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Council Highlights – August 2018

Council Highlights – August 2018

Council Highlights – August 2018

Council Highlights – August 2018

Aug. 15, 2018

City Council had a productive meeting this week. Here are some of the highlights of the discussion and decisions:

  • Council approved a new development for Woodburn and Herrick Ave. neighbourhood for new housing – including apartments and townhouses.
  • Council received information about more upcoming developments: 201 St. Paul Street (downtown), 405 Merritt St. (Merritton) and a commercial condo conversion for 43 Church St. (for local businesses downtown).
  • A presentation on the annual Economic Development Strategy highlighted the new jobs, new construction and more good news stories about business and tourism including:
    • St. Catharines ranked among the top 10 Ontario cities for real estate investment
    • The National Bank of Canada has ranked Niagara’s economy as the second strongest in the country
    • The new Smart Kiosks in downtown, through partnership with Bell Canada, offering free wifi
    • And the fun “Anything Together” short film promoting downtown and St. Catharines quality of life.
  • An update on repair plans for Rex Stimers Arena – read more details here.
  • Council also passed an Interim Control by-law to regulate the sale of cannabis within the City (once legalization comes in the fall.)  This is a proactive step that will allow the City to have some control over the sale of cannabis while we wait for more clear direction from the province.

Housing

Council also discussed rental housing licensing. There was some confusion about this, so I want to be very clear that there is no by-law coming forward at this time. Since the spring, staff and Council have heard the public feedback about a proposed rental housing licensing by-law. We have hit pause and are looking at other solutions. A Mayor’s Working group of landlords, tenants, real estate industry, property managers, Brock University and neighbours have been working together to look for alternative solutions to rental housing issues. I understand there may be some confusion out there created by a motion on the agenda on Monday – but there is no by-law coming forward at this time.

To stay up to date on rental housing issues and what is happening at City Council, subscribe to the City’s e-newsletter here. You can also find out more about the other ways Council is supporting the creation of more affordable housing in this update: St. Catharines Housing Update.

Council will continue meeting into September. For the full schedule of meetings and agendas, visit the City of St. Catharines website: www.stcatharines.ca. You can also sign up for the Garden City Current – the City’s e-newsletter to receive regular updates in your email inbox.