and the other commercial areas which are similar to a highway commercial type of use.
  2. Major Open Space designation is specifically for Rotary Wendat Champlain Park.  The Town has recognized in the new OP that this park warrants special consideration. Further, an Open Space designation for all parkland has been removed.  Parks are permitted in ANY land use designation.
  3. A small area on the east side of Fuller Avenue has been designated as Employment Uses to offset the potential loss of employment lands from the south side of Robert Street East between Fuller Avenue and Thompsons Road.
  4. An Environmental Protection designation continues in the new Plan which is further supported by Schedule B1. This is the “trigger” for further study.

2)      Policy Overlays – this is a new schedule which includes “policy overlays” which are “triggers” for additional study or work.  These areas are tied to the Planning and Community Development Departments 10 year capital plan.  The impacts are as follows:

  1. Environmental Protection 2 overlay, which identifies that the properties in this overlay may have significant environmental features and require further study.
  2. Future Study Areas – are five areas within the Town that warrant additional study, policy and regulatory frameworks.  For instance, the Upper Main Street area, is intended to be largely commercial; however, as a large component of the lands have access on a future public road and are current vacant, the Town may wish consider special development policies for these lands.
  3. The second policy overlay schedule B2 reflects the Source Protection Plan and was adopted by Council in 2016 through an amendment.

3)      Transportation Network – in the new Official Plan the schedule has been updated to reflect changes in the policy portion of the document; specifically, the removal of a three tiered hierarchy of road systems (local, collector and arterial) to a two tiered system (local and major).   Future planned roads have been removed (ie. Beck Boulevard extension and Thompson Road West extension).

Development Activity

The Town was impacted by the real estate boom of late 2015 to 2017/2018 as it related to new home construction.  On average between 2005 and 2015 the Town would see approximately 20 new homes a year.  In 2016 there were 53 new dwellings constructed, in 2017 104 new dwellings and as of July 2018 – 21 new dwellings.  Staff are estimating approximately 50 new homes to be built in 2019.  Staff have reviewed the Town’s current supply of existing lots of records (which includes vacant lots in registered plans of subdivision), approximately 50 lots and approximately 110 lots draft approved (this excludes 2 subdivisions Champlain Woods and Phase 2 of Marchildon Subdivision – that require a Zoning By-law Amendment). Given the even the historical construction figures, the Town has a supply of less than 8 years for housing and should the market continue to be strong, a 2 or 3 year supply left.   The town now has to consider “where” new housing is going to go, realizing that the market will drive the location.

This is a discussion that Council needs to have to understand where are “greenfield” potential is:  Rolling Sands, Queen’s Court, St. Andrew’s Village, Thompsons Road East are some examples.  Focus should be on “what is appropriate” as opposed to “not here”.

Question: Can I have a link to the Summer 2017 Great Places to See and Winterama Commercials?

Link provided: https://www.facebook.com/Penetanguishene/videos/1292490937516411/

The Winterama commercial 2018 has not been uploaded to any of the Town’s social media accounts therefore a link will not be provided.

 

Question:  Can I have an event in my business to promote voting in the election. I will offer free use of a private area where a computer will be set up and internet access for where people can vote.

The Clerk reviewed the Municipal Election Act and there is no reference to this specific question, however it does refer to Section 48 (3) where “Voting Place” is defined as  “voting place includes any place in the immediate vicinity of the voting place designated by the clerk.”.  The Clerk confirmed that there are no designated “Voting Places” in the Town of Penetanguishene for the 2018 election as we are utilizing telephone and internet voting only.  We will not have a poll on Election Day.  This means that anywhere that there is a phone or an internet connection is a place where someone can vote.   Because of this definition within the Municipal Elections Act – the location of the business is not deemed a voting place and therefore not within the regulation of the Municipal Elections Act.

Question: Can a candidate use a business as a voting site as well as using the election to advertise/promote his business?  The event is also encouraging people to take a selfie after they vote, is this legal?

The Clerk reviewed the Municipal Election Act and there is no reference to this specific question, however it does refer to Section 48 (3) where “Voting Place” is defined as  “voting place includes any place in the immediate vicinity of the voting place designated by the clerk.”.  The Clerk confirmed that there are no designated “Voting Places” in the Town of Penetanguishene for the 2018 election as we are utilizing telephone and internet voting only.  We will not have a poll on Election Day.  This means that anywhere that there is a phone or an internet connection is a place where someone can vote.   Because of this definition within the Municipal Elections Act – the location of the business is not deemed a voting place and therefore not within the regulation of the Municipal Elections Act

Related to the “selfie” question – again, this is not specifically identified in the Municipal Election Act but I believe the legality you are referencing may be related to a photo includes a picture included an image of how the person voted, or a photo of someone in a poll station / voting place of which we have already determined this is not.   The event states that the picture would be taken after the vote has taken place (not during the vote).  Whether residents do this and share on social media throughout the election wherever they choose to vote - is not something I can regulate. 

Question: Residents can expect to get their Voter Registration cards in the mail nearing the end of September, however, Canada Post employees will be in a legal strike position as of September 26. Has there been any thought at the Town office about having the cards sent earlier to avoid potential problems with delivery?

Penetanguishene is taking preventative measures related to the Voter Information Letters with the potential Canada Post strike.  The Voter Information Letters which were scheduled to be brought to Canada Post the last week of September and delivered the first week of October will now be delivered directly from Toronto where they were prepared to Penetanguishene Townhall directly under the care of the Town Clerk, Stacey Cooper. 

If the strike does not occur, the letters will be processed by our local Canada Post service, however if strike action affects the delivery, the Clerk will determine the best course of action to distribute the letters depending on the circumstances.

Question: Are Voter's PIN and ID secure? What if someone gets the information and uses it?

It is important to note that stealing and opening another person’s mail is illegal. It is also illegal to represent yourself as another person and steal their right to vote in an election.  Both of these acts are illegal and have penalties (fines and imprisonment) defined by law.  If you know someone has voted a PIN illegally you should report it to the election officials which will then be reported to the Ontario Provincial Police and investigated fully.


Question: How difficult will it be for Voters to cast their vote on the Internet?

Watch this video to see how simple it is to vote by internet: 

 

Question:  What about Long Term Care facilities?  Will they have a polling station set up?

The Town will be providing a "Mobile Help Centre" for the Long Term Care facilities where residents will be able to be added to the voters list as well as an opportunity to vote - with or without assistance.

Question:  What are the posts for at the property at the corner of Chapman Road and Fuller Avenue?

The Town issue a sign permit for a marketing sign for a future residential development on the property.  The sign amendment was granted in 2016 by Council for the size of the sign.

 

Question: Related to 1145 Fuller Avenue. St. Andrew’s Village development.

1)      How many lots/dwellings are they proposing?

2)      What sizes of lots?

3)      What types of housing?

The majority of that information is unknown at this point.  The Official Plan Amendment application which resulted in a settlement granted by the OMB was for a maximum of 400 persons.