City Council Highlights - February 21, 2017

City Council Highlights provides a brief overview of newsworthy items from the February 21, 2017 City of North Bay Council meeting.  The full agenda can be found on the City’s website.

Dionne home and artefacts
Council struck a special review committee, led by Councillor Chris Mayne and including councillors George Maroosis and Derek Shogren, to make recommendations with respect to the future of the Dionne home and artefacts to the Community Services Committee on or before April 4, 2017. 

New planning process adopted
Council adopted a new planning process in an effort to improve delivery of services to the community in an efficient and effective manner.  The new process includes the removal of the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) thus accelerating, depending on complexity of application, the development approvals process. In lieu of the PAC, a 30 day consultation period will be implemented that will allow the public and stakeholders the opportunity to speak directly to the Planning Department about their concerns or for clarification regarding the development proposal.  This new approach ensures that the City is meeting legislative requirements and providing an opportunity for input from the public, agencies and stakeholders, while reducing development application approval time.

DIA budget approved
Council approved the 2017 budget for the Board of Management for the Downtown Improvement Association (DIA) in the amount of $167,822 with a resultant DIA tax levy of $128,325 to be approved by City Council.

Canoe Club lease
Council voted to renew the current lease agreement with the North Bay Canoe Club for a further term of 10 years.

Sale of Seymour St. property
Council approved the conditional agreement of purchase and sale in the amount of $1,680,787.50 to Grant Castle Corp. for the lands formerly containing the regional tourist information centre at Seymour St. and the Highway 11/17 Bypass.  The net proceeds received from the sale of the property will be transferred to the Property Development Reserve Fund.  The sale of the property will not affect the work of the special review committee struck to make recommendations on the future of the Dionne home.  The City will have until June 1, 2017 to relocate the Dionne home and artefacts.

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