The proponent of a 150-unit development, which includes two four-storey multi-residential buildings with a total of 80 units, has come up with a more detailed plan for the provision of outdoor amenity space for its residents, as per Huntsville planning committee’s request at its May meeting.
The phased Highcrest Muskoka development will comprise an area of about 3.85 hectares made up of lands at 46 Hanes Road and 18 Legacy Lane, which will be developed in six phases.
At its June 15 meeting, Huntsville manager of planning Richard Clark told committee that the developer has been working with staff to formulate a landscape plan which will incorporate outdoor amenity space as part of phase three of the project.
“On further review, the developer has indicated that this amenity area could be provided on the rooftop of the parking structures of those buildings,” Clark told committee. “That rooftop, it exists because the parking structures are planned to be connected below grade,” he added.
Clark told committee the developer has also indicated that additional outdoor amenity space would be provided within other areas of the development and include things like benches along walking trails and a pergola—all of which can be established to the satisfaction of the municipality within the landscape plans of the development, he added.
“I know some others went out to visit the applicants and take a look at the whole site, I did as well. I was wonderfully surprised and impressed at the quality; the vision that they have. I think this is going to be a great development and I didn’t know that before,” said Councillor Bob Stone.
Committee chair and Deputy Mayor Nancy Alcock concurred. “I too visited the site and had exactly the same thoughts, and I was really pleased with their ability to think creatively as to those outdoor spaces, so that was really important to me.”
In the end, committee granted the applicant conditional planning approvals for the project, thereby enabling the applicant to seek draft approval for the condominium development from the District of Muskoka.
You can find the report from planning staff here (pdf).
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