NEW MARINA SLIPS INSTALLED IN THE COLLINGWOOD HARBOUR
On Thursday, August 22, the Town of Collingwood installed 44 new marina slips in the Collingwood Harbour. Two new spines were installed, with each spine offering 22 boat slips. This dock expansion is part of the Collingwood Harbour Concept Plan.
146 slips are now available for seasonal and transient boaters.
The boating season goes until October 31. In order to occupy a slip at the Collingwood Harbour, boaters must obtain a licence from the Harbour Attendant and pay the required fee. Seasonal mooring requests must be submitted through the Harbour Docks Allocation procedure.
Collingwood Harbour Slip Installation History:
Pre 2013 - 16 slips available in the Collingwood Harbour.
2013 - Town of Collingwood added a 476’ head dock, one 160’ spine of 22 slips, and 300’ of promenade dock with 15 transient docking spots
2017 - Town purchased private dockage of 12 slips.
2018 - Town purchased one 160’ spine of 22 slips and 300’ more feet of Promenade docks for another 15 transient docking spots.
2019 - Town installed two more spines, adding 44 slips.
Visit the Collingwood Harbour
The Collingwood Harbour area is full of activities, offering breathtaking views, romantic sunsets, countless places to explore, boat launch areas and charter tours, spectacular places to sail and windsurf, trails upon trails for hiking, remote fishing areas, exciting paddling adventures, and much more!
The harbour sits at the north end of historic downtown Collingwood, all within easy reach from Collingwood’s downtown core. You’ll discover a collection of upscale shops, inviting restaurants and cafés, a liquor store, drug stores, one stop grocery stores, and Collingwood’s historic Gayety Theatre and Simcoe Street Theatre.
SAFETY FIRST & SLOW DOWN Collingwood kids have started their morning commute to school. Watch your speed and be aware of your surroundings. Safety first, and Slow down, especially in our school safety zones.
Our dedicated Town of Collingwood Crossing Guards will be out doing their part to make sure students cross the streets safely.
Motorists can do their part by waiting until the entire crosswalk is empty of both pedestrians and the crossing guard before proceeding.
COLLINGWOOD ART CRAWL - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 The Collingwood Art Crawl is a free, self-guided art walk, featuring more than 100 artists at multiple venues, set to live music.
Join the fun on Saturday, September 21 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Historic Downtown Collingwood.
This year there are 40 venues, over 70 visual artists (photography, jewellery, sculpture, paintings, mixed media, textile, and pottery), and 56 musical acts from across Ontario (original music in a range of genres from freak folk to jazz and everything in between).
PLAYGROUND ENGAGEMENT WITH CHILDREN’S TREATMENT NETWORK On August 21, 2019, The Town of Collingwood’s Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department met with the Children’s Treatment Network at the Collingwood Public Library to engage with youth on the design of a new playground facility at Sunset Point Park.
The Children’s Treatment Network (CTN) supports children and youth with special needs, in their homes, communities, and schools. In an effort to give voice to the kids and families supported by the Children’s Treatment Network and prioritize their opinions on this playground project, Town Staff met with youth in grades 8 to 12, to discuss creating a safe, inclusive, accessible area for play. A great discussion was had on the 7 key forms of play (active, artistic, creative, sensory, games, social, and reflective) and ideas for play space features at the new Sunset Point Park Playground. This youth consultation opportunity builds from an earlier session held with CTN families and staff in late June.
This feedback, along with feedback from our March survey, June Youth Engagement Sessions, and August Family Engagement Sessions, will help guide the design work for the next edition of the Sunset Point Playground.
This playground re-design will serve to revitalize the park environment, supporting healthy development for children across the community.
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Save The Date! Join in on this Family Engagement Workshop about the new Sunset Point Park Playground design project on Saturday, September 14 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Sunset Point Pavilion.
This is a great opportunity to share your ideas, discover information about the design project, and help support the healthy development of children across the community.
CENTENNIAL AQUATIC CENTRE CLOSED FOR ANNUAL MAINTENANCE Pool will be closed from September 1 to September 23
Beginning on Sunday, September 1, the Centennial Aquatic Centre will be closed for 3 weeks due to annual building maintenance. The pool closure will be in effect until Monday, September 23.
The Centennial Aquatic Centre is located in Heritage Park at the corners of Third Street and Spruce Street (451 Third Street). It is operated by the Town of Collingwood Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department. Contact our Recreation Service Advisor at 705-444-2500 x3382 for more information.
