Town Council Summary, Dec. 11, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 12, 2013

At the regular Stratford Town Council Meeting on December 11, 2013, the following matters were discussed:

Rhonda MacDonald Rear Yard Variance

Council passed a resolution to grant a four foot variance to the minimum rear yard setback (from 15 feet to 11 feet or 26.7 percent) to allow for the construction of a deck located on the back of the dwelling on her property located at 6 Cove Road located within the Single Family Residential (R1) Zone.

Forest Trail Sustainable Subdivision

The Town of Stratford adopted a new sustainable subdivision policy in 2012 to encourage the development of more sustainable subdivisions. The aim of a sustainable subdivision is to preserve the natural environment and ecology; improve social amenities and cultural inclusion; increase energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel energy consumption; improve the Town’s active transportation network and reduce the cost of building and maintaining the Town’s infrastructure.

The first sustainable subdivision was approved in January of 2013 for a 40 acre parcel of land owned by Roger Balderston on a parcel of land located on the Trans-Canada Highway adjacent to the Stratford Business Park. The approval was granted for 113 residential units including, 42 Semi-detached and 71 Townhouses. This property has since been sold to Nevin Jay. Mr. Jay is committed to the sustainable subdivision concept and has submitted a revised concept plan for approval based on a change in the proposed housing types and a change in the road configuration to meet Transportation design criteria.

Council approved the revised sustainable subdivision concept at the meeting last evening which will see the creation of 11 Single Family, 24 Semi-detached and 77 Townhouse units in the subject property. The sustainable subdivision concept incorporates rain gardens, cluster housing and the preservation of almost half of the land as forest and wetland habitat with a walking trail winding through the preserved land. Encouraging the development of more sustainable subdivision design where social interaction is increased and the environmental impact is reduced is an important part of Stratford’s plan to build the best community possible – Imagine That!

Brendon McKenna Subdivision

Council approved an application from Brendon McKenna to subdivide parcel number 736611 (approx. 70,131 sq. ft. in total area) located on Dorothy Avenue into 3 single family dwelling lots.

Stratford installing new street signs

On December 5th the Town of Stratford put up the first of its newly designed street signs. The first sign was installed on the corner of Sheppard Drive and Michael Thomas Way.

In the coming days 185 new street signs will be installed on the main streets throughout the Town of Stratford.

The new signs incorporate the colours and graphics of the Town’s logo and have large 5” white letters as opposed to the more common 4” letters. The larger lettering is designed to ensure that the signs are more visible to our growing seniors population and those that have less than perfect vision.

The signs were purchased by the Town of Stratford and will be installed by the Province. The remainder of the approximately 500 signs within the Town of Stratford will be updated over the next several years.

Grand Opening of new Stratford Library

On December 5th the new larger Stratford Library had a grand opening. Before the ribbon cutting ceremony speeches were given by Hon. Robert Henderson, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Stratford Mayor, David Dunphy, Don Scott from the Friends of Stratford Library and Pam Borden, President of the Stratford Rotary.

In the past ten years the Town of Stratford’s library has seen the circulation grow from 18,453 items to 43,453 items per year and the number of library card holders has increased from 440 to 1,557. During that same time period, the number of programs has also grown, from 58 with 560 people attending to 560 programs with 4,733 people attending.

The new space includes a new circulation desk and shelving which were provided by the Town of Stratford; computer work stations provided by the Friends of the Stratford Public Library; and a children’s space that includes a new computer work station, activity table, reading mat and chairs which were all donated by the Rotary Club of Stratford. There is also a new programming room.

Christmas Signage

Town staff have been adding to the Town’s inventory of signs for the Christmas holiday season and residents will notice some beautiful new signs throughout the Town. The new signs include a “Merry Christmas” sign at Cotton Park, a “Peace on Earth” sign at the Town Centre and a ‘Season’s Greeting’ sign at the bridge. We are proud of our Christian heritage and plan to continue to celebrate Christmas. We also recognize that Christmas is a joyous holiday for our increasingly diverse population and we have a mix of signage to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season.

For more information, please contact Robert Hughes, Chief Administrative Officer, at 569-6251.

