Newmarket Council Highlights May 15th 2017


Here's what happened at the Council Meeting on May 15, 2017:

Low Impact Development and Stormwater Management Policy
Newmarket Council adopted a policy to manage the stormwater challenges the Town currently faces. The objectives of this policy are: to minimize the impacts of climate change on residents and businesses, protect the natural environment and fresh water resources by restoring natural drainage, relieve pressure on the Town’s stormwater infrastructure, create standards and requirements for new development and redevelopment in Town and to ensure Town practices are aligned with policies and guidelines with organizations such as the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

East to West Bikeway
Council adopted the 2017 East - West Bikeway Report outlining the installation of new cycling infrastructure on Town streets which currently have limited or no parking restrictions. Council are asking that staff monitor the implementation of the bike lanes, analyze the impacts for a one year period and provide a report back to Council.

Restricted Area for Driving Schools and Instructors
Newmarket Council received a presentation from Town staff on Restricted Areas for Driving Schools and Instructors. Council was presented with two options. Option One was to implement a “Restricted Area By-law” which will prohibit driving instructors from practicing within the restricted area which is used as the DriveTest exam routes. Option Two was no regulation as the DriveTest Centre is governed by Provincial Regulations. Based on the two options presented, Council approved Option One which includes the implementation of a restricted area, encompassing the streets within the borders of: Gorham Street, to Prospect Street, up Bayview Parkway, across Traviss Drive through to Leslie Valley Drive and down Leslie Street. A by-law will be brought forward at the June 6 Council meeting and an education program will commence shortly after.

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


Save the date! Mark these events in your calendar:
Friday Night Seniors Social Dance
Friday, May 19: Join us at the Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place (474 Davis Drive) for a fun night of ballroom and line dancing from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $5 for Members and $6 for guests. This evening includes a cash bar, light refreshments, door prizes and spot dances.

Canada 150 at the Elman W.Campbell Museum
Saturday, May 20 until mid-July:Commemorate Canada 150 through special displays featuring objects and images that tell the story of Canada from 1867 to the present day. Admission is free and only open during regular Museum (134 Main Street South) hours.

Spring Moonlight Movie
Sunday, May 21: Enjoy an outdoor movie on a large inflatable screen under the stars beginning at approximately 8:45 p.m. (dusk) at Newmarket's Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). Bring a lawn chair, blanket and snacks to enjoy a movie. Inclement weather location is inside the Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall. Free popcorn will be provided by the Newmarket Scouts. Please check back closer to the date of the event for the movie title.

Casino Rama Bus Trip
Tuesday, May 23: Enjoy a bus trip to Casino Rama. The trip is $7 for Members and $10 for Non-Members of the Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place. The bus leaves Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (100 Eagle Street West) at 9 a.m. and returns back at 4:30 p.m. Price includes luxury coach bus and $15 in casino play. Please call 905-953-5325 for more information.

Touch-A-Truck and Community Open House
Thursday, May 25: This free, hands-on event is back for another year. Get up close and personal with cool vehicles and trucks of all different sizes at the Operations Centre (1275 Maple Hill Court) from 5 to 8 p.m. Explore some of your favourite trucks such as a fire truck, Zamboni, backhoes, dump truck and more. Be sure to visit Town of Newmarket booths located throughout the Operations Centre to learn about current initiatives happening in and around Newmarket.

Marquee Theatrical Productions presents "Peter Pan"
Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28: Purchase a ticket for Marquee's theatrical production of "Peter Pan" taking place at the Newmarket Theatre (505 Pickering Crescent). Visit today for more information or to purchase your tickets for $17.

Garage Sale Fundraiser
Saturday, May 27: Attend the Elman W. Campbell Museum's (134 Main Street South) multi-family garage sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon. There is something for everyone to enjoy. This event will take place rain or shine. If you have something you would like to donate, please contact the Museum at 905-953-5314. This event only accepts cash payments. 

Kicks Dance Recital "Gotta Dance"
Monday, May 29 and Tuesday, May 30: Come out to Mount Albert's Kicks Dance Studio third annual recital titled "Gotta Dance" at 6:30 p.m. at Newmarket Theatre (505 Pickering Crescent).  Visit today for more information or to purchase your tickets for $26.50.

Newmarket Theatre presents "The Balloon Tree" 
Thursday, June 1: Leap into a fairy tale created by the beloved Canadian children's author Pheobe Gilman.  Follow Princess Leora on a magical adventure through her village in search for the one object that will save them all - a balloon. Up against her evil uncle, the Archduke, and all the guards in the kingdom she cannot make it without the help of the villagers, and of course, the audience!  Set off on a magical journey filled with music, secret passageways, wizards, magic spells, sword fighting and lots and lots of balloons! Suitable for ages 3 to 9 years of age.This show will be performed at the Newmarket Theatre (505 Pickering Crescent). Visit today for more information or to purchase your tickets ranging from $12 to $15.

The Liverpool Sessions - Sgt. Pepper Live
Saturday, June 3:  The Liverpool Sessions presents a performance of The Beatles masterpiece from studio to stage featuring Sgt. Peppers and Lonely Hearts Club Band recreating the sound and energy of the Beatles' best recordings. This performance will take place at Newmarket's Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street). Visit today for more information or to purchase your tickets for $33.90.