FALL & WINTER ACTIVITY GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE Experience Collingwood!
Skiing, Hockey, Snowmobiling, Ice-fishing, Recreation & Well-being, Vibrant Seasonal Festivals & Entertainment. Enjoy the fun of a thrilling Fall & Winter in Collingwood.
Hard-copies of the Community Activity Guide are also available at Town Hall and the Centennial Aquatic Centre.
HERITAGE DRIVE ROAD PAVING Road Paving on Heritage Drive from Waterside Lane to the Marina Parking Lot was completed in August 2019.
This paving project was part of the Town's 2019 Street Paving Plan and offers improved access to the Marina, the Boat Launch, and Millennium Park.
NOTICE OF PASSING OF DEVELOPMENT CHARGES BY-LAW TAKE NOTICE that on Monday, August 26, 2019, the Council of The Corporation of the Town of Collingwood passed By-law No. 2019-054 under Section 2 of the Development Charges Act, 1997, which imposes Town-wide development charge rates.
AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or organization may appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal in respect to the by-law by filing with the Clerk of The Corporation of the Town of Collingwood, not later than Monday, October 7, 2019, a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the by-law and the reasons in support of the objection.
The charges in the aforementioned by-law will apply to all new residential and non-residential development, subject to certain terms, conditions and limited exemptions as identified therein.
Development charges are levied against new development to pay for the increased capital costs related to the provision of such Town services as Fire Protection Services, Police Protection Services, Transit, Parking and By-law, Outdoor Recreation Services, Indoor Recreation Services, Library Services, General Government, Roads and Related, Wastewater Services and Water Services. The development charges imposed by the by-law are as follows:
Residential Development Charge(Per Dwelling Unit)
Rate Phase-In Schedule
Single & Semi-Detached
Apartments 2+ Bedrooms
Apartments Bachelor or 1 Bedroom
Non-Residential Charge Per Square Metre of GFA
Sept. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019
Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020
Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2021
Jan. 1, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2022
Jan. 1, 2023 to Dec. 31, 2023
Jan. 1, 2024 to By-Law Expiry
Both the residential and non-residential development charge rates are in effect as of September 1, 2019. Copies of the by-law can be viewed and downloaded at the Town of Collingwood website at www.collingwood.ca. The complete development charges by-law can also be examined at the Town Clerk’s Office from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday at the address shown below.
A key map has not been included in this notice as the Town-wide development charges applies to all lands located within the boundaries of the Town of Collingwood.
For further information, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 705-445-1030.
MUSEUM GETS READY FOR 3RD ANNUAL SHIPYARD SOCIAL Collingwood Shipyards an important part of the Town’s history
The Collingwood Museum invites you to celebrate the men and women of the Collingwood Shipyards at the 3rd annual Shipyard Social on Saturday, September 7, between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM. The Collingwood Shipyards are an important part of the Town’s history, and this event will celebrate those men and women who were part of this historic legacy.
For the third year, former shipyard workers and community members will gather on the Museum grounds to celebrate Collingwood’s shipbuilding heritage. Last year’s event attracted more than 200 participants, with more than 65 former employees in attendance. The Shipyard Social has quickly gained popularity and has become the Museum’s signature, and most asked after event.
The afternoon will kick-off with a community barbeque between 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers will be available for a nominal fee. The Town of Collingwood’s Quench Buggy will be on-site, featuring eight water stations, two of which are designed to ensure barrier-free access. Complimentary coffee and cookies will also be available.
At 12:30 PM sharp, Dave West Photography will be on-site to take a group photograph of the former Collingwood Shipyards employees in attendance. Copies of last year’s group photograph will be available for purchase with proceeds going towards the replacement of a shipbuilding interpretive panel along Heritage Drive. Copies of the 2019 group photograph will be available following the event.
In preparation for a new exhibit, Collingwood Museum staff will be looking for assistance in identifying artifacts related to the iconic Collingwood sidelaunch. Staff will also be asking the community to assist in creating a “word wall” with one-word descriptors of the sidelaunch event.
Participants will enjoy 10% off in the Museum Gift Shop. Some exceptions will apply.
Parking will be available at the Museum, as well as the HarbourEdge Centre at 40 Huron Street. The Town of Collingwood’s courtesy cart will be available to assist with transportation to and from the site.