Town Council Summary, Dec. 11, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 12, 2013

At the regular Stratford Town Council Meeting on December 11, 2013, the following matters were discussed:

Rhonda MacDonald Rear Yard Variance

Council passed a resolution to grant a four foot variance to the minimum rear yard setback (from 15 feet to 11 feet or 26.7 percent) to allow for the construction of a deck located on the back of the dwelling on her property located at 6 Cove Road located within the Single Family Residential (R1) Zone.

Forest Trail Sustainable Subdivision

The Town of Stratford adopted a new sustainable subdivision policy in 2012 to encourage the development of more sustainable subdivisions. The aim of a sustainable subdivision is to preserve the natural environment and ecology; improve social amenities and cultural inclusion; increase energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel energy consumption; improve the Town’s active transportation network and reduce the cost of building and maintaining the Town’s infrastructure.

The first sustainable subdivision was approved in January of 2013 for a 40 acre parcel of land owned by Roger Balderston on a parcel of land located on the Trans-Canada Highway adjacent to the Stratford Business Park. The approval was granted for 113 residential units including, 42 Semi-detached and 71 Townhouses. This property has since been sold to Nevin Jay. Mr. Jay is committed to the sustainable subdivision concept and has submitted a revised concept plan for approval based on a change in the proposed housing types and a change in the road configuration to meet Transportation design criteria.

Council approved the revised sustainable subdivision concept at the meeting last evening which will see the creation of 11 Single Family, 24 Semi-detached and 77 Townhouse units in the subject property. The sustainable subdivision concept incorporates rain gardens, cluster housing and the preservation of almost half of the land as forest and wetland habitat with a walking trail winding through the preserved land. Encouraging the development of more sustainable subdivision design where social interaction is increased and the environmental impact is reduced is an important part of Stratford’s plan to build the best community possible – Imagine That!

Brendon McKenna Subdivision

Council approved an application from Brendon McKenna to subdivide parcel number 736611 (approx. 70,131 sq. ft. in total area) located on Dorothy Avenue into 3 single family dwelling lots.

Stratford installing new street signs

On December 5th the Town of Stratford put up the first of its newly designed street signs. The first sign was installed on the corner of Sheppard Drive and Michael Thomas Way.

In the coming days 185 new street signs will be installed on the main streets throughout the Town of Stratford.

The new signs incorporate the colours and graphics of the Town’s logo and have large 5” white letters as opposed to the more common 4” letters. The larger lettering is designed to ensure that the signs are more visible to our growing seniors population and those that have less than perfect vision.

The signs were purchased by the Town of Stratford and will be installed by the Province. The remainder of the approximately 500 signs within the Town of Stratford will be updated over the next several years.

Grand Opening of new Stratford Library

On December 5th the new larger Stratford Library had a grand opening. Before the ribbon cutting ceremony speeches were given by Hon. Robert Henderson, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Stratford Mayor, David Dunphy, Don Scott from the Friends of Stratford Library and Pam Borden, President of the Stratford Rotary.

In the past ten years the Town of Stratford’s library has seen the circulation grow from 18,453 items to 43,453 items per year and the number of library card holders has increased from 440 to 1,557. During that same time period, the number of programs has also grown, from 58 with 560 people attending to 560 programs with 4,733 people attending.

The new space includes a new circulation desk and shelving which were provided by the Town of Stratford; computer work stations provided by the Friends of the Stratford Public Library; and a children’s space that includes a new computer work station, activity table, reading mat and chairs which were all donated by the Rotary Club of Stratford. There is also a new programming room.

Christmas Signage

Town staff have been adding to the Town’s inventory of signs for the Christmas holiday season and residents will notice some beautiful new signs throughout the Town. The new signs include a “Merry Christmas” sign at Cotton Park, a “Peace on Earth” sign at the Town Centre and a ‘Season’s Greeting’ sign at the bridge. We are proud of our Christian heritage and plan to continue to celebrate Christmas. We also recognize that Christmas is a joyous holiday for our increasingly diverse population and we have a mix of signage to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season.

For more information, please contact Robert Hughes, Chief Administrative Officer, at 569-6251.

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