SCUGOG: A proposed 38-unit townhouse development was met with concern from residents when it was pitched to council on Monday, February 13th.
Elijah Antflick proposed that the townhouse complex be located at the southwest corner of Hwy. 7A and Old Simcoe Rd., in Port Perry. The proposal also states that the entrance and exit would be located off of Old Simcoe Rd., and the buildings are proposed to be three-stories high.
“I will bring to Council’s attention that the ministry of transportation has indicated that they have no objection, and they’ve agreed to reduce the setback from 14 metres to 9 metres for this development. It is the first time in Port Perry that that has been done,” Township planning consultant Jim Dyment said.
Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back questioned if there was any concern about a possible overflow of traffic heading the same direction into the intersection.
“7A as we all know is a terribly congested road. What happens when you have 60 to 100 possible cars that could be coming home at the same time turning going south. Is that not an issue?” she asked.
Mr. Dyment responded, stating the traffic study done has found no concern.
However, multiple Scugog residents expressed their concerns about the possible development disturbing the long established orientation of this area of Port Perry.
“We are all bungalows in our area and suddenly to have a three story building towering in my back yard, that’s a little excessive,” Maureen Geer said.
Pastor John Benschop, of Victory Christian Centre, also expressed his concern about the height of the proposed complex, stating that it would “bury the church completely.”
The Township has not yet made a decision on the proposal and Councillors are expecting a report to come back about the development later this year.