This year’s Shipyard Social event is sponsored by Living Water Resorts and Dunncap.
COLLINGWOOD MUSEUM FEATURES NEW FALL HOURS The Collingwood Museum will be changing to Fall, Winter, and Spring hours effective Tuesday, September 3 and running until Friday, May 15, 2020. The Museum will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Museum will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.
About the Museum
Step inside a modern take on Collingwood’s 1873 train station, but don’t let the exterior fool you! The Collingwood Museum’s collection stretches far beyond Collingwood’s transportation history.
Popular curiosities include a razor-sharp bill from a sawtooth shark and a twisted piece of metal recovered from the Halifax Explosion. You’ll also find paintings by local artists who trained under the Group of Seven, as well as a 140-year-old statue carved by Sir Sandford Fleming’s brother.
The sounds of Collingwood’s shipbuilding legacy ring through the gallery as a ship is side launched into the harbour on a loop of vintage film. Try your hand at turning a brass ship’s wheel, and get up close to models of Collingwood’s most famous ships, including the Chi-Cheemaun. Exhibits range from the evolution of local business and industry to the region’s First Nations people who inspired the establishment of the museum’s predecessor, the Huron Institute, in 1904.
The museum also houses an archival collection that is accessed by researchers from around the world. Photographs of Great Lakes vessels, Collingwood’s historic homes, downtown, and early industries are amongst the most popular items. Research may be conducted by appointment.
No visit is complete without browsing the museum’s quaint gift shop. It’s a popular stop for visitors and locals alike. You’re also just steps away from an extensive trail system that runs along the shores of Georgian Bay, so why not pack a picnic lunch and start your day at the museum! Bike parking and accessible washrooms are available.
NOTICE OF STUDY COMMENCEMENT CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT - RAYMOND A. BARKER WATER TREATMENT PLANT EXPANSION
The Town of Collingwood held a Public Information Centre (PIC) as part of the Master Servicing Plan (MSP) process in March 2019 which identified the need to expand the existing Raymond A. Barker Water Treatment Plant to accommodate future water demands for the Town of Collingwood and its contractual commitments to supply treated water to other municipalities. A Class Environmental Assessment (EA) previously filed in September 2004 for the plant expansion has now expired. The Town has determined the need to prepare an updated Class EA to confirm or amend the preferred solution(s) identified in the original EA by addressing changes to regulations and design standards, advances in technology and adjustments to phasing based on current water demand projections, and to convey this information to a list of stakeholders and interested parties that has expanded since 2004. Subsequent to the MSP PIC it was determined that it would be necessary to increase the ultimate plant capacity identified in the 2004 Class EA (74.6 MLD) to 101.1 MLD for current full build boundary projections and maximum future supply requests by other municipalities.
The Raymond A. Barker Water Treatment Plant is located on Raglan Street as illustrated on the accompanying map. The study area is defined as the municipal boundary of the Town (see map). The service area being considered under the Class EA includes Town of Collingwood, and supply requests from the Town of the Blue Mountains, Town of New Tecumseth and Township of Clearview.
The Town of Collingwood has retained Ainley Group (in partnership with AECOM) to complete and document a Class EA update in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Document, October 2000, as amended in 2015.
How to Get Involved
Public consultation is a key component of the Class EA process.Additional information will be made available once alternative solutions have been identified and evaluated. Advance notice will be provided to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment. For further information regarding the project, please contact either of the following members of the study team:
Ken Kaden, P. Eng., Project Engineer, Environmental Services, Town of Collingwood, Tel: 705-445-1581, firstname.lastname@example.org
Any input received during this process will be maintained on file for use during the project and may be included in project documentation. Information collected will be used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. This notice was issued on August 15, 2019.
EXPLORE THE INTERNATIONAL AWARD-WINNING TOWN OF COLLINGWOOD WEBSITE New Town Website a 2019 Gold Winner at the dotCOMM Awards
The new Town of Collingwood municipal website has been internationally recognized as a 2019 Gold Winner at the dotCOMM Awards.
The dotCOMM Awards is an international competition, based in the United States, honouring excellence in web creativity and digital communication.
The creation of the award-winning design, architecture, tools, and content of the Collingwood website project was a collaborative effort between contractor Upanup Studios (a Victoria, BC web builder) and the Town of Collingwood’s Staff Web Team.
