Important Dates to Get Involved, Speak Up

One of the purposes of this blog is to make it easier for Innisfil residents to keep track of events, so that they can participate in community decisions and activities. It looks like things are really starting to gear up, so I’m posting this summary of scheduled meetings concerning 3 parks plans, town-wide zoning review, and a food and agriculture charter.

Parks Improvements

This is an opportunity to see draft plans affecting three parks: Cookstown Community Park, Huron Court Park, Leonard’s Beach Park

Tues. January 31 at Cookstown Public Library, 20 Church St.

  • Cookstown Community Park

proposed splash pad, playground and possible multi-use play surface

Wed. February 1 at Town Hall, Community Room, 5-8 p.m.

  • Huron Court Park

proposed multi-use play surface and soccer field

  • Leonard’s Beach Park

proposed larger beach area, boardwalk, new washroom/change room

Innisfil Zoning By-law Review

Review and update of the Town’s zoning is critical to reflect the policies and goals contained in the Inspiring Innisfil strategic plan, the Places to Grow provincial policy and the Lake Simcoe Protection Act. Three separate Open Houses and Workshops are being held dealing with different zoning aspects.

The meetings consist of a 30 minute ‘Open House’ to review displays, a presentation of about 30 minutes, followed by a 1 hour workshop including small group discussions.

Mon. February 13 at Cookstown Library, 6:30 p.m.

Settlement & Employment Areas

Where and how will Innisfil grow within its existing settlement areas? How will they expand? How will employment areas be developed, and where?

Tues. February 14 at Cookstown Library, 6:30 p.m.:

Agricultural Areas & Natural Heritage Features

What constitutes an agricultural area? How can zoning accommodate urban farming? What are natural heritage features? How does the Lake Simcoe Protection Act affect agricultural zoning? (Maybe your spouse is another ‘policy wonk’ and will want to come with you to this Valentine’s Day workshop)

Thurs. February 16 at Cookstown Library, 7:00 p.m.:

Waterfront Areas

How should waterfront areas be zoned? How does it fit with the tourism objectives of Inspiring Innisfil? How is zoning affected by the Lake Simcoe Protection Act?

Two Volunteers Sought for Heritage Committee

The deadline is Friday, February 17 to apply as a volunteer member of Innisfil Heritage Committee. Heritage preservation has been a hot topic over the last couple of years. Anyone passionate about the preservation of buildings that are “historically, culturally or architecturally significant” should consider applying a volunteer Committee Member. Check the Town website for more information.

Food and Agriculture Charter, Simcoe County

The County is in the midst of developing a Food and Agriculture Charter. A one-day public workshop is planned for Tuesday, February 21. There is a fee of $25 per registrant. It takes place at the Orillia Campus of Lakehead University, 500 University Ave, Orillia. The session is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes a lunch. Eight focus groups will be examining:

Healthy Eating; Food & Economic Development; Farming, Resilience & the Environment; Food Access & Hunger; Education & Employment; Food & Culture; Farmland Protection; Food & Skills Development

To participate, download information from the County website and register by February 10.