About Andrew

Since 2014, I have had the privilege to serve Ward 1 residents as Councillor for the Town of Tecumseh. With my background in municipal public works, my record of professional experience and community engagement can be put to extensive use to keep Tecumseh a great place to live.

I am ecstatic to have been a part of the Town's progress over the last four years and to have been acclaimed to serve a second term as Ward 1 Councillor from 2018-2022. You can continue to count on me to deliver responsive, reliable and responsible town oversight, decision-making and advocacy on your behalf.

What's New

November 26th Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 6pm to discuss Awards and Committee Appointments.

Administration recommends that the nomination of Jocelyn Adams for the 2019 Dr. Henri Breault Community Excellence Award (Dr. Breault Award) be accepted, and that Town Council determine a direction with respect to awards for the 2019 Donald “Donny” Massender Memorial Volunteer Award (Donny Massender Award) and 2020 Senior of the Year Award.  The report can be found here.

Further, it is recommended that the applications of Betty Lee-Daigle, Manmander Matharu, and Jelena Ristic to the Cultural & Arts Advisory Committee, of Amanda Deshaies and Scott Robinson to the Heritage Advisory Committee, and of John Levesque to the Seniors Advisory Committee, be approved.  In addition there are three applicants to the Committee of Adjustment for the vacant position.  The report can be found here.

Regular business begins at 7pm.  The full agenda can be found here.


Delegations include:
1. Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment, Joseph Ouellete, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Re: Flag of Remembrance and Plaque dedicated to Major Fred Tilston

2. Baron Championship Rings, Drina Baron-Zinyk, Vice President, Co-Owner, Richard Baron, Founder, and Kathy Baron Co-Founder Re: Toronto Raptors Rings.  A sample of the rings produced can be found here.

Communications - For Information include:
1. County of Essex dated November 8, 2019 Re: Notice of Decision on Official Plan Amendment, 11870 Tecumseh Road.  Essex County has approved the Valente condominium development located on the north side of the Tecumseh and Southfield intersection.

2. Town of Wasaga Beach, November 8, 2019 Re: Resolution from the Township of Springwater - Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority Levy.  The Towns of Springwater and Wasaga Beach are each asking for breakdowns of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority budgets and that the Province allow them to see the budget lines in order to deliver their responsibilities for financial stewardship.

3. Town of Essex, November 7, 2019 Re: More Choice, More Homes Act, 2019 - Bill 108 Proposed Regulations.  Essex has backed the request of the Town of Tecumseh to have a three month consultation period regarding the regulations associated with Bill 108, the More Choices, More Homes Act.

4. Town of Lakeshore dated November 19, 2019.  Lakeshore extends to the Town an invite to their Shoreline Management Plan Public Consultation Event to be held on Thursday, November 28th, 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Atlas Tube Centre.

5. Township of Larder Lake dated November 12, 2019 Re: Main Street Revitalization Fund.  Larder Lake is requesting an extension in which to expend the allocated funding of the Main Street Revitalization Fund to June 2020.

6. County of Essex dated November 22, 2019 Re: Notice of Design and Construction Public Open House.  Essex County advises of a Public Meeting to be held regarding the proposed widening of County Road 42 from County Road 19 to the City of Windsor limits, consisting of a five-lane roadway with bike lanes, sidewalks, and/or multi-use trails.  Multi-lane roundabouts are being introduced at County Road 19 (Manning Road) and the new intersection with County Road 43 (Banwell Road) and at the diversion and reconstruction of County Road 43 from Shields Avenue to south of County Road 42.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the County of Essex - West Pike Depot, 11965 County Road 42, Tecumseh ON.

Reports include:
1. Chief Administrative Officer
a. CAO-2019-11 Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Development.  Administration recommends that Tecumseh join in with the County of Essex, other
Area Municipalities and the City of Windsor for the development of a regional Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.  The Community Safety Plan is a new requirement under the Police Services Act (1990) (Act) and the Community Safety and Policing Act (2019) by January 1, 2021. 

2. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2019-39, D19 SKY, Skyline Real Estate Holdings, Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment, Scheduling of Public Meeting.  Administration is recommending the scheduling of a public meeting, to be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., in accordance with the Planning Act for applications submitted by Skyline
Real Estate Holdings for a 4.4 hectare (10.9 acre) parcel of land situated at the southeast corner of the Tecumseh Road/Southfield Drive intersection (11873 and 11917
Tecumseh Road).  The request is to redesignate the property from “Commercial” and “Residential” to “Residential” with a new site-specific policy and rezoning the subject property from “General Commercial Zones (C3) and (C3-1)” and “Residential Zone 2 (R2)” to a sitespecific “Residential Zone (R3-16)” in order to:
i) recognize the two existing apartment buildings located on the northern portion of the property and permit accessory commercial uses within their first floors;
ii) permit the development of the southern portion of the lands for an additional two, four-storey apartment buildings totalling 150 units;
iii) establish a total overall lot density of 91 units per hectare for the entirety of the property; and
iv) establish site-specific lot, building and yard provisions.

