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Brock to defend against supportive housing appeal

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

BROCK: At a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), the Township of Brock will be defending their decision, of not allowing the Region of Durham to begin work on a supportive housing complex in Beaverton at this time.

At a special council meeting, on Thursday, March 4th, councillors passed a motion to direct the township’s solicitor, township staff and consultants to attend the tribunal “in opposition to the Region of Durham’s appeal of its site plan application.”

The motion stated the township’s position is, it would be “premature” to grant approval of this project while the Interim control bylaw is in place and while a planning study is currently underway, regarding “the appropriate zoning regulations for modular construction, supportive housing and manufactured dwelling houses.” It also noted the lands are currently not zoned for this use. The Region of Durham has proposed a 50 unit supportive housing development be created in Beaverton.

Regional Councillor, and Deputy Mayor, Ted Smith spoke out against the motion, stating it has the potential to cost the township “a lot of taxpayer dollars.”

A recorded vote was held, with the motion passing 3 to 2. Ward 5 Councillor Lynn Campbell and Deputy Mayor Smith were the only two to vote against the motion.


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