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Jan 23, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Stratford council gets look at next phase of housing development

Stratford Gazette

Jeff Heuchert, Stratford Gazette

The developer of the subdivision in the north-west end of Stratford is hoping construction on the next phase can begin this summer.

David Tennant Sr., owner of The Hampton Group, attended city council  last week where two applications – a zoning amendment and draft plan of subdivision – were presented.

Phase 2A of the development consists of the approximately 10 acres located to the north-east of Briarhill Drive and the Forman Avenue intersection. As proposed, it would include 44 residential lots similar in size to those located directly to the south.

The developer also plans to dedicate  a 10-foot wide lot addition to most of  the properties on the north side of Briarhill Drive.

The land in question is relatively flat with a tree strand in its north-west corner. Caroline Baker, a land use planner with GSP Group, said 134 mature, deciduous trees were identified, but none are considered significant and almost all either in fair or poor condition or dead.

“While it was recommended that the tree strand be removed for liability concerns, the applicant is trying to retain as many as possible,” she noted.

The first phase of the development was approved by the city in 2011 and consists of 126 lots as well as the extension of Forman to the north and McCarthy Road to the west.

While the first phase focused on smaller lots with townhouses, Tennant said the next stage would feature larger single family homes in the upper price range.

They will have a minimum lot width of 52 feet to accommodate three car garages.

He told councillors he hopes to provide the city with a myriad of housing and lifestyle choices over the course of the entire development, noting he is looking at an adult lifestyle community and condominiums for the land to the north of the present proposal.

As well, another 52 lots for large, single family homes are projected for the land to the east.

“We’re trying to make sure that as we bring in the different phases of this development that one phase is not competing with another,” he added.

The anticipated development concept also shows an approximate 10 acres of parkland in the far north-east corner next to the Rotary Complex.

Baker said the development will have double sidewalks on streets and is being built in a grid-type pattern that provides direct routes for pedestrians heading to either Stratford Northwestern or  the recreational facilities.

It was also noted the Forman Avenue extension is being designed with bike lanes to accommodate riders coming south from McCarthy.

The applications presented last week will be dealt with at a future planning and heritage subcommittee meeting.

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