For questions on these or other municipal matters, please contact me at (226) 773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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November 12th Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 6pm with a Special Meeting to discuss the newly completed Brighton Road Traffic Review.  The full agenda can be found here.

Tim Kooistra and Mike Walters, Dillon Consulting Limited will be present to report on their findings.  Recommendations include:

Multi-Use Pathway
• Remove the “stop sign paddles” at all intersections along Brighton Road
• Introduce pavement markings and signage along the pathway
• Introduce “crossrides” where the pathway crosses a stop-control side street
• Retain existing median islands Roundabout (with Tecumseh Road East)
• Introduce pedestrian crossovers (PXOs) on the west and north legs
• Introduce a “crossride” where the pathway crosses the south leg
• Introduce a painted yellow line between the truck apron and the drive aisle

All-Way Stop (with (Old) Tecumseh Road)
• Undertake minor signage changes and enhancements

Traffic Circles (with Aloha Drive and Southwind Crescent)
• Retain both traffic circles with the following enhancements:
• Introduce a “crossride” where the multi-use pathway crosses the east legs
• Raise the splitter island on the east legs only to be 75mm above the surface of the road (similar to the existing truck apron)

Traffic Calming
• Introduce additional traffic calming measures on Brighton Road between the VIA railway and the roundabout at Tecumseh Road East (Potential Option: 2 Sets of Speed Cushions)

Regular business begins at 7pm. The agenda can be found here.

Re: Remembrance Day video will be played in honour of our Veterans

1.City of Windsor dated October 7, 2019 Re: Funding for eco-passage through the Ojibway corridor.  The City of Windsor advises that it will be requesting funding of the Provincial, Federal and LaSalle governments to assist in constructing an eco-passage.
2. Town of Lakeshore dated October 9, 2019 Re: Five Year Official Plan Review Open House.  Lakeshore advises that they have held an Open House regarding the five year review of their Official Plan on October 29, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Atlas Tube Centre.
3. Town of Ingersoll dated October 19, 2019 Re: Support for Continuation of Mandatory and Non-Mandatory Programs of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.  Ingersoll requests that local control be retained with respect to the services delivered by the local Conservation Authority.
4. Township of Springwater dated October 21, 2019 Re: Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority Levy.  Springwaterl requests that local control be retained with respect to the services delivered by the local Conservation Authority.
5. Town of LaSalle dated October 25, 2019 Re: Amended Draft Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment.  LaSalle advises of a Public Meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at Council Chambers at 5950 Malden Road to consider a proposed Amended Draft Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment for approximately 72 hectares of land located between the 6th Concession Road and the 7th Concession Road, east of Huron Church Line Road and west of Howard Avenue.  A development is proposed that includes:
• approximately 480 new single detached, semi-detached, townhouse and apartment style dwelling units;
• new mixed-use (commercial and apartment style residential) buildings on approximately 2 hectares of land situated along the south side of Laurier Parkway;
• new neighbourhood commercial buildings on approximately 3.2 hectares of land located along of the south side of the 6th Concession Road;
• a new school on approximately 3 hectares of land;
• new parkland, trails, and storm water management facilities. 
6. Town of Prescott dated October 28, 2019 Re: Provincial Consultation on the Transformation of Building Services in Ontario.  Prescott requests that the Province provide evidence based justification to municipalities that the creation of a new Delegated Administrative Authority is necessary prior to any legislative changes to the Building Code Act, with regard to building service delivery.
7. Niagara Region dated November 1, 2019  Re: Actions and Resources to Join the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities.  Niagara advises that it has joined the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities (CIM), formerly known as Canadian Coalition for Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD) and has signed a declaration to support the ten CIM commitments and that it intends to create supporting governance structures with internal and external stakeholders to advise on internal diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and support the creation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan;
8. Niagara Region dated November 1, 2019 Re: Proposed Cuts to Legal Aid Ontario Budget.  Niagara requests that the Ontario Government not impose additional cuts to the Legal Aid Ontario budget and that it re-invest in the Legal Aid and clinic systems.
9. Township of Stirling-Rawdon dated November 5, 2019 Re: Municipal Liability and Insurance Costs.  Stirling-Rawdon endorses the report submitted by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and requests that the Attorney General of Ontario be requested to conduct a full review of joint and several liability as it affects municipalities.
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2. Municipality of West Elgin Re: Provincial Policy Statement Proposed Changes.  Administration requests support for The Municipality of West Elgin's resolution dated October 10, 2019, concerning the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) with regards to large grounded-mounted solar facilities; and recommends that the PPS policies also include language to direct wind turbine facilities away from prime agricultural and specialty crops, except for on-farm diversified use. 
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