The Town of Collingwood launched the new municipal website, www.collingwood.ca, in late April of 2019. Residents, Businesses, and Visitors are invited to explore the things that matter most to them, like Collingwood’s vibrant Arts & Culture community, recreation programming, Town services, Council decisions, and infrastructure and development updates.
Town CAO Fareed Amin adds, “Our new municipal website is one of the many great steps we are taking to enhance customer service and government transparency in Collingwood. Our Team is working hard to ensure this award-winning website continues to be a reliable resource for news, promotion, and information coming from the municipality.”
The dotCOMM Awards, based in Dallas, Texas, is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), one of the largest, oldest and most respected evaluators of creative work in the marketing and communication industry.
For 25 years, the AMCP has honoured the best in design in the communications and marketing industry, and has judged over 200,000 entries from throughout the world.
Explore the international award-winning Town of Collingwood municipal website on your computer, tablet, or smartphone at www.collingwood.ca.
COMMUNITY ART PROJECT EXPLORES THEMES OF WATER AND JOURNEY Frozen Voyage, by artist Akshata Naik, brings together people and stories in Collingwood
At the Niibi Gathering on Friday, August 9 and the Sidelaunch Days Harbour Festival on Saturday, August 10, the public was invited to take part in an experiential art project.
Participants of all ages were asked to take a few minutes to think about their personal history, where they come from, what they like about their community, and whom they love and feel most connected to. These thoughts were then marked onto paper that was folded into 350 paper boats and glued onto canvas. The paper boats both reveal and hide the thoughts within their folds.
The result is a 40 foot long community art piece, called Frozen Voyage, that recognizes and celebrates our diverse stories and identities. Frozen Voyage is conceptualized around the idea that we are all individual, with our own stories and journeys, but we are also part of the larger community that we live in.
The concept for the project was developed by Akshata Naik, a Toronto artist who has exhibited her work in Canada, Britain, and India. Akshata lives in Toronto where she is the Program and Gallery Manager at Arts Etobicoke. She also teaches at Art Ignite, Neilson Park Creative Centre, and Vibe Arts.
“After seeing Akshata’s work with the Toronto Arts Foundation last Fall, we were so impressed that we wanted to try something similar in Collingwood. Akshata's exploration around the theme of water and travel fit perfectly with our events at the Awen’ Gathering Place and the Sidelaunch Days Harbour Festival,” says Arts & Culture Coordinator Tanya Mazza.
"My art practice has grown dynamically over the last few years and community engaged art projects have added another dimension to my work. Being a newcomer to Canada, and a women and an artist of colour, the opportunity to interact with diverse communities through my art projects has allowed me to explore Canada’s rich cultural fabric and diversity. Having the audience interact and contribute to my artwork, weaves together a larger mosaic of individual stories that leaves a lasting impact on me and hopefully the communities I work with,” says artist Akshata Naik.
The public was invited to view Frozen Voyage during Open Houses held on Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28. At the Open House, participants joined the project by folding their own boat and adding it to the artwork. The public may see Frozen Voyage, along with the other artwork, in Council Chambers during Council Meetings.
REMINDER: SEASONAL TREE MANAGEMENT UNDERWAY Residents will see tree markings and removals of hazardous trees on public land this Summer & Fall.
The Town of Collingwood has been working on seasonal tree management on public lands, including boulevards, parks, and trails. Residents will notice tree markings and some tree removals throughout the Summer and Fall of 2019.
Tree removal will occur where damage by the Emerald Ash Borer has been identified and where trees that present a hazard to immediate surroundings have been identified. Removal of a hazardous tree that has the potential to fall on a busy street or sidewalk will take priority over a tree along the side of a trail.
Trees marked with a yellow ‘X’ are Ash trees that will inevitably be killed by the Emerald Ash Borer.
Trees marked with a red ‘R’ will be scheduled for removal as a priority, and in most cases, within a 90 day period.
Trees marked with a green dot are identified as an Ash tree that will be injected with TreeAzin (a method of protection against the Emerald Ash Borer).
Trees marked with a green dot and a blue dot have been injected with TreeAzin.
The Town of Collingwood is currently undertaking an Urban Forest Management Plan for all trees on public lands. The Management Plan requires an inventory of trees and a rating of their health. This evaluation will help identify Emerald Ash Borer damage, as well as hazardous trees, and will guide summer tree management efforts.
The Town does its best to provide advance notice to adjacent landowners that a tree on public land is being removed, however in some circumstances it is difficult to do so, as public safety is always considered paramount.
