City Council meeting - Oct. 19
Happy to report some positive developments at today's Council meeting that just concluded. They are as follows:
1) Council directed administration to draft a licensing bylaw for short term rentals (i.e. Air B&Bs, etc.) in our City. The licensing bylaw will effectively prohibit investors from purchasing properties and renting them out as short-term rentals. Only properties that are the principal residence of the homeowner could be rented out. This will help mitigate issues such as noise, parking concerns, safety and general nuisance, and further free up much needed housing for permanent tenants and homeowners.
2) Council extended the food hub at Adie Knox until the end of the year. The Unemployed Help Centre is currently running a food hub for those in need at the ice pad at Adie Knox and requested to continue the service until at least the end of the year. This service was put in place as a result of COVID related measures and for community safety and support.
3) I am happy that Council supported opposing the Ambassador Bridge's application to transport hazardous materials onto their bridge. Considering the vicinity of the Bridge to residential neighbourhoods, it would be too big of a risk to allow this. The Gordie Howe Bridge, once built, will be better suited for this type of transport. I would like to thank Councillor Raquel Castanada-Lopez in Detroit for leading this initiative across the border and I join her in solidarity to oppose such application by the Ambassador Bridge Co.
4) Council approved another application to complete another stretch of Huron Church road reconstruction, from Tecumseh Rd. W to Girardot Ave. If you recall, there has been road reconstruction on two stretches of Huron Church Rd. over the last two years. This third stretch would be a welcome addition and much needed to alleviate as much truck noise and road safety from the poor condition of the road, along with beautifying the median.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to get in touch!