UXBRIDGE: Councillors have rejected a zoning by-law amendment and site plan application from the controversial 62 Mill St. development following a scathing report from the township’s planner.
The proposed 39-unit condominium townhouse development, on the south side of Mill St., between Water St. and Joseph St. has seen much debate for more than a year leading up to the report on the project, which was presented by township planner Liz Howson at council’s meeting on the evening of Monday, May 11.
As usual, when the matter has been before council, the chambers were standing room only at town hall for the meeting, which also featured a brief presentation from Rob Miller, Chair of the Uxbridge Gouldville Citizens Association (UGCA), which came to being to protest the development.
Ms. Howson noted a number of issues with the proposed development in her report, including over-development, traffic and environmental issues.
“You can’t have intensification for the sake of intensification. And in my opinion, this proposal is appears to be an over-development and does not represent good planning,” commented Ms. Howson.
As well, the report noted that the proposal does not satisfy a number of policies in the Township Plan, and noted that in consultaion with heritage experts, that it would be preferable to leave the historic Gould home one of the oldest residences in Uxbridge in its current location, rather than move it, as was the plan put forth by the developer.
Ms. Howson also noted that there are additional concerns over water balance and storm water management at the site, and Durham Region’s waste department recommended the rerouting of the proposed driveway into the development under its waste management policy. Ms. Howson also noted that some matters pertaining to the site, in particular, a detailed traffic study were not available when she was crafting her report.
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