55+ Golf Tournament
Wednesday, June 7: Attend the Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place 55+ Golf Tournament beginning at 9 a.m. at Mill Run Golf & Country Club, Highland Course (269 Durham Regional Rd 8). Registration includes golf, cart, tees and BBQ lunch at Mill Run. Cost is $65 for Members, $75 for Non-Members. Spouses and friends can join for lunch for $17. Dress code in effect. 

Double Trouble featuring Pete Paquette and Dean Z
Friday, June 16: Undoubtedly one of our most dynamic shows this year. New for 2017, this show features two of the worlds’ most accomplished Elvis Tribute Artists at their very best, Pete Paquette from Canada and Dean Z from the USA, accompanied by our very own Rockin’ Royals Showband and the Tonettes. Energized by friendly competitiveness, both Pete and Dean will go head to head as Elvis, taking you back in time to relive the various eras of the King’s colourful music career in this fun, authentic and interactive concert. Don’t miss this one of a kind whirlwind of a show at the Newmarket Theatre (505 Pickering Crescent) as these two magnificent performers come together to bring you an unparalleled rock’n roll concert experience celebrating the music and legacy of Elvis Presley.Visit today for more information or to purchase your tickets for $47.

Marquee Theatrical Presents "Marquee Showcase"
Monday, June 19: This is a talent-packed production at the Newmarket Theatre (505 Pickering Crescent) that features Marquee Dance Academy students who will perform Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro and Hip Hop, but it’s not only dance alone. Included throughout this variety show will be performances from our past season of youth group and adult cast productions including: Elf Jr, Peter Pan Jr. , Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Adult cast), Legally Blonde and Little Shop of Horrors.Visit today for more information or to purchase your tickets for $25.

Boost your Newmarket event experience with the 150 Days of Summer campaign
In acknowledgement of Canada 150, the Town of Newmarket has launched a 150 Days of Summer Campaign to help boost your Newmarket event experience! Residents and friends who wear a 150 Days of Summer Button will gain access to extra activities, promotions and perks at all Newmarket events beginning now until the end of September 2017.

150 Days of Summer buttons can be purchased for $10 each and will include access to, but not limited to the following promotions:
• Upgraded large popcorn at Moonlight Movies event
• Rides on the Ferris Wheel and Merry-Go-Round at the Kanata Festival (new this year) and other perks!
• Treat at each of the Kids Downtown event (new this year)
• Refreshment(s) at each Music in the Park event (new this year)
• Admission for your dog to the Pooch Plunge (outdoor pool) at New’Bark’et ($5 Value)

150 Days of Summer Buttons can be purchased at the following Customer Service Kiosk locations during operating hours:
• Newmarket’s Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)
• Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive)
• Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (100 Eagle Street West)
• Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street)
• Newmarket’s Recreation Youth Centre & Sk8 Park (56 Charles Street)

Please note that button-wearers must present or wear their button to receive special promotions.

Don’t forget to use the #Newmarket150 on social media @TownofNewmarket on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and show your Canadian pride! For more information on other Newmarket events, visit For more information on other Canada 150 events, visit View the attached flyer for more information on 150 Day of Summer Campaign!

Newmarket GO-station Mobility Hub Study Open House
Help shape the future of transportation in Newmarket by attending the Mobility Hub Study Open House on Thursday, May 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a brief presentation at 7 p.m. at the Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place (474 Davis Drive).

The Town of Newmarket is working closely with Metrolinx, York Region and other partners to identify opportunities to improve the GO Station and surrounding area in Newmarket. The Mobility Hub Study will help to ensure that land use and transportation options are well integrated and support appropriate future growth.

For more information, please contact Adrian Cammaert, Senior Planner at 905-895-5193 or email

Get Involved! Join a Town Committee  

The Town of Newmarket is seeking volunteers to serve on the Accessibility Advisory Committee, Appeal Committee, and Newmarket Economic Development Advisory Committee (NEDAC).  The deadline to apply is Friday, May 26 by 4:30 p.m.

The Town is also seeking volunteers for the Newmarket Environmental Advisory Committee (NEAC) and the deadline to apply is Friday, June 2 by 4:30 p.m.

To learn more or to apply, visit or contact Legislative Services at 905-953-5300 ext. 2220 or email

Vacant Unit Property Tax Rebate Program
Property owners are invited to attend a Public Information Centre (PIC) regarding the Vacant Unit Property Tax Rebate Program on Tuesday, May 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Town of Newmarket Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive). Based on the opportunity provided by the Province of Ontario, municipalities are considering options to modify or eliminate the Vacant Unit Property Tax Rebate Program. Currently, property owners of vacant commercial and industrial buildings can apply for property tax relief through their municipality. Through the PIC, business owners will have the opportunity to listen to a 10 minute presentation on the background of the program, as well as speak directly with representatives from their municipality and provide comments and feedback. Those who can’t attend the PIC are encouraged to provide feedback through a survey. For more information, call 905-895-5193.