Public input informing key municipal documents
Tim Brody - Editor
The Municipality of Sioux Lookout has been requesting input from the community through a series of open houses.
The Municipality has undertaken a review of the local transportation sector to ensure fair and balanced treatment for the ride-selling market.
“We welcome input from anyone involved in the ride-sharing market. To date, we have primarily heard from the taxi sector and Hub Transit,” shared Municipal clerk Brian MacKinnon.
He explained that Council asked the review be undertaken at its Special Council Meeting of December 12, 2017. Two additional licenses were given to A&A Taxi at that time. Council has placed a moratorium on the issuance of taxicab licenses until the review is completed or September 30.
MacKinnon informed, “Our intent is to bring our findings to Council for review this fall.”
Input was gathered at an open house event in June and through a survey, which closed on July 15.
Information collected included what type of transportation people use, why they choose that transportation, and people’s opinions on license issuance, fares, accessible license issuance and licensing requirements.
“Our goal in collecting this information is to help Council assess its current licensing framework to determine if changes are required. The report that will be brought to Council will contain both the feedback from the survey, and any staff recommendations for changes to the licensing structure based on the public’s feedback,” MacKinnon said.
Two open houses, April 24 and June 25, have also been held to garner public feedback as the Municipality of Sioux Lookout updates its Official Plan and Zoning By-Law.
The Municipality shared on its website these documents are, “Vital to ensuring the Municipality's growth meets local needs.”
Areas for future growth are being identified through the review process, as are the possible additions of new uses such as billet homes to accommodate an anticipated growing number of students from the north wishing to attend high school in Sioux Lookout.
People can find out more about both documents by searching Land Use Planning on the Municipality of Sioux Lookout’s website, www.siouxlookout.ca.
The Official Plan and Zoning By-Law review process is expected to continue at Wednesday (July 18) night’s regular council meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Office’s council chambers.