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Council Meeting Highlights - December 7, 2021

This evening started at 7:00 p.m. with the regular Council meeting which was recessed shortly after it began so that Council could move into Committee of the Whole. This was done so that business discussed during this evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting could be approved at the Council level during the same evening to wrap up 2021 business before moving into the holiday break period.


2022 Draft Budget – Public Presentation – Treasurer Trisa McConkey presented the draft 2022 budget to the public for consideration. Council is proposing a 1.97% levy increase which represents an increase of $38.96 based on a home assessed at $284,500 which is the median home value in Carleton Place for 2021.

The public will have the opportunity to provide input on the proposed levy increase until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021.

The Treasurer’s budget presentation will be posted on the Town’s website on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021  Please email tmcconkey@carletonplace.ca with any comments before the December 14th deadline.

A Special Meeting of Council will be held on Thursday, December 16th, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of approving the Town’s 2022 budget.


The following consent items of note were approved from the November 19th Special Committee of the Whole meeting, the November 23rd Committee of the Whole meeting, and this evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting:

  • 2022 Part-time Pay Grids - Council authorized the revised part-time pay Grids 1 and 2 resulting from the increase in the provincial minimum wage rates as presented in the Treasurer’s report dated November 19th, 2021.
  • Community Enrichment Grants – Council approved the final allocation of 2021 Community Enrichment Grants in the amount of $1067 to various community organizations. Unused Community Enrichment funds remaining at year-end will be set aside in a reserve and will be used to fund the 2022 Community Enrichment Program.
  • Food Cycler Pilot Project - A pilot project for FoodCycler countertop compost units is proposed in the 2022 budget. In order to take advantage of available Federal funding towards a pilot project ($5000), a commitment would need to be made by the Town to proceed with a project by December 31st, 2021.The FoodCycler is a countertop food waste recycling unit that converts food waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment in as little as 3 hours while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 95% compared to sending food waste to landfill. Council authorized proceeding with a Municipal subsidized purchase of 100 Food Cycler composter units and the implementation of a FoodCycler Pilot Program in partnership with Food Cycle Science.  The project will remain unfunded at December 31st, 2021 and funded from budgetary funds allocated for the project in 2022.

DP3-04-2021 – 124 Moore Street – An application was submitted by the property owner of 124 Moore Street for a Class 3 Development Permit. The application was seeking to permit the use of a used car sales and Car Star Appraisal Centre on the site. The existing building would be repurposed for the proposed use.

Staff reviewed and assessed the proposed application and were satisfied that the proposal complies with the provisions of the Provincial Policy Statement 2020, conforms to the policies of the Official Plan and satisfies the applicable sections of Development Permit By-law 15-2015.

However, after a lengthy discussion, the Committee of the Whole denied the application.


The following By-laws of note were read and passed:

By-law No. 136-2021 - Repeals Heritage Designation By-law 37-84 for 274 Bridge Street (“The Abner Nichols’ House”).


By-law No. 137-2021 - Amends Development Permit By-law 15-2015 - 347 Franktown Road – Amending Section 9 (Institutional Lands) of Development Permit By-law 15-2015 by adding Section 9.4 Special Exceptions for the lands known as 374 Franktown Road and amending Schedule A of the Development Permit By-law to reflect the change of designation from Residential to “Institutional-Special Exception (Holding)”. The subject lands are proposed to be developed into a multi-phased retirement community. The proposal will consist of four (4) phases:

  • One 4-storey retirement home building (152 beds)
  • One 4-storey seniors’ apartment building (60 units)
  • Three blocks of 6-unit street fronting townhomes (18 units)
  • One 2-storey commercial medical complex (12,174 m² GFA)

By-law No. 138-2021 (Amends Noise By-law 29-2017) - The Town’s current Noise By-law permits heavy construction from Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays from 8:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. These provisions mean that the Town’s residents who live near a new subdivision have no days of relief from the construction noise. Council approved an amendment to the Noise By-law which includes:

  • A definition of Site Alternation to be included in alphabetical order under Section 1 Definitions and renumbering remaining definition(s); and
  • NEW Sections 2.4.3 and 2.4.4 to the existing By-law to separate and reduce the time for site service alterations from construction as follows:
    • Site Alteration means any alteration to the grade (topography) of land through the movement, removal or placement of bedrock, substrate, topsoil or fill.
      • 2.4.3   No person shall cause or permit noise arising from site service alterations except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Site alteration activities shall include noise emitted from the operation of heavy machinery such as excavators, cranes, loaders, backhoes, dump trucks and bulldozers that are more than 5 tons, mast drill rigs, breaking hammers over 20 kilograms and explosive products such as dynamite except in the event of emergency.
      • 2.4.4   Notwithstanding Section 2.4.3, no person shall cause or permit noise arising from construction for the purpose of site alteration at any time on Sundays or statutory holidays as defined by the Employment Standards Act. Site alteration activities shall include noise emitted from the operation of heavy machinery such as excavators, cranes, loaders, backhoes, dump trucks and bulldozers that are more than 5 tons, mast drill rigs, breaking hammers over 20 kilograms and explosive products such as dynamite, except in the event of emergency.

By-law No. 139-2021 - Agreement with Intact Public Entities for Insurance and Risk Management – To authorize the Treasurer to enter into agreements as required with Intact Public Entities for the placement of insurance services for the period January 1st, 2022 to January 1st, 2023 in the amount of $428,165 including non-refundable PST.


The next regularly scheduled meetings of Council and Committee of the Whole will take place on Tuesday, December 21st, 2021. Please note, there is a possibility that these meetings may be cancelled. Please check the Town’s website for further updates as the date approaches. Agendas for this meeting would need to be posted to the Town’s website no later than Thursday, December 16th by 4:00 p.m.

A Special Meeting of Council will be held on Thursday, December 16th, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., via Zoom, for the purpose of approving the Town’s 2022 budget.