Restructuring proposal has Simcoe County divided into 5 or 7 wards
One of three proposed agglomerations
AWARE News Network
Simcoe County is to consider a plan that would transform the way local councils relate to the upper tier of municipal government, and how citizens participate in local representation.
A February 14 2020 report from CAO Mark Aitken and Clerk John Daly outlines a structure that would do away with the present two-person mayor/deputy mayor teams from each of the county’s 16 municipalities.
Instead, municipalities would be agglomerated into five or seven wards, each represented by a regional councillor. They would be joined by the 16 mayors of each municipality within a ward, making for a council of 21 or 23 members.
Maps of agglomeration options
The plan is to start the new structure in October 2022. The matter is to be on the March 10 county council agenda.
Simcoe County council restructuring on the horizon
by Janis Ramsay Simcoe.com February 22 2020
The first proposal has come forward about changes to Simcoe County council.
More than a year ago, the province announced it was reviewing regional governance models, including Simcoe County, but later changed its mind.
But county council agreed to continue working through its own restructuring — after it has remained the same for close to 50 years.
This proposal is about the size of council, with a recommendation to shrink to 21 from 32.
It would mean all mayors from the 16 member municipalities would still sit on council.