Tori Sutton, Stratford Gazette
Council will consider a plan of subdivision and zone application for the city’s west end.
The application is for 10.16 hectare parcel of land north of Short Street and east of O’Loane Avenue. It will eventually be bordered by the McCarthy Road extension to the north.
The plan was laid out during a public meeting held at Monday’s council session. No questions or objections were received from the public.
“Quite frankly, this a relatively straight forward plan of subdivision,” said Ian Rawlings, presenting on behalf of Bob Scott and Peter Hyde of Countryside Developments Inc.
The plans propose 88 single detached residential units, 30 townhomes and a block for 24 multiple-unit residential dwellings.
With a mixture of townhomes and single family residences, Rawlings said it appeals to buyers in different levels of the market.
“We will be able to provide a real mixture of price ranges,” he said, noting the density adheres to the city’s plans for the area.
Access to the site would be off Short Street, and McCarthy Road and Dempsey Drive once the neighbouring subdivision development is complete.
The land requires a zone change to residential first and fourth density and park from agricultural.
If approvals are met in a timely manner, construction could begin next year and continue on in phases over four to five years.
Coun. Martin Ritsma – who is also the principal at Northwestern Secondary school – questioned the safety of students in the area while construction is ongoing.
Rawlings said the southern portion of the site would likely be developed first, and acknowledged construction vehicles would be in the area. Subsequent stages of development would likely access the site via McCarthy Road.
Coun. Tom Clifford, who lives in the area, was concerned about the condition of Matilda Street and its ability to accommodate additional traffic. His statements were echoed by Coun. Kerry McManus, who suggested a rebuild of Matilda needs to be included in the 2013 budget.
The matter will be considered at an upcoming planning and heritage committee meeting.