The Town of Collingwood is committed to replacing trees and currently plants approximately 125 trees throughout the community on an annual basis. Replacement trees will occur as budget allows and if site conditions are favourable for a tree.
Residents and Businesses are responsible for trees growing on their private lands, and are encouraged to call a local Certified Insured Arborist to assess and manage their private tree concerns.
Please visit the Town Website for more information about our Urban Forest.
The Town of Collingwood values the urban forest and is currently building an Urban Forest Management Plan. The Town devotes time and resources to proactively managing (Maintenance/Pruning) these assets to ensure proper and healthy growth of the urban forest within our community. Learn more about the proposed Urban Forest Management Plan project.
FISHER FIELD OPEN HOUSE - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 The Fisher Field Open House is set for Wednesday, October 3 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Collingwood Public Library in Community Rooms B & C on the third floor.
Come out for a discussion on the clubhouse concept, which will include changerooms, washrooms, and meeting space.
NOTICE: APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL TO EXPROPRIATE LAND In the matter of an application by the Corporation of the Town of Collingwood for approval to expropriate land in the Town of Collingwood, County of Simcoe for the purpose of installing an underground drainage pipe, notice is hereby given that application has been made for approval to expropriate the lands described as:
1. A block of land located directly to the rear of Lot H, W/S Niagara Street, Plan 95 AKA Plan 282, Collingwood that is approximately 15.74 metres wide and 23.53 metres deep, being Part of Lot 44, Concession 8, Nottawasaga, Town of Collingwood, County of Simcoe. Part of PIN 58292-0212
Any owner of lands in respect of which notice is given who desires an inquiry into whether the taking of such land is fair, sound and reasonably necessary in the achievement of the objective of the expropriating authority shall so notify the approving authority in writing,
a) In the case of a registered owner, served personally or by registered mail within thirty days after the registered owner is served with the notice, or, when the registered owner is served by publication, within thirty days after the first publication of the notice;
b) In the case of an owner who is not a registered owner, within thirty days after the first publication of the notice.
CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN ON NEW CROSSOVER AT HAMILTON DRAIN TRAIL CROSSING Please take notice that construction has begun on the installation of a pedestrian crossover on Hurontario Street at the Hamilton Drain Trail Crossing, which is south of Stanley Street.
Footings, supports, and electrical wiring have been installed in August. However, the timeline on this 2019 project has unfortunately been delayed due to a difficulty our contracted builder is experiencing with a back-order on some crucial crossover parts. This pedestrian crossover project will be completed early this Fall.
Pedestrians, Cyclists, and Commuters are encouraged to continue to use safe road-crossing behavior while crossing Town streets. Please obey signage during periods of construction this Summer and Fall. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Crossovers are a way for pedestrians to easily and safely cross the road. By law, drivers and cyclists must stop and yield to pedestrians intending to cross the road, and wait for them to completely reach the other side before driving. This new crossover will have a button pedestrians can push to activate flashing lights.
This new crossover will also tie the trail system together on the Hamilton Drain Trail.
Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians should pay extra attention while getting familiar with this new crossover.
Make sure drivers or cyclists have enough time to stop before you begin to cross.
Make it clear that you want to cross.
Press the push button to activate the flashing lights.
Make sure the driver or cyclist sees you before you begin to cross.
Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop and you feel it is safe.
Drivers and Cyclists
Watch for pedestrians who would like to cross the road.
Stop for pedestrians at the marked yield bar.
Allow the pedestrian to cross the entire width of the road before driving.
Do not pass any other vehicle within 30 metres before a pedestrian crossover.
Stay tuned to www.collingwood.ca, as well as Town of Collingwood social media channels, for construction updates and safety reminders about this new pedestrian crossover.
PLACE HOLDERS: COLLINGWOOD POEMS BY LOCAL POETS Parks and green spaces showcased with poetry videos and interactive maps
Local Poets, in collaboration with the Poet Laureate program, and the Parks, Recreation, & Culture and Information Technology departments, highlight places in and around Collingwood with the new Place Holders initiative.
Poets Susan Wismer, Jake McArthur, Brenda Miller, Gloria Kropf Nafziger, and Day Merrill, have kicked off the Place Holders initiative by focusing their creative energy on writing poems about their deep connection with five fantastic parks in Collingwood.
