At its Nov. 11 meeting, Huntsville’s planning committee approved the site plan for the creation of a 2,482.98 square metre, four-storey, 59-unit multi-residential condominium building at 203 Hwy. 60.
According to planning reports, the property has an existing site plan approval for a 38-unit multi-residential building registered against the title of the property. It has an area of about 0.72 hectares, with 78 metres of frontage on Fairy Lake and approximately 89 metres of frontage on the highway.
The newly proposed development for the property has significantly changed since a 138-unit retirement home was proposed in 2017. At the time, area residents, as well as committee members, expressed concerns with the height of the building proposed, a tiered structure with a maximum height of up to 15.5 metres. Other concerns involved the setback proposed from the water and the application was denied. The owner appealed the decision to Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), “which ultimately approved the application in an Order dated May 10, 2019,” according to a report compiled by manager of planning Richard Clark.
The density of the building, as well as the number of highway entrances (from two to one) have been decreased. Parking for the building, oriented towards the highway, has gone from primarily being located in front of the building to moving parking indoors, according to Clark, who also noted that mature vegetation abutting Crescent Bay Lane would be preserved.
Staff recommended that the site plan be approve pending additional information related to construction mitigation, shoreline preservation and vegetation, parking, loading spaces, and demonstration of compliance with the shoreline amenity area and maximum building height requirements.
The proponent will also be required to address recommendations related to a peer-reviewed stormwater management study. The District of Muskoka has also noted that the proposed development falls within a water intake protection zone and is asking the proponent to submit a water source protection assessment report prior to final approval.
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