In the lead up to the municipal election in October 2018, New Tecumseth is looking to change and rebalance their ward boundaries.
Taking the city map and dividing it into eight wards is not an easy task. There are several factors required by legislation to be part of the equation. They include ensuring similar representation by population, preserving communities or neighbourhoods of interest, considering future community development, examining population trends and defining wards by physical or geographical features.
To begin the process, a Committee of the Whole working session was held in April. Then, three informal public input sessions were held in June in each of the Town’s communities – Alliston, Beeton and Tottenham – after municipal council selected one of four new ward boundary options. Staff will now deliver their report to the Committee of the Whole on August 28.
The final step is for council to pass a bylaw to divide or re-divide the municipality into wards or to dissolve existing wards. Any Ontario Municipal Board appeals in regard to the bylaw must be completed before December 31 in order for the new ward boundaries to be in place for next year’s election.