Community groups making funding requests to Midland council

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A physician recruiter and local doctor hope to make their case at Midland councillors Wednesday.

The Southern Georgian Bay Family Physician Recruitment group wants monetary help for council to keep going with its efforts to bring more family physicians to the area.

David Gravelle, physician recruitment officer, and Dr. Jeff Golisky, a local family physician, are schedule to make a presentation at this Wednesday's meeting. The presentation included in the agenda gives details of the strategy adopted by the group and the incentives it provides for physicians coming to the area, however, it does not list the amount the group will be requesting from council.

Similarly, the Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS) will also be making a funding request of council at this week's meeting, but the non-profit has not disclosed the amount it will be asking for. In an email to MidlandToday, Randy Fee, communications and marketing officer for Midland, wrote that the EDCNS has received $168,814 in 2020 and $150,266 last year.

The meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. going from its regular meeting into a closed session, from which it will arise around 7 p.m. to launch the committee of the whole meeting, which includes two public meetings.

The first public consultation session is around a zoning bylaw amendment related to the recently inaugurated Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North on 808 Birchwood Dr.

The purpose of the application is to re-zone the subject lands, from the current Residential – R2 Zone to Residential Exception – R3-XX, to facilitate the development of a semi-detached dwelling. The dwelling is proposed to be separated into two lots through part lot control provisions.

The second public meeting will be around changes to development charges.

The draft development charges bylaw is available online for viewing.

According to the draft, new residential development charges per unit for low, medium, and high density areas will be $16,751 $15,627, and $11,073, respectively. Further, the draft says that the new charges per square metre for non-residential development will be $40.96.

The meeting can be watched on cable TV or via Rogers TV online.

Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,