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Developer wants to increase Everett development by 35 per cent

January 20, 2016   ·   0 Comments

By Richard Blanchard
The new owners of a development planned for the northeastern part of Everett want to increase the number of homes in the former R. & M. Homes property by 35 per cent.
Robert Shickendanz, of Far Sight Homes, which recently purchased the property, said that his company wanted to increase the number of the housing units on the property from the current 490 to 662. This would be accomplished by decreasing the average lot front from 13.3  metres to 11.5 metres.
Far Sight also proposes to eliminate all semi-detached units proposed in the R. & M. proposal, to accommodate parking for two cars in each driveway and reduce the number of small frontage units which were to have 10 metres frontage.
A connecting road between Country Road 15 and the 6th Concession would also be relocated to the north part of the development and an extensive urban trail would run through the property.
Far Sight has not begun any changes to its draft plan approval which the Ontario Municipal Board decided on for the property several years ago.
Deputy mayor Doug Little said that approval for the increase in the number of units was going to have be decided on by the Ontario Municipal Board.
“They decided on the 390 units for this parcel,” he said.
Councillor Scott Anderson said that the new proposal from Far Sight has some good features such as the provision of the two-car parking spots and the emphasis on providing a trail prominently through the development.
“I would like the size of the lots to be increased. I would like to see the number of proposed 10 metre lots reduced to 40 or 50 from the proposed 111,” he said.
The next move will be by Far Sight to request for the formal zoning amendment which is the beginning of changing the number of lots at the property. A public meeting will be held as the part of the process. And Far Sight may hold its own public meeting to gauge public reaction before the formal public meeting.
Councillor Bob Meadows failed in an effort to not hold the presentation until Far Sight officially began the planning changes with the township. His motion was defeated 5 to 2 before the delegation was to begin.

         


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