Huntsville’s planning committee has approved an easement and site plan application for the construction of 21 townhouses on lands comprising 48 West Elliott Street and 169 Main Street West.
The three-block condominium development would be accessed from a private road off West Elliott Street.
The easement approved by committee through a consent application would grant the easement of a 204m², and a 6m wide parcel of land at 169 Main Street West, in favour of lands at 48 West Elliot Street to facilitate the connection to storm and sanitary sewers.
The lands are developed with a parking lot and pole barn for covered vehicle storage and have an area of approximately 7,131m² and 40m of frontage on Main Street West, according to the planning report compiled by staff for Huntsville’s planning committee on April 13.
In 2016, “a Zoning By-law Amendment was approved to facilitate this development (By-law 2016-45). A draft plan of subdivision (File S2015-7) was also approved, along with a common element condominium description (File C2015-6),” adds the report.
“As you can see on the landscape plan there’s a robust planting scheme and a community park,” Huntsville manager of planning services Richard Clark told committee.
Staff was recommending approval of the updated planning applications with the following conditions:
- Some minor amendments to the site plan drawing may be necessary to ensure consistency between information provided throughout the set of plans and to address final review comments.
- Revising plans to show height measurements taken from the average finished grade per unit to the appropriate point within the roof.
- As per the District, water services are to be extended to a water meter in a heated locked utility room with an external entrance. The plans should be revised accordingly to address this requirement. The District also requested that an easement be registered on title to provide sanitary and storm sewer services to the lands between the subject property and Muskoka Road 3 (Main Street West).
- The provision of an easement and overland spillway to convey stormwater away from the site.
- That the agreement contains clauses related to the owner’s obligations for winter maintenance requirements for West Road as well as regarding the Town’s storage of snow on the property.
- That the applicant provides detailed designs for private road elevations to ensure the gradient proposed can accommodate access by emergency vehicles.
- That the applicant provides cost estimates for implementing works associated with the final landscape, civil engineering, and lighting plans should be prepared and submitted to assist in finalizing a site plan agreement.
Lanny Dennis, planning consultant for the applicant, said his client had no issues about complying with the conditions.
“The owners will continue to work with the Town and the District to address their comments and certainly their interest to proceed with this project—one more infilling project to help assist with the housing shortfall,” he said.
“You can see from the elevations that the idea was to build the buildings to the lay of the land to avoid some extensive blasting. It’s a small site and I think they’ve done a good job in terms of providing a product that fits the site,” said Dennis, adding that the landscape and lighting plans were revised, “all to show internal connectivity and connectivity throughout.”
The planning committee unanimously approved the applications without further comment. Their recommendation will be forwarded to Huntsville council for ratification.
You can find staff’s full report here (pdf).
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