DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: A townhouse condominium development at the corner of Hwy. 7A and Old Simcoe Rd. in Port Perry is closer to becoming a reality.
At a meeting on Monday, June 19th, Council decided to approve applications to amend the Scugog Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw No. 14-14 to rezone the lands to allow for a 38 unit townhouse development, and to adopt those amendments. Council also decided to advise the Region of Durham that the Township has no objections to the region granting draft plan approval for a Plan of Subdivision subject to conditions being met.
Ward 2 Councillor, Janna Guido did not vote on the recommendation, as she declared a pecuniary interest in the matter.
According to a report from planning technician, Diane Knutson, following concerns from residents when the plan was pitched to council in February, applicant Elijah Antflick’s design was revised. Some of the revisions listed in the report include: moving the townhouses further back from Old Simcoe Rd.; reducing the height of the townhouses that abut residential homes, from three storeys to two storeys; revising the driveway entrance; and providing some open space areas on site for amenity areas.
Ward 1 Councillor, Betty Somerville was concerned about the volume of traffic coming from the development.
“If this is 38 townhomes, everyone has two cars and that works out to 76 cars coming out of there. You have one entrance and one exit. This comes out onto [Old Simcoe Rd.],” she said.
However, planning consultant Jim Dyment said, Old Simcoe Rd. “is intended to carry large volumes of traffic.
Ward 4 Councillor, Wilma Wotten questioned if some of the units could be constructed to be “shareable” so “two young people could live together and co-own it.”
“It is a concept I have not thought about at this point, but it is definitely something we could talk to the architects about,” Mr. Antflick said.
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