The public is invited to visit www.CollingWord.ca on the Town Website to view the interactive Place Holders Story Map to learn about our local poets and parks, and watch or listen as the poets share their poems. These poets showcase how parks and green spaces enhance our well-being by offering places to meet people, be active, and cultivate a human-nature connection.
Our local poets and writers have the ability to fire our imaginations and invoke the essence of a place, whether it is real or imagined. They are attuned to external stimuli – music, scent, character of place - and are able to capture it with words and language.
“We have named the project Place Holders, a name selected based on the origins of the word hold, which include keep, custody, guard, watch, protect, support, and place of refuge,” says Collingwood Poet Laureate, Day Merrill. “As poets, we have the privilege, as well as duty, to use the power of language to “hold” important concepts, themes, people, and places for others.”
“I chose to write a poem about J.J. Cooper Park because it has special meaning for me and my family; the land was once owned by my Uncle (J.J.) Jim Cooper,” says Brenda Miller. “We lived one block apart on Eighth Street and we visited with him often. I just wanted to share a bit about my family history as one of the first Negro families living in Collingwood.” Watch Brenda recite her poem!
The Place Holders initiative will expand over the next year to include an array of notable and unnoticed places in Collingwood.
Photo by Doug Burlock Photography
SOME COLLINGWOOD TRAILS IMPACTED BY HIGH WATER Please take notice that high water levels in Nottawasaga Bay are affecting the Town of Collingwood trail system.
The following Trails have been impacted:
West end of Sunset Point is continually closed while the high water remains.
Blue Shores has been affected by high water (the Town is monitoring this trail weekly).
Hen and Chickens closed until further notice due to high water that took out the bridge to the boardwalk.
Other trails will be periodically affected when the wind direction pushes water across the path, or when a heavy downpour occurs.
Please adhere to signage and barricades that get put in place during a trail closure. Please avoid trails that you notice are being impacted by high water.
COUNTY TAKES FURTHER STEPS TO HELP GET WASTE MATERIALS OFF THE STREETS The County continues to experience impacts to curbside waste collection services and is now taking further steps to get waste materials off the streets.
In addition to prioritizing garbage and organics to minimize collection misses of these materials, the County has brought in additional contractors to assist in the collection of recycling. Due to this shift in resources and the high priority placed on the collection of garbage, organics and recycling by our residents, County Council voted to cancel this year’s curbside collection of electronics, which had been scheduled to occur from September 16 through 27, to allow more resources to focus on the collection of garbage, organics and recycling materials through the end of September.
“This decision was not taken lightly by Council or staff,” said Warden George Cornell. “We pride ourselves in providing a high level of service and innovative and convenient waste collection programs to our residents. Hearing from our residents the importance of garbage, organics and recycling pick ups, we have taken the necessary action to prioritize these services. We apologize for the inconvenience and please know that staff and Council are working hard to ensure that our contractor meets our service expectations.”
Residents are reminded that electronics can be dropped off at a County waste management facility free of charge at any time throughout the year during regular operating hours.
These actions are being taken since the County’s contractor, Waste Connections, continues to experience challenges with staffing due to labour shortages, drivers reaching their maximum legally permitted hours to operate, and increased summer waste volumes. These issues are compounded by the heat and humidity, among other factors. The best way to receive information in real time is through the new Simcoe County Collects app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play free of charge.
What residents need to know for August and September:
Materials should be set out at your curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day and left until 8 p.m. as routes are being adjusted
We are prioritizing the collection of garbage and green bin organics in order to reduce odour and animal impacts. Crews may return the next day for collection of garbage and organics if missed on your regular day, so please place these items back at the curb by 7:00 AM the following day
We expect further recycling collection misses. If recycling is missed, please bring recycling materials in from the curb for double collection on your next regularly scheduled day unless otherwise directed (see point 4 below)
In some instances, recycling collection crews will be sent out to zones which have been missed on alternate service days including Saturdays as resources allow. Alerts to these alternate service days will be posted through the County’s channels:
- Simcoe County Collects app (available free of charge at Google Play or the Apple Store)
- Through Twitter (@simcoecountycs, @simcoecounty) Facebook (@CountyofSimcoe)
If missed, residents are encouraged to utilize cardboard boxes, plastic storage boxes, and blue or clear plastic bags for overflow recyclables. As always, to reduce issues with odours and contamination of recyclables, cans, bottles and cartons should be rinsed
Curbside electronics collection has been cancelled for 2019. As always, electronic materials can be dropped off free of charge at any County waste management facility during regular operating hours. Our new Simcoe County Collects app features information on all our waste management facilities, including their locations and operating hours
County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia.
