DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Council chambers were overflowing on the evening of Monday, June 23, as the community gathered en masse to hear plans for a development on one of the township's most notable heritage properties, located at 62 Mill St.
The public meeting was held to deal with a proposed zoning amendment that would allow for a 39-unit condominium townhouse development on the property containing the heritage home built by Isaac Gould in 1866, believed to be both the first brick building in the township as well as the first home with electricity. Under the proposal, the home would be relocated on the property.
Under the current plans, the development would be serviced by a new road built off of the existing entrance to Mill St., with a gated emergency access built at the south end of the property near the gravel cul-de-sac on Water St.
According to Bob Martindale, a planning and heritage consultant for the project, the developers were not asked to submit a traffic report as part of their initial submission to the township.
As well, Mr. Martindale added that the development will offer a different type of residence in the area.
"It expands the range of housing available for purchase in an area with low density detached homes," added Mr. Martindale.
However, those points did not sit well with Rob Miller, the Chair of the newly-formed Gouldville Citizens Association. Mr. Miller asked for a full traffic analysis of the surrounding roads, as well as taking issue with the style of homes in the development, as compared to the current residences in the area.
"This will in no way enhance the existing community," said Mr. Miller. "We request that the town deny this zoning request on the grounds that it is not conforming with plans."
Local resident Ken Sherwood, the proponent of the development addressed the issue of stormwater management for the project, noting that it is still in the initial stages.
"It's difficult to design stormwater management at this stage since we don't know how many units will be built," commented Mr. Sherwood. "But, I want to assure people that whatever design happens, there will be absolutely no run-off going to existing homes in the area."
Gouldville resident, and former Scugog Mayor Doug Moffatt reminded the public of that statement later in the meeting, during the commenting portion, adding that the Citizens Association is prepared to challenge the development at the Ontario Municipal Board.
Ward 4 Councillor Jacob Mantle - who serves the area where the development is proposed - also took issue with the scope and style of the project.
"You're proposing a development with nothing in common with the existing homes in the area," commented Councillor Mantle. "The Official Plan states intensification where appropriate, and that the process we're going through here to determine if it's appropriate."
Councillor Mantle also the addressed traffic concerns of nearby residents, and the potential impact of additional traffic on Mill St.
"Through consultations with staff, traffic has come up. Mill St. is already a bypass of sorts, and in perhaps need of rehab itself. Adding two cars per household for 39 units is going to have some impact, and it's something we should look at," added Councillor Mantle.
Residents wishing to add their comments regarding the proposed development at 62 Mill St., can do so through the township's Clerks Department until Monday, July 7.