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Three housing development plans under way

Information on three housing developments was presented to council at Wednesday’s public planning meeting.

Phase two and three of draft plans for a subdivision on 44 vacant acres south east of Carrying Place (east of Loyalist Parkway and west of Taft Road) were presented for information.

The application is a re-submission of a previously approved draft that lapsed twice before. Phase two comprises 11 single detached lots and nine semi-detached lots. Phase three includes 18 single detached lots for a total of 47 dwelling units.

The applicant proposes access to the lots by constructing an internal pubic road connecting County Road 3 and Taft Road.

Concerns were expressed about proper water drainage to avoid flooding and safety surrounding any plan for a walkway to Highway 33.

Plans, reports and studies are under way for a one-acre lot on Bridge Street (beside the Harbour Inn) at Mortimer Street are under way for a 25-unit, four-storey residential building.

The abandoned structure at the site had been condemned and was demolished in 2016. It was presumed to be built for residential use in the mid-1800s, and was noted historically due to its connection to the Hepburn brothers who built a large shipping fleet and wharf in Picton Harbour.

Luxury condominium units for Picton Harbour Lofts range in size from 980 square feet to 1920 square feet would each have a private terrace and parking. There is to be discussion of an option to create public parking at the site. Because of the significant grade change on Bridge Street, the building height is to be slightly higher than the elevation of Harbour Inn.

Jennifer Wood, land use planner with Fotenn Consultants, told council a high-quality building is being designed to pay homage to the previous industrial use of the area.

Council expressed concern that condo agreements are for permanent residents only and will not be used for short-term accommodation.

A draft plan for the Rollins subdivision at Loyalist Parkway and Talbot Street were presented to council.

The 50 acre development fronts both streets and proposes a series of internal public roads to access 264 residential units comprised of 145 single detached lots, six semi-detached lots, 61 townhouses and an apartment block with 52 residential units.

Councillor Janice Maynard was pleased the development offered a true mix of housing options and a park. Concerns from a public meeting in December about water drainage are being worked on by engineers.

Subject to the approval process, work could begin this summer and each phase is expected to take one to two years.

The subdivision would abut the proposed commercial block being developed by Picton Properties – planned home for a new Sobey’s grocery store and others.

Councillor Brad Nieman received clarification that traffic studies and talks with the Ministry of Transportation will include consideration of a traffic circle.

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  1. K.B. says:

    The expansion of development requires water and sewer upgrades. Currently there are new housing developments that are tied into old sewer systems which by design, cannot accommodate the capacity increase and are in need of repair or replacement altogether. Can anybody explain why new sewers are not being installed to accommodate the increase? Example: The development across from Macauley Mountain utilizes existing water mains and sewers which the County knows is crumbling. Why are they not adding, replacing, upgrading or repairing these sewers to accommodate growth? I support residential development provided it does not create further damage. In my neighborhood it’s increasing damage on water mains and sewers, which in turn is affecting our homes.

  2. Chuck says:

    We need every development we can get. More on our water system only helps. Who can afford these new homes is another discussion.

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