UXBRIDGE: Residents turned out in droves on Nov. 25 to once again voice their concerns over the Foxtrail development in Uxbridge’s east end.
The purpose of the public meeting, held by the township as part of their ongoing review process into the development, specifically dealing with the development’s site plan application and plan of condominium application.
Nearby residents once again packed council chambers for the occasion, as has been the case since the project was first announced in 2008, and many familiar complaints were levied against the proposed 46-unit condominium/townhouse development, which was severed from Foxbridge Golf Course earlier this year, and purchased by Brookfield Homes.
Chief amongst the complaints from nearby residents of the Coral Creek/Estates of Avonlea development is that when purchasing their homes, some paid a premium in order to acquire lots backing onto greenspace. One resident present at the meeting claimed to have paid an extra $25,000 for a lot backing onto the proposed development.
Additionally, another resident hatched the idea to have those who purchase new homes backing onto greenspace should have premiums collected by the developer put into a fund that would reimburse residents whose view will be affected by the new development.
The resident did not provide any details of expanding the plan to include homes that were adversely affected by the Coral Creek development approximately 10 years ago.
The idea received little support, and it was argued that the resident’s issue lies with Fabio Furlan, developer of Coral Creek, not with the current project.
"It isn’t Brookfield that’s to blames here, Furlan charged you that premium," responded Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor.
Ward 4 Councillor Jacob Mantle also spoke out against the practice of charging premiums for lots, which carry no guarantee that the views will remain untouched by further development.
"It’s a bit of an injustice that people are paying premiums, and then a few years later, they’re gone and new people are paying premiums all over again," commented Councillor Mantle.
Another main point of contention from residents was the use of an entrance off Brock St. for construction of the development. A representative from Brookfield clarified that, when completed, the main entrance for the site would run off Nelkydd Ln., and the Brock St. entrance would be used only as an emergency access point.
"A traffic access for normal traffic off Brock St. was turned down," clarified township planner Liz Howson. "There were concerns about construction traffic coming through the neighbourhood, and when zoning was done it was always understood that construction traffic would be coming off Brock St."
Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor added, "I personally don’t think you’d want to see construction traffic coming down Nelkydd," a statement the resident strongly disagreed with.
As well, residents from far beyond the development came out to voice opposition to the site, including a Bloomington Rd. man who argued that the township "only follows the Planning Act when it’s convenient to do so, and you can’t do what you’ve done without an official plan amendment."
Earlier in the meeting it was explained that this meeting was just the latest step in the process for the development, after its official plan amendment and zoning plan were both passed in January 2012.