Another Subdivision for Hespeler? PLEASE, “SAY IT AIN’T SO!”

October 5, 2009 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

   Approximate location of proposed subdivision

Approximate location of proposed subdivision

Representatives of Hunt Club Valley Inc. were back before the general committee with a proposed subdivision plan that would transform the east part of the Hespeler area –between Speedsville Road and Beaverdale Road, south from Briardean Road to the Speed River –into a sprawling 1,982 home subdivision… Joy!

While the concept plan itself is not terrible, the fact that area is expanding is what gets me angered. The Region has a Growth Plan in place, which should be followed and recognized. The plan requires a minimum of 40% of all new residential units must be built within the Built Boundary.” (Warning: pdf format) It will be interesting to see how sewage and water would be implemented in the area considering that the Hespeler and Preston sewage treatment plants are working at near capacity and much of the remaining capacity has already been allotted.

Concept proposal of the subdivision plan

Concept proposal of the subdivision plan.

Last December, council voted to close the file on an earlier application by Hunt Club Valley Inc., because a number of outstanding studies hadn’t been completed. They said they would have those studies completed by January 2009, but the company finally made it to the general committee for Monday September 28’s night meeting. They were trying to push for amendments to the city’s official plan and zoning bylaw.

Almost 20 years ago, Hunt Club Valley Inc. launched the first two phases the Idyllwild Estates off Beaverdale Road, an upscale development with large homes on quarter-acre lots that weren’t connected to the city’s water or sewer services. About 10 years ago ,as the second phase of Idyllwild Estates was being sold out, plans were revised. Hunt Club Valley proposed to change the nature of future development with an urban residential development, which included a broad mix of housing all hooked into municipal services. Those plans were put on hold as various subwatershed and community studies were completed. Now those plans are being modified and reintroduced.

Hunt Club’s planner, Walter Hugo, said his clients are prepared to host a meeting. Hugo said a number of key studies have already been completed. He also stated that if the application is denied, the matter would go to the OMB. A date for the neighbourhood meeting has yet to be set. Meanwhile, a plan is being reviewed by city staff and outside agencies, prior to a recommendation being made to council.



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