Newmarket Council Highlights

Newmarket Council Highlights on April 25, 2016 at 7 p.m
Council Highlights
Here's what happened at the Council Meeting on April 25, 2016 at 7 p.m.:

Egg-Laying Hens Pilot Project Expansion

Council approved the expansion of the Backyard Hens Pilot Project in Ward 2 to include Ward 5 residents. The pilot will allow up to five residential properties in total from both Wards to keep up to three hens, with regulations in place. For more information on this pilot project, please visit or call our By-Laws department at 905-953-5300, ext. 2222.

2017 Budget Process

Town of Newmarket Council will focus the 2017 budget to achieve these five areas as part of its Strategic Priorities:
Revitalizing our Community Centre Lands and addressing downtown parking needs
Creating a strategy for vibrant and livable corridors along Davis Drive and Yonge Street
Supporting community and neighbourhood projects
Ensuring safe streets
Organizational Readiness 2020
The first four focus areas speak to Economic Development/Jobs, Enhanced Recreational Opportunities and Traffic and Safety Mitigation. The last one – Organizational Readiness 2020 – is required to provide support and resources to ensure the success of the first four areas of focus.  Community engagement will take place from May to October 2016, with supplementary information to follow.  A preliminary draft budget is scheduled to be presented in October 2016 at a Special Committee of the Whole meeting and approval of the operating and capital budgets is targeted for December 2016.

Blue Dot Movement

Town of Newmarket Council passed a municipal declaration respecting people’s right to live in a healthy environment by joining the Blue Dot Movement. The declaration is intended to inspire action towards environmental protection at all levels of government. To learn more about the Blue Dot Movement, visit
The next Town of Newmarket Council meeting will take place on Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive).
Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions is available for review under Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website.

Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings

Outlining Council decisions is available for review under Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. For more information or to view the reports, visit

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events:

Public Input Opportunity: Housekeeping Amendments Sign By-law 2014-11

May 2: Residents, business owners and all other interested stakeholders are invited to participate in the consultation for the Sign By-law Review. This public information session will be held at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) in the Council Chambers.The information session will provide an opportunity to learn about the proposed housekeeping amendments to the Sign By-law, ask questions and provide feedback. For more information, please contact Lesley Long at 905-953-5300 ext. 2222 or 

Community Clean-Up and Family Fun Day

May 7: Help keep your community clean while having fun at this free event from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet us at the Recreation Youth Centre (56 Charles Street) at 8:30 a.m. to pick up cleaning supplies and select a clean-up area, then head on out to clean-up Newmarket until noon. Following the cleanup will be a free barbecue lunch, music and fun activities for the whole family! This event is sponsored by Enbridge and Vince's Market. For more information, please visit 

IncrediBrent and Super Sarah

May 7: The Newmarket Theatre proudly presents two showings of IncrediBrent and Super Sarah at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Newmarket Theatre (505 Pickering Crescent).This magic and comedy show will have you and your whole family laughing the entire performance. Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for children 12 years-old and under and/or $44 for a family pack (two adults and two children). To purchase your tickets, visit or call the Newmarket Theatre at 905-953-5122.

Public Information Centre: Tom Taylor Trail Extension

May 12: Drop in to Council Chambers at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) between 6 and 8 p.m. to discuss the proposed Tom Taylor Trail extension. The trail will extend through the Tannery Mall parking lot from the Holland River pedestrian crossing north of the Keith Bridge to the north end of the GO parking lot and connect to the existing Tom Taylor Trail. The project is scheduled to be completed by July 2017 contingent on weather, site conditions and successful tender. Project drawings will be on display and representatives of the Town’s Development & Infrastructure Services Commission will be available to answer your questions. Should you be unable to attend and have questions regarding this project, please contact Mike Ashworth, Capital Projects Parks Development Coordinator, at 905-953-5300 ext. 2510 or email

Selling consumer fireworks for Victoria Day? Here's what you'll need to know:

The Town of Newmarket requires all vendors selling Consumer Fireworks in a mobile, temporary sale premise or a permanent sales premise to obtain a licence. You can apply for a licence by completing an application form available at the Town of Newmarket’s Legislative Services department and submit it with the following documentation:
Payment of any applicable fee(s) established by the Town
A Police Vulnerable Sector Screening Clearance Letter within your local police service issued within 30 days of the application for the person engaged in the sale of consumer fireworks
A letter of permission from the owner of the property you are selling consumer fireworks from
A sketch and description of the building or property for the proposed sale of consumer fireworks
For more information on the sale of consumer fireworks, call Florence DiPassio at 905-953-5300 ext. 2206 or visit

Newmarket water mains get spring cleaning beginning April 28 

In an effort to continue to ensure the highest-quality water, the Town of Newmarket will be starting its spring cleaning of the water main system on April 28, and will be ongoing throughout the summer. The Town will be using a variety of techniques to do a thorough cleaning of several of the water mains that, over time, see a build-up of iron. Some residents’ water usage will be impacted for a short period of time, but those residents will receive a hand-delivered notification at least 24 hours in advance. For more information on the techniques that will be used to clean the water mains, frequently asked questions about how the Town maintains the water supply, what to do if you experience any issues and a map of the areas that will be impacted, visit and search ‘water and waste water.’ To speak with someone directly, call Public Works Services at 905-895-5193.

Donate, don't dump old clothing

Due to the recent closure of some Goodwill locations, the Town of Newmarket asks residents and visitors to refrain from dropping off their donations to the Goodwill located at 20 Davis Drive. Instead, we encourage you to donate your used/unwanted clothing to a local charity of your choice or drop-off your items at a donation box located around Town in accordance with By-law 2013-22 – Clothing Donation Bins. For more information, visit or call the Town at 905-895-5193.

Parking reminder

With the arrival of the warmer weather, many more Newmarket residents are coming outside to enjoy the fresh air, vibrant flowers and warm sun. In light of the increased outdoor traffic of pedestrians, it is important to be cautious and courteous of where you park your vehicles. To ensure the safety of residents in Newmarket, please refrain from stopping a vehicle on or over any sidewalk or footpath, within intersection or pedestrian crossover, or on any roadway in a manner which impedes the free flow of traffic. For more information or to learn more about the Town of Newmarket’s parking By-law, visit

May 9: Committee of the Whole at 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Offices
May 16: Council Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Offices