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March 2, 2021 City Council Meeting

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Artistic rendering of the proposed Transit Station area.
Transit Station Secondary Plan Area Zoning By-law Application
Council directed staff to prepare a zoning by-law amendment for the Transit Station Area to be considered for adoption at the March 23rd Council. The intent of the proposed zoning amendment is to accommodate the long term redevelopment of the Transit Station Area in anticipation of increased GO Rail service and ridership. The policies of the Secondary Plan support transit supportive development and the creation of walkable neighbourhoods with a mix of uses, a range of housing choices and new employment opportunities. View the Council report for more information.
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People sitting outside at a sidewalk patio.
Temporary Zoning Regulations for Outdoor Patios and Sidewalk Cafes
Council approved the Zoning By-law amendment application and passed a temporary use by-law to introduce temporary zoning regulations for outdoor patios and sidewalk cafes, as outlined in the report, that will remain in force until December 31, 2022. View the Council report for more information.
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COVID-19 Pre-authorized property tax payment plan
Special COVID-19 Pre-Authorized Property Tax Payment Plan Update
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, municipalities across Ontario introduced penalty and interest relief programs as a response to the state of emergency declared. For the City of Niagara Falls, the Special Covid-19 Pre-Authorized Property Tax Payment Plan, that was approved at the December 8, 2020 Council meeting,  generated 18 applicants approved for the program, 14 commercial properties and 4 residential properties.
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OPG Waterfront Licences 
Property owners who reside directly across from waterfront under the jurisdiction of Ontario Power Generation (OPG) have in the past received permission via a license with OPG to erect private docks and to enjoy exclusive use of waterfront immediately adjacent to parkland that the City licenses from OPG. Council City Council rejected Staff’s recommendation not to support renewal of these waterfront licences, and directed staff to prepare a report identifying appropriate options along the Chippawa Creek for additional boat ramps and launches. 
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Miller Road Speed Limit Change
In response to concerns pertaining to vehicular speeds on Miller Road between Willoughby Drive and Niagara River Parkway, a speed limit review was carried out to determine the appropriate speed limit of the roadway. The review concluded that a reduction in the speed limit is warranted given the prevailing physical road conditions. Council approved the following:
  • That the speed limit on Miller Road between Willoughby Drive and a point 250 metres west of Niagara River Parkway be reduced from 70 km/h to 60 km/h; and,
  • That the speed limit on Miller Road between Niagara River Parkway and a point 250 metres west of Niagara River Parkway be reduced from 70 km/h to 50 km/h.
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Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
As a result of the recommendation made at the February 9, 2021 Council meeting, the number of committee members appointed to the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee was increased to include a minimum of six (6) community members to a maximum of nine (9).  The three additional members to the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee will be Celest Turner, Sheila DeLuca and Falynn Shaw.
Niagara Falls Councillors wearing #LudzyStrong t-shirts, in support of Steve Ludzik.
Council shows support for #LudzyStrong
At the Tuesday meeting, Niagara Falls Council members sported #LudzyStrong t-shirts in support of the The Steve Ludzik Foundation Centre for Parkinson’s Rehab at Hotel Dieu Shaver. We are all sending Steve prayers & positive thoughts and are very proud of the work he has done and continues to do in our Niagara community!
Visit the Steve Ludzik Foundation website to learn more
Additional Reports
  • F-2021-19 Property Tax Penalty and Interest Rate
  • F-2021-20 Capital Budget Funding Swap
  • TS-2021-03 WEGO Visitor Transportation Services Operational Review
The complete list of reports, including consent agenda items, may be viewed in the March 2, 2021 agenda at
Procedure revision
Revision to Corporate Procedure Representation at LPAT Hearings for Committee of Adjustment
City Council amended Policy 500.11 to provide a process whereby legal representation would be made available if there is an appeal to a Committee of Adjustment decision where the Committee has not supported staff’s recommendation. View report.
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Niagara Falls Fire Department Annual Report
At last night’s meeting Council received the Niagara Falls Fire Department Annual Report. The Niagara Falls Fire Department is committed to safely protecting life, property and the environment through education,
prevention and emergency response. Read the 2020 Annual Report now.
Culture [Museums, Farmers' Market & Culture] 2020 Annual Report
2020 Annual Update from the Culture Division
The Culture Division is responsible for three municipally operated Museums, the Farmers’ Market and Cultural initiatives throughout the City. Working with the Niagara Falls Culture Committee, the division delivers additional events, grant programmes and awards to the cultural community. This report is a summary of the actions of the division in 2020. Read the 2020 Culture Report now.
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National Cleaning Week | March 28 - April 3
The week of March 28 - April 3, 2021 has been proclaimed as "National Cleaning Week" in Niagara Falls. With the increased interest in cleaning, disinfection and the desire of all people wishing to thank custodial care workers, it is an appropriate time to have the city recognize this event. Learn more at
Children's Mental Health - Hands together, holding a green ribbon.
Flag-Raising | May 3-7, 2021
Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

A flag will be raised in support of Children's Mental Health Week, with the hope to bring awareness to children's mental health, especially during these most difficult times. Learn more at
Thank you!
Proclamation | May 19, 2021
Personal Support Worker (PSW) Day

The City of Niagara Falls will proclaim May 19, 2021, as Personal Support Worker (PSW) Day. PSWs have selflessly and tirelessly provided care to our community’s most vulnerable through an extraordinarily challenging year. View the Proclamation Request.
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Next Council Meeting: March 23, 2021
The next City Council meeting will be held on March 23, 2021. For more information, please visit
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