DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog has reached a settlement with Geranium Corporation in regards to the former Canterbury Golf Club lands.
Geranium has agreed to amend their original subdivision plan to 99 detached dwellings and a four storey seniors building. They had originally pitched a plan to build 124 houses on the former golf course lands.
An additional part of the settlement states Geranium has agreed to contribute towards: improving the Canterbury Common swimming pool; revitalizing the Canterbury Common waterfront trail, that starts at Coulter St.; as well as improving, and possibly expanding, the Canterbury Common Residents’ Association’s clubhouse.
Mediation sessions between the Township and Regional staff, Geranium, the Canterbury Common Residents’ Association and Paul and Karen Puckrin had been held since December of 2016.
The agreement is pending approval from the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The settlement is set to go before the OMB on Monday, June 19th, at 10 a.m., in the Blackstock Recreation Complex.
Scugog CAO Paul Allore said he is “very, very happy” with the settlement.
“I think this is tremendous in meeting the residents’ and community’s needs,” he said.
Mr. Allore also said if the settlement is approved, it will allow the township to avoid the high cost of a full hearing, adding if the process went to a full hearing, it would cost the Township approximately $500,000.
“This settlement is the best case scenario,” the Township’s CAO told The Standard.
Mayor Tom Rowett expressed, in a press release, his happiness that all sides were able to come to an agreement on the matter.
“This has been a long journey for all those involved,” he said. “On behalf of the members of council, I’d like to commend all the parties involved for coming to the table and negotiating this deal.”
Cheryl Shindruk, executive vice-president of Geranium Corporation, agreed the settlement is a win-win for all parties involved.
“We were very pleased with the fact we were able to reach a settlement and avoid a hearing that would be costly and time consuming for all parties,” she said.
According to Mr. Allore, the seniors building is proposed to be located on the northeast corner of Simcoe St. and Country Estates Dr. In addition he said Geranium has agreed to cover the Canterbury Common Residents’ Association’s planning and legal costs to an upset limit of $85,000, as well as legal and consulting costs for the Township.
Ms. Shindruk said the 99 homes will be bungalows or bungalows with lofts.
“It’s a beautiful little community and we want to protect it and enhance it,” Ms. Shindruk said.
Kevin Heritage, Scugog’s Director of Development Services, told The Standard Geranium has agreed to include one level of underground parking in their plan.
Geranium had filed a notice of appeal against the township to the Ontario Municipal Board, in April of 2016, after the Township did not make a decision on the official plan and zoning bylaw amendment requests, made by the developer, within the 180 day period after the applications were filed.
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