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Sub-division draft plan calls for 13 lots at Stinson Block

Municipal staff recommend a draft plan for a subdivision on Stinson Block Road be brought back to council following public consultation.

The proposal for 13 lots accessed by a new street connecting to Stinson Block Road was filed with Development Services in July 2019. The north side land is currently vacant and the south side comprises vacant land and three residential properties. To the north, the site abuts land owned by the Bayfield Treatment Centre.

Development seeks new single detached dwellings and an open lot space for stormwater management and parkland.

The developer received six responses from 23 mail-outs to residents within 120m on April 21, 2020.

One neighbour wrote to the municipality with concern that one of the proposed lots will reduce privacy for himself and three neighbours, reduce wildlife, block their view of Wellers Bay, cause more traffic, noise and pollution and result in a decrease of property value.

“I might as well live in a zoo and be put on display,” writes Josie Channer. “My backyard is the highlight of my home. It is a calm, relaxing space that helps me with my health issues and that was the reason why I moved from Toronto city life to beautiful, peaceful country life here in Prince Edward County.”

She requests the developer be allowed 10 lots in the proposal.

Another couple wrote in with concern the proposal was moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic and affects their property.

“Our house is severely affected by this as we are the last house which will now turn our place into a corner lot as the access road will be beside us. With this in mind, we are requesting a berm be placed between us and the road with the planting of fast-growing evergreen trees to afford us some privacy. Also, there is a concern of more flooding in our backyard and side yard. We have an issue now with drainage and this could negatively affect us further.”

Quinte Conservation is aware of existing drainage issues along thte back yards of four houses on the road and suggests regrading of the area may correct it, but cannot be certain in the absence of detailed engineering drawings. The agency provided a review of the project in a general nature, in absence of detailed information.

It did recommend site specific testing be completed to demonstrate the feasibility of using
soak away pits and that the elevation of the basements or foundations of the future homes be reviewed to prevent against flooding or wet basements.

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