A proposed development in Douglastown-Black Creek has residents and some councilors concerned.
“There are a lot of assumptions and questions that we need to answer,” Ward 6 Coun. Ann-Marie Noyes said after hearing from residents and developers of Spring Creek Estates, a proposed mid-density development for an 8.67-hectare parcel of land sandwiched between the Queen Elizabeth Way off-ramp, Black Creek and Netherby Roads.
The development, proposed by Mitch William and Michael Colosimo (Capital Contracting) would feature a mix of detached and semi-detached houses, street-side townhouses and a combination of a four-storey apartment building and stacked townhouses for a total of 225 units.
The developers are requesting several amendments to the city’s official plan and zoning by-law to accommodate the development.
The issue was discussed by council after a public meeting on the proposal on May 31.
Adding more homes to the area, which has already had problems with sewage backing up during heavy rains, was something Noye found particularly concerning, given that councilors are awaiting reports from staff that are causing disruptions. problems and more.
“We are expecting a sewage capacity report and a sewage backup report,” Noyes said.
Ward 5 County. Don Lubberts noted that the city only completed a secondary plan for the Black Creek-Douglastown area just six years ago in 2016 and that owners should have known what could and could not enter the site. before deciding to buy the plot in 2019. .
He said the number of changes requested by the proponents was not acceptable, adding that he could not support the report on the proposal, even if it was only considered for information.
“I think they need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a whole new plan,” he said.
Meanwhile, worried residents also spoke out at a public meeting.
One was Greg Hunter, who was a member of the secondary plan focus group that helped shape the 2016 document.
He had many concerns, including increased traffic, which will be compounded by placing the densest part of the project in the middle, as opposed to the city-mandated perimeter.
“Residents will therefore have to drive into the neighborhood, which will cause traffic volume issues,” he said.
He added that the figures from a traffic study carried out by the developer do not add up in his mind like the assumption that each house would only have one vehicle.
He decided to do his own unscientific investigation, walking down his street and counting the number of houses and the number of cars in the driveway.
“There were an average of 1.84 vehicles per house,” he said. “You can basically double down on everything that’s said in the study.”
Another resident, Adam McIver, expressed concern about the lack of green space.
“Where are people supposed to go to play, walk the dogs or whatever,” he said. “I don’t understand the benefits to the city and I certainly don’t understand the benefits to the community.”
In the end, Noyes moved a motion to have the matter postponed to give staff time to communicate their concerns to the promoters and resolve them. The question will come back to the board at its July 18 meeting.