Ward Boundary and Council Structure Options Review
Why is the City conducting a Ward Boundary and Council Structure Review?
Ward boundaries and the structure of Council have not been reviewed since 2001. This review is necessary to ensure an effective and equitable representation across all wards within the City.
What criteria are used to assess the options under consideration?
1. New ward boundaries should achieve a general balancing of populations between Wards with a variance not to exceed 20% based on population as of January 1, 2016 plus the non-resident elector numbers from the 2014 municipal election.
2. Consideration will be given to established settlement patterns and existing communities of interest.
3. Consideration of natural physical features or man-made features as boundaries to establish Wards that are easy to identify.
4. All options should have consideration for the overriding principle of effective representation for all electors.
The direction of Council for this review includes the analysis of three main components:
- The ward structure
- The ward boundaries
- The size of Council.
The Terms of Reference for this project were adopted by Council.
- CLK2015-009 - Ward Boundary Review Process (PDF)
- CLK2015-027 - Ward Boundary Review Terms of Reference Guiding Principles (PDF)
- CLK2015-029 - Ward Boundary Review Project Update (PDF)
- CLK2016-009 - Ward Boundary Options For Public Consultation (PDF)
Option 1 - Pages 13 to 15 of Report CLK2016-009
Four (4) Wards (electing 8, 12, or 16 Councillors, plus Mayor)
Option 2 – Pages 22 – 24 of Report CLK2016-009
Five (5) Wards (electing a total of 12 Councillors plus Mayor)
Option 3 – Pages 10 – 12 of Report CLK2016-009
Sixteen (16) Wards (electing a total of 16 Councillors plus Mayor)
Public Consultation Process
From June 1, 2016 to August 15, 2016, public feedback regarding the abovementioned options will be sought through various means.
A public survey will be available on-line from June 1 – July 31, 2016 and by hard copy at City Hall, all Municipal Service Centres, all City Libraries.
Consultation will also take place during the Mayor’s Town Hall Meetings held on:
Thursday June 9- Lindsay Recreation Complex Community Room 7-9 p.m.
Thursday June 16-Bobcaygeon Community Centre/Hall 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday June 21-Omemee Coronation Hall 7-9 p.m.
Saturday June 25-Fenelon Falls Community Centre 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday June 29-Manvers Community Centre 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday July 5-Little Britain Community Centre-7-9 p.m.
Saturday July 9-Carden Community Centre-1-3 p.m.
Sunday July 10-Kinmount Community Centre-1-3 p.m.
Tuesday July 12-Woodville Town Hall-7-9 p.m.
Sunday July 17-Coboconk Community Centre- 11a.m.-1 p.m.
Email comments to:
Judy Currins, City Clerk
Phone 705-324-9411 Extension 1295
John Paul Newman, Deputy Clerk
Phone 705-324-9411 Extension 1322
Ann Rooth, Deputy Clerk
Phone 705-324-9411 Extension 1266