Another Request for Expedited Zoning Approval Gets a Green Light

John Mutton, of development consulting firm Municipal Solutions, made a pitch to Council on March 7th for support of another Municipal Zoning Order to expedite the development of a property located at 1840 Brown Line in Cavan-Monaghan.  His other local project is the Kawartha Downs development.  The property in the… Continue reading

Municipal Tax Rate to Rise by 2.85%

Many external pressures made this year’s budget formulation particularly challenging.  Inflation pushed many expenses skyward, increasing corporate insurance expenses, utilities, supplies contracted services (Police) and wages.  AS a result, the Consolidated Department Operating budget rose by 6.8%, or $406,641. Rental revenue losses and additional operating expenses attributed to Covid totaling… Continue reading

A New MZO Application for Two Existing Development Applications

There has been a bit of a scramble with this last Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) request.  Two Plan of Subdivision applications were well on their way in the planning process, one since July and the second since September. This January, a revised submission for one of the projects was received… Continue reading

Frustration Over Library Budget Mounts

Challenges between the Library Board and Council over Library Budget requests have been building for several years. It’s like they don’t speak the same language.  Exasperation led to a unanimous decision to freeze payment of the final 2022 library operating installment and the capital budget funding at the budget approval… Continue reading

Bill Shaw Assumes Cavan Councillor Role

Bill Shaw was as surprised as anyone at the speed with which he assumed the Cavan Councillor position that suddenly became vacant upon the passing of incumbent Cathy Moore, his late wife. Shaw had never been particularly interested in politics, but he understood there was work his late wife would… Continue reading

Developer Builds Bridges with Local Businesses

Last month Millbrook BIA President Christine McCulloch accepted a donation of $25,000 for the organization from Romspen Investment Corporation. This is the firm behind the ambitious redevelopment project proposed for Kawartha Downs in Fraserville which includes an indoor entertainment venue, a fairground, a hotel and a residential development of 588… Continue reading

Proposed Levy Increase Drops in Round 2 of Budget Discussions

In the second round of budget discussions last month, some good and bad news regarding one of the significant capital expenditures came to light. A bid for the Millbrook Yard project generated a bid of $787,103.42, which was below the $800,000 maximum established by Council, and was approved at last… Continue reading

Council Opts to Go It Alone in Official Plan Development

In October 2017, Council passed a motion to join Peterborough County in the development of our Official Plan (OP). Since then, township staff have been participating in the process of creating a new OP that conforms to new provincial planning guidelines to meet the July 1st, 2022 deadline. Council was… Continue reading