Guelph planning department rejects proposed Eastview Road development

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Planning staff is urging Guelph council to turn down a proposed development due to the potential impact on a natural heritage system (NHS) and a provincially significant wetland, as well as the lack of municipal services.

Council will decide at a regular meeting tonight (July 11).

Robert Russell Planning Consultants Inc., on behalf of the owners 2613598 Ontario Inc. and 2589618 Ontario Inc., is seeking approval to for a 40-unit, five-storey apartment building and 30 cluster townhouse units on the 3.25-hectare site currently occupied by two detached homes.

In a report to council, staff concluded the developer “has been unable to demonstrate that it will have no negative impact on the adjacent Natural Heritage System and unable to demonstrate that there are full municipal services available, specifically adequate stormwater management to accommodate the development.”

“It is both provincial and city policy for any development to have no negative impact on natural features and their ecological functions such as provincially significant wetlands and significant woodlands.

The properties are currently zoned urban reserve and the property owner wants it changed to a mix of zoning to accommodate the development.

guelph development rejectedOriginally submitted in 2019 as a development with 57 cluster townhouses, the plan was revised in 2020 to include 30 cluster townhouse units and a five-storey, 40-unit apartment building.

The most recent proposal was submitted last November.

No changes to the proposed land use or residential density were made in the third submission.

“Following the review of the third submission made in November 2021, staff continue to have concerns with the development,” the staff report concludes. “The proposed development is not consistent with the 2020 Provincial Policy Statement (PPS), it does not conform with A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and it does not conform to the city’s Official Plan.”


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