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Urban Centres Zoning By-law
Council approved the Urban Centres Zoning By-law at the September 24 Council meeting. Newmarket’s Urban Centres Secondary Plan sets out intensification targets that will see 33,000 jobs and 32,000 residents in our urban corridors along Yonge Street and Davis Drive over the next few decades. The by-law implements the policies of the Urban Centres Secondary Plan at the zoning level, which will help streamline planning processes and make development in this area as smooth and efficient as possible. Members of the public were engaged in the development of the by-law at various stages of the process and feedback from the consultations has been included in the final document. 
Council approves plan for more affordable housing options in Newmarket
A Zoning By-law Amendment for the development of three multi-unit residential buildings with a total of 482 units in Newmarket’s urban centre of Yonge Street and Davis Drive was approved by Council at the September 24 meeting. Two of the buildings will be guaranteed rental buildings which will include 31 affordable rental units. The third building will be Newmarket’s first high-rise condominium on Davis Drive. The project will provide more housing options for residents within our community. The Town is now processing the site plan approval for two of the buildings at 175 Deerfield Road (one rental and one condo) and final decisions on the developments will be made by the new Council in 2019.
Union Hotel receives Heritage designation
Council approved a by-law to designate The Union Hotel (425 Davis Drive) as a Heritage Building under the Ontario Heritage Act. The structure (which is at the northeast corner of Davis Drive and Main Street) was built in 1882 and is associated with the early urban development of Newmarket. It is expected that the Union Hotel will find a new life through an adaptive re-use of the building, either as a stand-alone use or as part of a larger re-development concept.
Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions, are available under Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. For more information or to view the reports, visit

Please note: the previous edition had an incorrect time listed for the Newmarket Public Library on October 19. The Voter Assistance Centre at the Newmarket Public Library will operate on October 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Ten things you need to know for the 2018 Newmarket Municipal Election:
  1. You should receive your Voter Instruction Letter in the mail any day now. If you haven’t received your letter, you are not on the Municipal Voters’ List. Get on the Municipal Voters’ List at If you receive a letter for someone who no longer lives in your household or from a previous owner, please contact the Elections Helpline at 905-953-5121.
  2. Visit to view Candidates Profiles and learn more about the position they’re running for, their top three priorities, their platform and a miniature biography about themselves.
  3. Voting opens at 10 a.m. on October 13 and ends at 8 p.m. on October 22. All information about voting, including your Voting PIN, and the web address or phone number to submit a ballot, can be found in your Voter Instruction Letter. It is imperative that you have your letter to vote.
  4. The Town has Voter Assistance Centres available for voters who require assistance and/or need access to a computer or internet. Here are the dates, times and locations you can visit a Voter Assistance Centre: 
  5. Need help voting? Call us at 905-953-5121 and we will walk you through the voting process, and answer any questions you have.
  6. Need help voting at home? We can come to you! Call 905-953-5121 to book an appointment and members of the Elections Street Team will assist you with voting at your home. Reminder: Never use a candidate’s mobile device/tablet to vote, or share proof of who you voted for with anyone.
  7. We will also be at several special voting locations throughout the 10 Voting Days. Assistance and access to a computer will be provided to voters. Call the Elections Helpline at 905-953-5121 or email to find out where and when we will be providing assistance at these locations.
  8. Online and telephone voting is accessible, easy, convenient, quick. Make sure you skip the lines and check out our instructional videos on how to vote online and by phone.
  9. Have a question that needs answering? Check out our FAQ page on our website. If the answer you are looking for is not there, give us a call at 905-953-5121 or email
  10. Remember! There are no paper ballots for the 2018 Newmarket Municipal Election.

Save the date! Mark these events in your calendar:
Farewell Mayor in the Square!
Join Mayor Tony Van Bynen for an informal, drop-in farewell, “Mayor in the Square” event on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). Please visit for more details.

Central York Fire Services Annual Open House - September 29 
Everyone is invited to our annual Central York Fire Services Open House. Learn about fire safety, participate in a fire truck tour, watch a vehicle rescue demonstration, meet "Sparky the fire dog" and more! 
Location and time: Station 4-1 (984 Gorham Street) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Culture Days - September 29 
Explore, share, listen, create and collaborate in a one-day celebration of Culture Days 2018! With every voice, with every beat, Newmarket becomes a stronger move inclusive and diverse community. Come celebrate the creative flow that beats within us all! There is a variety of drop in activities and workshops you can participate in at this free event. Visit for details. 
Location and time: The Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South), Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street), and Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Avenue). Activities take place at various times from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Discovery Walking Tours - October 6 and 18 
Join us as we embark on a light walk and take in the sights throughout historic Newmarket. Walks are one hour in length and the perfect outing for those wishing to pursue their passion for learning about Newmarket, a town well beyond the ordinary. Admission is free, sign up at 
Location and time: Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) from 1 to 2 p.m.

