Whereas City staff and officials have been meeting with the Province of Ontario to resolve objections by Markham Council pertaining to the Transit Oriented Community (TOC) as proposed by Infrastructure Ontario at the YNSE Bridge Station; and,
Whereas an enhanced Minister's Zoning Order was issued on April 14, 2022 which the City of Markham rejects; and,
Whereas Bill 109 amended the Planning Act on April 14, 2022 reducing the parkland requirements in provincial TOCs; and,
Whereas the Province of Ontario is requesting that the City of Markham enter into a TOC Agreement in Principle (“AIP”) which is to be executed by April 29, 2022 and sets out the implementation of the TOC processes and future requirements.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
- The City of Markham advise the Province of Ontario that the City does not agree with the AIP as it is inconsistent with the City's interests, priorities, and concerns and will therefore not execute it in its current form; and,
- That staff be directed to continue negotiating the AIP with the Province to ensure that critical elements of the City’s interests are addressed in the AIP; and further,
- That staff be directed to report back to Council on the outcome of the negotiations.