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New Development Off Dew Street

On April 6 there is a Council Planning Meeting.  There is only one agenda item:  the application for a 4 semi-detached residential units an a condominium road to be created off Dew Street on the north side.  As indicated in the report there was a public meeting for this same property in October; but in response to public feedback there has been a significant change in the proposal and accordingly a new public meeting is being held.  I consider the new proposal to be better than previous but I need to know more.  I think the idea of semi detached is interesting as it is in place of single detached and it may be more interesting for person(s) wanting to downsize and to have a front door opening to street level.  Here are the appendices.  To make a verbal deputation or to send an email contact [email protected]a.  At this statutory public meeting there will be no decision by Council; purpose is to hear feedback from public.

Developments in NW Nobleton

On Council March 29 agenda there is a report about two development applications in the northwest quadrant of Nobleton village. To read it and access all the appendices click here and scroll down to item 7.3.    As indicated in the report that there is a serious constraint in these developments being built as the servicing capacity (i.e. sewage and water) is not currently available but that does not preclude the planning to be done.  I have 3 questions/areas of concern.  i)  I am somewhat surprised that the application qualifies for the density being proposed as I don’t believe they are offering a mix of housing types; they are all singled detached albeit on different sized lots. ii) I need to know more about the proposed “pilot project” of the parkland and storm water management facility being on the same lands; when I hear “pilot project” I wonder about the the back up. iii) I want to understand what the consequences are of designing a modified collector road.  I understand the motivation but are we going to regret not insisting on the standard in 10 years when every household has multiple cars and there is no place for guests to park (more…)

Tribute (Nobleton)

On Council March 29 agenda there is a report about an development application in Nobleton village. To read it and access all the appendices click here and scroll down to item 7.4.  It is for the land parcel originally held by the school board when the subdivision was built.  Similar to what I said in another post about other developments in Nobleton  there is a serious constraint in these 22 lots  being developed as the servicing capacity (i.e. sewage and water) is not currently available but that does not preclude the planning to be done. As construction is not going to happen as soon as the builder likely wants I hope Tribute will take the time lag as an opportunity to plan for building houses that are truly sustainable i.e. built to net zero.  These new homes are going to be less than 10 years old in 2030 and less than 30 years old by 2050, dates when provincial and federal governments are targeting to have achieved significant greenhouse gas emissions; we need to stop building houses with built in obsolescence.

 

Janeking and King Hill

On March 1 there is the statutory public meeting for applications for 3 parcels in the area south east of King Road  and Jane; except for those who are very cognizant of planning processes this can be confusing.  I think the staff report does a pretty good job in explaining what is being considered.  1.  As reviewed the parcel, called King Hill,  (which was once owned by Magna) is still zoned for a variety of low-rise, low density offices or industrial buidlings with some limited commercial uses.  And its indicated that a previous request to convert some of these lands to residential has been withdrawn.  2.  South of King Hill there is a development proposal to build a variety of residential uses including single detached, townhouses and lifestyle units geared towards Seniors.  No decisions are made at a statutory public meeting; rather, its an opportunity for the public to identify concerns concerns, ask questions.  As the meeting is being conducted virtually it is necessary to register to make a deputation; alternatively you can send (more…)

Stateview (High Crown Estates) Project

On February 22 Council agenda there is a report on the Stateview (High Crown Estates) development on east side of Keele south of Dennison. As I review below this application has been active for 2 years.  The timing for this report is that a LPAT (local planning area tribunal) is scheduled for June 2021; hence it is appropriate to advise the public as to how the proposal has evolved and to hear comments.   To access the report and all appendices see the meeting agenda and scroll down.  There was a public meeting for this application in March 2019.  At that point I expressed serious concern about the intensity and the encroachment into the buffers.  Two years later I still have those concerns.  If you want (more…)