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Message from Village Community Association Executive

ChristmasWith the winter snowfall settling onto the Village, on behalf of the VCA Executive I’d like to wish everyone in the Village a joyous and happy holiday.  
The Village is decorated to celebrate this wonderful time of the year, and we all hope that your memories with your families will be heartwarming.  
Merry Christmas.  
Mark Brown |  President
Village Community Association

In this edition:

The VCA Christmas Party – you shoulda been there!

partyThank you to the Social Committee who did a marvelous job organizing the Christmas party last week.  The Courthouse was the perfect location, the food was delicious and the company of course was divine! 
The Social Committee includes Fran Anderson, Heidi Brown, Marg Churchill, Susan Des Islets, Marlene Sibbald, and Mary Taylor.
Thank you very much ladies!

Thanks as well to Chef Collin Goodine for catering the event.  Yum!

Recipe for Christmas Punch served at the party

Punch Recipe
  • 1 can (12 oz.) orange juice
  • 1 can limeade
  • 1 (14 oz) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 package of frozen raspberries with syrup
  • 2 cups of water
  • 15 ice cubes
  • 2 bottles of ginger ale
  • Slices of lime
Mix together and serve!

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Parking Regulations during Winter Weather

Notice to Residents December 12, 2017

As the winter season approaches, please be advised that regular enforcement of the Town’s by-law regarding overnight parking has commenced and will continue until April 2018.

By-law 4308-09 states that no vehicle shall be parked on a Town or Regional road between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. or at such a time which interferes with the removal of snow.

This by-law is in effect year round, regardless of weather conditions, however, enforcement levels increase during the winter months. To ensure safe and effective snow removal practices, vehicles must not be parked on roadways before, during or after a snowfall. Vehicles interfering with municipal snow removal activities may receive a minimum fine of $50.00.

For more information, please contact, By-law Enforcement 905-468-3266

Update on Open House Community Permit Planning System (CPPS)

On November 29th, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake held an Open House to explain the concept of the CPPS and the steps to implement it if Town Council decides, in areas of the Town.  The first implementation is likely to be our Village.
In simple terms (and it does get more complex), a CPPS allows the municipality to determine all of the regulations and guidelines in a specific area, that relate to built form, up front, before there are applications for development or to some extent, building permits.  In the Village, our Architectural controls are registered on title, and would likely form the basis of the by-law if implemented.  In other areas of Town, different requirements could be established.
The benefit to the builder is a faster approval process when land is being developed, since the builder knows up front what the requirements are, beyond just density.  Things such as setbacks from the street, roof pitches, to name only two items, could be defined in the CPPS by-law for a given area.
For the community, the benefit is having potentially significant input, early in the process, as to the built form of new development.  Residents potentially have some assurance that new buildings will be sympathetic to the character of an existing neighbourhood.
The next step is to hold a public meeting with Town Council where the results of the Open House will be presented and a recommendation made to amend the Official Plan to allow the system to exist in one or more parts of Town.  If approved, Town Staff would then commence preparation of the necessary implementation by-laws and regulations.
The devil is always in the details.  The VCA will be actively involved in the process and will be looking for your input as the process moves forward.  The concept of CPPS appears to have great promise to preserve some of the positive aspects of the Village and the Town.
Stay tuned.
Mark Brown

Update on the “Collection for the Collectors” from Jane Chapell

collectorDear Neighbours,
Just a note to thank you for contributing to our fund for the garbage collectors this year and to fill you in on the results.
The total amount collected from our Brookfield section of The Village, including a couple of contributions from individuals not on Brookfield laneways, came to $1170.  That was divided amongst our three regular collectors and they each received a Christmas tip of $390.
I know that at least one laneway in the older section of The Village did this as well and they gave each of the collectors $150 yesterday.
So, all in all, I believe the collectors had a good day.  Carol Fraser did the honours yesterday and she said the collectors were very appreciative and asked her to pass along their sincere thanks and best wishes to all involved.
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018.
Jane Chapell

treeThe Last Word with John Hawley

Dear Neighbours,

Liz and I, Adam and Brianne, and our adorable granddaughter Merritt, wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018. There are many new Villagers who will be spending their first Christmas here! They'll get to experience how wonderful Niagara-on-the-Lake is in the winter months as well as the summer, spring and fall.

2018 promises to be a very active year as we complete the newest phase of houses and townhouses.  Adam has loaded all the designs and floorplans onto our website  so please have a look when you have a moment.

We managed to pave the new street just before the asphalt plants closed for the season, and we will start building the first detached house and a four unit bungalow townhouse in January.

As you know we are also moving forward with the plans and approvals for building out the balance of our Village Centre.

John Hawley   |   President
Traditional Neighbourhood Developments Inc.
NewArk Niagara Corporation
C: (905) 321-8744
VCA Website
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