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Stratford city council has sent a series of conditions to the Township of Perth East regarding the development of land that is to be annexed to the city in 2019.
Stratford dentist Mark Straus presented his plans for the plot of land on Ontario Street beside Canadian Tire earlier this month. A state-of-the-art building would contain his offices in addition to several other businesses. At Monday’s council meeting, Straus noted a chiropractor, an accountant, and a plastic surgeon have all expressed interest in moving in should the development be built.
Stratford’s conditions to Perth East include developing the property based on Stratford building standards. Also helpful in convincing council was Straus’ offer to pay for the property’s connection to services once they become available, as well as compensating the city for missed parkland and development charges.
A motion to support the conditions was still tight, though, and barely passed with a 6-5 vote.
Many of the councillors who voted against the development did so due to concerns that allowing the practice to build on land that has not been properly planned for will set a precedence for others to demand the same.
“That land will fill up fast,” warned Coun. Tom Clifford. “I’m surprised council is supporting this.”
Supporting councillors noted Dr. Straus’ willing to cooperate. Coun. Paul Nickel expressed his unwillingness to “stand in the way of a Stratford businessman.”
Perth East is expected to consider two applications related to the development in the near future. The city could appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board if the township was to move ahead with the development while ignoring the city’s conditions.