Princess and Superhero Party - October 27 
Come dressed as your favourite prince, princess or superhero for the day and join in on the fun! Enjoy games, crafts, inflatable activities, stage shows and more. The event is $5 per child, parents, guardians and children under one year old are free. Tickets are available onsite and online at snapd Newmarket.
Location and time: Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Boo-seum fun at the Museum - October 27 
Join us for a howling good time as we turn the museum into a boo-seum! Halloween displays, crafts and try a Halloween hunt! Suitable for ages 4-10. Meet Andrew Hind, author of Canadian Monsters and Mythical Creatures! Andrew will also be autographing copies of his book. Cost is $3 per child. 
Location and time: Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

Quilts: Warmth through the generations - until October 
This exhibit showcases 44 captivating and rarely displayed quilts from the Museum's collection, as well as quilts loaned by members of our community. See an array of stunning quilts including ones made by Elman W. Campbell's mother and grandmother. Enjoy the beautiful patterns and colours of Dresden Plate, Colonial Lady, Double Wedding Ring, Underground Railroad patterns, view a Quilt of Valour, and much more. Curated by Lynn Robitaille and Janet Charpentier-Burling. 
Location and time: Tuesdays and Saturdays from now until October, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. at the Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South) 
For up-to-date weather and cancellation details of Town-run outdoor events, please call 1-877-PLAY936 (1-877-752-9936) on the day of the event no more than two hours prior to the start time. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all events. Please contact the Town at 905-895-5193 or visit for more information.

Yard Waste Collection 

Yard waste in Newmarket is collected every second week until the last week of November. There is no limit for the amount of yard waste that can be placed for collection as long as the material is placed at the curb in paper organic yard waste bags, or in open containers with open handles and does not exceed 22 kg (50 lbs). Please do not use blue bins or plastic bags for yard waste. 

The following items should not be placed with yard waste:
  • kitchen scraps 
  • grass clippings
  • rocks
  • dirt
  • sod
  • tree stumps
  • larger branches 
  • flower pots/trays
  • painted or treated wood 
  • animal droppings
For more information, call the Town at 905-895-5193 or visit

Curbside Giveaway Day on October 20

On October 20, place unwanted, gently used items labelled ‘FREE’ at the curb from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for other residents to browse and take for their own use, free of charge. Items not picked up must be brought inside after 5 p.m.
This is a great opportunity to de-clutter and find a new home for your unwanted items, while also picking up something you may want or need for free!
You can also take a picture and post your offerings and great finds on BUNZ Inc. using #yrcurbalert. BUNZ is an online trading website where residents can post items to trade for other items! Please remember to be safe and follow these tips from York Regional Police when swapping, trading or buying and selling items.
Visit York Region’s Bindicator waste search directory for locations where you can donate, recycle or dispose of any items that were not picked up.
For more information on Curbside Giveaway Days and to download printable ‘FREE’ labels, please visit
Upcoming Council Meetings

Council Meeting 
November 26 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) 

Committee of the Whole 
December 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)

For a full list of Newmarket meetings, visit

We're currently hiring for the following positions:

Apply by 5 p.m. on the date listed above. To stay up-to-date with the most recent job opportunities, please visit Newmarket's Job Opportunities page

Traffic safety video series: Safety Starts With You  

The Town of Newmarket recently launched a series of traffic videos called Safety Starts With You

Our second Video is called Cycling Hand Signals and reviews cycling hand signals to ensure cyclists stay aware and stay safe. 

The first video, which was released in June, focuses on the importance of wearing a helmet while cycling. 

The Safety Starts with You video series is part of Newmarket’s Safety Driven campaign which features Newmarket’s safety mascots Safety Cone Sam and Belle the Bike.
For more great safety tips, follow Safety Cone Sam on Twitter @SafetyConeSam

Keep Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) out of the drain 

This Thanksgiving, remember to safety dispose of fats, oils and grease (FOG) by cooling it, scraping it, and putting it in your green bin. This will protect your pipes from clogging.  

Fats, oils and grease are byproducts of cooking. These include:

  • Butter or margarine
  • Shortening
  • Lard
  • Salad dressings
  • Cooking oils (includes deep frying oils)
  • Olive oil
  • Sauces and gravies
  • Meat fats
  • Milk and cream
  • Marinades
  • Sandwich spreads
If fats, oils and grease are poured down your sinks, drains or toilets, they eventually cool and can clog the pipes that take the wastewater from your house to the treatment plant. This can cause untreated sewage to back up and flood your basement or your neighbour’s basement. It could also back up onto streets and surrounding areas, polluting the natural environment.

More info can be found at
2019 Budget

The Town is preparing for the 2019 budget. Get Involved by learning more about how we build our budget and play our “Put Your Money Where it Matters” budget game. 

Visit and give us your feedback today.

For more information, call 905-895-5193 or email
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395 Mulock Drive
P.O. Box 328, STN Main
Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7

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