SCUGOG: A parcel of land along Port Perry’s Simcoe St. gateway - 21 Oyler Dr., which over two decades ago was the site of a Johnson Controls plant - has fallen under the eye of councillors - as a potential developer makes their case for a future mixed-use construction project on the vacant lands.
On Monday, Jan. 26, Scugog councillors heard representatives of the Stockworth Development Group offer their take on the township’s future Gateway Regeneration Area development - which could see a combination of commercial storefronts and residential spaces.
“I was happy with the presentation that John Benesford and Peter Smith from Stockworth made to Council,” Mayor Rowett told The Standard. “Right now we’re just in talks about the project, it has to be finalized and we will hold a public meeting in the near future.”
Although the currently industrial-zoned property was slated to remain industrial, the proponents have asked for it to be re-zoned as a combination of commercial and industrial lands - in order to further beautify Port Perry’s gateway area and bring an improvement to the local tax-base.
“The plans ask for 250 units of residential space, most likely in condominium-style homes - as well as a front-line of one or two story commercial storefronts,” said Mayor Rowett. “This way, we can improve the gateway features of Port Perry, focus the intensification that the Region of Durham has asked for, and increase our tax-base in one fell swoop.”
Mayor Rowett noted that such a large allotment must be handled carefully, providing increased commercial space while keeping away the big-box stores that could threaten Port Perry’s small-business owners.
The Mayor also plans to target the needs of Scugog’s downtown core with the development, stating “We need a hotel or motel in town to let our tourists stay in the area, and we also need some sort of recreation or entertainment business to bring in revenue and give youth somewhere to go. I’m very glad to see that we can be proactive with these developers, and that they are willing to share information and work closely with Council.”
Since the lands have yet to be re-zoned by Council, Scugog Township still holds the powers of veto and decision over the project.
A public meeting and consultation will be held to inform and gather input from the public - before further progress is made.
Readers are encouraged to direct comments to Mayor Rowett by contacting the Scugog Township Municipal office by phone, at 905-985-7346, or in-person at the 181 Perry St. building in Port Perry.