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VPNA Meeting Minutes – May 2, 2017

2017 May 3
by Melissa

In attendance:

Melissa Bowman, Chair | Anka Brozic, Secretary |  Patrick Gilbride, DNA Liaison |  Rebekah Haynes, Member-at-large| Agnes Das, City | Frank Etherington, Councillor




7:00 Welcome Melissa
7:10 City updates:

City registration is changing to Active net for programs or facility bookings. Blackout period May 24th to June 5th when it goes live. In person cash/cheques only during that time. No longer 20% admin fee. New refund policy 100% refund if withdrawal >7 days before starting. No refund if request is made after the program starts.

Agnes provided lovely treats for all recognizing volunteer appreciation.

7:25 Councilor updates: Boundary changes; zoning; intensification

Affordable housing – unanimous vote in committee to improve Kitchener incentive program. Still needs to be approved by council in 2 weeks. The city will have an incentive program that will have an impact on development fees. Building applications will have a lower fee. Aimed at partnerships of profit and non-profit groups. Houses have to be within 450m of public transit. Arguments against – did not want to see Kitchener do more than Cambridge and Waterloo in this area. Cambridge is leading the charge. Waterloo is just starting with some supportive housing programs.

Reins –  intensification program continues with consultation

Crosby – zoning all neighborhoods and reworking some of them to work with the reins program. Site specific zoning is some of the language that is being used.

Placemaking Plan: Duke to Charles on Queen; Goudie’s Lane will be turned into a well lit walkable area. It will be pedestrianized for parts of this summer.

Shape DTK 2020 – booklet is out and available.

7:40 Finance: no update Melissa
Newsletters: no summer newsletter All
Programming: no update All
7:50 NAP: First meeting will be Wed May 17, at DCC, 5:15-6:15 Melissa
8:00 VPWG: Next meeting is May 11th – Park walkabout. Any concerns we should address with that group? Bridges need a paint job and one is “bouncy”. Not sure when the water will be put in the fountain area. Wondering when sand play area will be added to playground. Drummer in the park is back. Melissa
Partners: Victoria Place; Reception House (May 26th – Open House; donations); Deferred to next month Pre-teen autism group _ Deferred to next month Melissa
8:05 Events: Summary of Earth Day event (approximately 30 attended; made it on CTV news about community clean-ups; lovely weather for it); little library update (need to stain and shingle – or follow up with local artists; will be placed in ground soon hopefully). Hope to add the library near the food forest near the sidewalk and close to Jubilee; local artists can be asked to decorate the library or we may just stain and shingle. Plant swap Sunday May 28th (any tasks needing to be assigned?); Summer lights movies in the park June 4th , June 18 Summer Nights Festival; Neighbours Day Melissa
Miscellaneous: no update All
8:10 Information for future meetings: mailchimp (new subscribers) Melissa
8:15 Adjournment (next meeting: June 6/17) Melissa


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