Updated: Jan 11
Note it's another early start – this meeting is being tucked in before the regularly-scheduled 7pm City Council meeting.
The new Committee structure is announced, with some big changes. And the Lobbyist Registry proposal is back – definitely a "win" for transparency, if it goes through this time (see comments below).
Watch Online: https://youtu.be/gfjVdLEUoo0
📑🗂 Staff Report
👥🧑⚖️ Structure of Committees of Council and Procedural Bylaw Updates
The new (and continuing) Reference Committees are announced, as well as which Councillors have been assigned to each committee
Planning Committee to be dissolved to allow for increased flexibility of scheduling additional meetings as required to address Planning and other Corporate matters
Public Meetings under the Planning Act will now be held at the Affordability Committee
Development Applications will be considered by General Committee
A Mayor's Priority and Planning Task Force will be established, "to assist with the prioritization of the workload in the reference committees" and encourage increased collaboration among the reference committees.
Item of Discussion
🤝💵 City of Barrie Lobbyist Register
Direct staff to investigate the feasibility of a Lobbyist Register to ensure public disclosure of lobbying activities and to oversee the regulation of lobbyists' conduct
This was proposed by Councillor Aylwin in 2019 – while Engage Barrie didn't exist at the time, many of our members supported this proposal back then, and it was on our founders' list of top priorities when we were dreaming up the organization. Unfortunately, the proposal didn't gain any traction at that time – hopefully this re-introduction will produce better results.