SIDELAUNCH DAYS HARBOUR FESTIVAL On August 10 & 11, Collingwood hosted the fun-filled, family-friendly Sidelaunch Days Harbour Festival. Visitors tried out canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and stand up paddle-boarding for free!
The Ontario SUP Race Series featured demos and races in the Collingwood Harbour. The Battle in the Bay premier cable wakeboarding competition also ran during the weekend. The crowds were thrilled and astounded by sweet flips and crazy tricks.
Visitors enjoyed eats, treats, and art at the Market Promenade, beverages at the Dockside Bar, Kites over Collingwood at Millennium Park, the Kids Craft & Activity Centre, the Woofjock Dock Diving Dog Show, and the famous downtown Collingwood Farmers’ Market.
The fun continued on Sunday night with a great evening concert by Freedom Train at the Amphitheatre.
Join the fun in August 2020 for another exciting Sidelaunch Days Harbour Festival in Collingwood, Ontario. Learn more at www.sidelaunchdays.ca
The Town of Collingwood currently requires visitors, shoppers, merchants, and employees who live, work and play in beautiful downtown Collingwood to pay for parking. This system is in place to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy Collingwood’s downtown.
Parking on Hurontario Street is currently $1.00 per hour (maximum of 3 hours). Metered street and municipal lot parking is currently $0.75 per hour (no maximum). Monthly parking passes for the municipal parking lots may be purchased at the municipal office (97 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, ON) at a rate of $52.00 a month or a yearly pass for $520.00.
Anyone displaying a valid Accessible Parking Permit or having a valid Ontario Veteran Licence Plate is exempt from paying to park in any municipal parking area.
The Town of Collingwood offers FREE municipal parking on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, as well as after 6:00 PM during the week.
Parking Enforcement The goals of parking enforcement are to improve road safety, allow emergency vehicle access, ensure traffic flow and improve accessibility. Parking enforcement includes visibility of Parking Enforcement Officers who can be found out and about in the community, in the streets, and in your neighbourhood, providing education, conducting inspections and issuing tickets when necessary. Collingwood Parking Enforcement Officers and the Ontario Provincial Police perform enforcement related duties 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Parking Enforcement Department is responsible for the enforcement of the Town of Collingwood’s Parking, Fire Route and Idling by-laws.
The Parking Enforcement Department responds to parking concerns in residential areas, commercial plazas and schools. Some of the more common parking regulations that may result in a Parking Infraction Notice being issued include:
Vehicles parked on any street / municipal lot between the hours of 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. from December 1 to March 31;
Vehicles parked within 3 metres of a fire hydrant
Vehicles parked facing the wrong direction
Vehicles advertised for sale on public property (roadway, municipal lot);
Vehicles parked or stopped in a fire route;
Vehicles idling for more than three (3) minutes;
Vehicles parked in an accessible parking spaces without an Accessible Parking Permit;
Vehicles parked in a manner that obstructs traffic/snow clearing; and
Vehicles parked on or over any sidewalk.
Any vehicle found in contravention of the Parking, Fire Route and/or Idling by-laws may be issued a Parking Infraction Notice and/or towed away at the owner’s expense. In the event that a Parking Infraction Notice is not paid within the timeframe specified, a conviction may be registered and your Ontario licence plate sticker will not be renewed until the fine and all other costs have been paid.
Please respect no-parking zones & private property.
Camping is not permitted in Town parks & parking lots.
Questions or concerns:
Town of Collingwood - Parking Enforcement Department
705-445-1030 Ext. 3255 email@example.com (Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM)
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS RECEIVED Pursuant to Section 295.1 of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001 c.25, please be advised that the audited 2018 Consolidated Financial Statements for the Corporation of The Town of Collingwood have been received.
Both the Financial Statements and the Financial Information Return can be accessed on our Town website at www.collingwood.ca under Budget & Taxes - Financial Report or, upon request, from the Treasurer’s Office at 97 Hurontario Street, P. O. Box 157, Collingwood.
Marjory Leonard, Treasurer
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING: PROPOSED OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Collingwood will hold a public meeting on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM in the Council Chambers, 97 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, to consider a proposed Official Plan Amendment under Sections 17 and 22 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P. 13, as amended. The Notice of Complete Application was previously published and circulated on July 4, 2019.
