BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: A proposed subdivision on Scugog Island is moving forward, with the township taking a cautious and environmentally friendly look at the greenspace it will be located on.
The first of many planned developments for Scugog Island – this detached home community may set a precedent for future growth in the municipality.
On Monday, May 5, Scugog council saw an update on a new subdivision, which has been slated for Scugog Island since May 2012.
The 16-lot subdivision, located at 17300 Island Rd. across from Ma Brown's Rd., has seen considerable survey and assessment – due to an existing forest directly to the south, and its proximity to the shores of Lake Scugog.
In order to comply with current regulations, the site has been planned with a 30 metre marsh buffer zone, and houses being set back from the sensitive wetlands. As the draining of phosphorous and nitrates into Lake Scugog have been a hot topic in recent years, all newly-built homes in the subdivision will require mandatory scrubbing systems for waste-water.
Local residents and neighbours, such as Carolyn Henley of 17200 Island Rd., were contacted to understand their feelings on the new development moving forward. Ms. Henley owns a home adjacent to the property, surrounded by crop lands, and expressed her concerns about the potential environmental impact of the development.
"As a family, we do not object the development of the lands, and are sure that the environmental assessments will make every effort to protect the plants on our property," said Ms. Henley. "I'm glad to hear that the tree-line and drainage will be taken into consideration."
Don Gordon, Scugog Township Director of Community Services, assured the public that the environmental sensitivity of the site is of the utmost importance to the project's developer, and that no more than 25 per cent of the land will be used by homes.
"Process-wise, the next step is for the proponents to go back and ensure everything is in line, followed by grading and drainage reports," said Mr. Gordon. "I wouldn't expect to be reporting back on this process until early next year. It's been a long process, and we need to double check every step."