The proposed Official Plan Amendment pertains to approximately 7.4 ha (18.3 ac) of lands legally described as Blocks 1, 2, 3 & 4, Plan 51M-1049, Town of Collingwood, all being located within the Balmoral Village Plan of Subdivision.
THE PURPOSE of the proposed Official Plan Amendment is to revise Official Plan policies that are specific to the Balmoral Village Plan of Subdivision.
THE EFFECT of the proposed Official Plan Amendment is to increase the maximum number of residential dwelling units permitted in Balmoral Village. The proposed Official Plan Amendment would; 1. Increase the maximum number of residential dwelling units for the whole of Balmoral Village from 300 units to 313 units, and 2. Increase the maximum number of residential dwelling units for the Balmoral Village Medium Density Residential - Mixed Use blocks (being Blocks 2, 3 & 4) from 210 units to 217 units.
ANY PERSON may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Official Plan Amendment.
If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the Town of Collingwood to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Town of Collingwood before the proposed official plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.
If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Town of Collingwood before the proposed official plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.
If you wish to be notified of the decision of the County of Simcoe on the proposed Official Plan Amendment you must make a written request to Mr. John Daly, Clerk, County of Simcoe, 1110 Highway 26, Administration Centre, Midhurst, Ontario L9X 1N6.
For more information about this matter including information about appeal rights, or a copy of the proposed Official Plan Amendment and materials available to the public for inspection, please contact the Town’s Planning Services, 55 Ste. Marie Street, Collingwood, Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.
COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS - AUGUST 26, 2019 The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at rogerstv.com.
Members of Council thanked Phragmites removal volunteers, congratulated the BIA on great events, commented on the fun of Sidelaunch Days and Elvis Festival, asked for the announcement of the Sunset Point Park Playground Family Engagement Workshop and Fisher Field Open House, shared memories of a former Collingwood High School teacher, promoted Collingwood Colts games, Library programs, My Friend's House Women's Wellness event, Youth Centre documentaries, Frozen Voyage community art, shared that the Mayor's Golf Tournament raised $46,000 for charity and programming, and welcomed new staff members.
The public had an opportunity to review and provide comments on the proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment for 360 Raglan Street, which would include an addition to the existing building with an 18 metre setback and a rezoning of the lands to an Industrial exception category.
Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee:
Council enacted and passed the Development Charge By-Law, which includes a phasing in of the non-residential development charges beginning January 1, 2020.
Development & Operations Services Standing Committee:
Council approved a Part Lot Control Exemption for 3 lots within the Riverside Subdivision.
Council received the Staff Report on the Analysis of the Demolition of Heritage Designated Buildings & Structures.
Council approved the Part Lot Control Exemption to allow for the creation of 11 freehold lots for townhouses, one block for 72 apartments in 2 buildings, and an associated common element condominium at the Blue Fairway - Phase 3 development.
Council approved a Site Plan Control Agreement and a Zoning By-law Amendment at the North Pine Street Shipyards Harbourfront Collection Townhouses.
Council approved an Application for Permit to Destroy Trees at 70 Huron Street, with conditions.
Council approved the Application for Approval to Expropriate Land for the purpose of Storm Drainage Work at 70 Huron Street.
Council received the Staff Report on the Environmental Services: 2019 Midyear Operations. A date will be set for public consultation.
Council instructed staff to prepare a report to establish a policy for the installation of public benches on municipal property including but not limited to locations, quantity, and future donor rights or obligations; and that a moratorium on the installation of additional benches outside of the projects already approved for 2019 be established until a policy is reviewed and approved by Council.
Council authorized the execution of an Ontario Transfer Payment Agreement for the SBEC Program.
Deputy Mayor Hull reported on waste pickup delays, LINX ridership successes, the Collingwood to Barrie Rail Trail, and the Simcoe Airport purchase for future expansion.
Councillor Comi provided an update on Ontario Active School Travel, the Hamilton Drain Trail Crossover project, and Crossing Guard recruitment.
Deputy Mayor Hull requested a School Board report to Council.
Councillor Jeffrey encouraged all to contact the police if unsafe driving behaviours are observed.
Councillor Hamlin suggested a street-play initiative.
Council went in-camera to discuss a) Pretty River Estates LPAT, b) Collingwood Heritage Committee Appointments , and c) Potential Property Acquisition.