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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Major Development in Walkerton

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

JDR development project will see former school property turned to 75 homes

A lot of building activity will be taking place in Walkerton over the next few years, involving the JDR Development project.

In three to four years time the former Brant Central School property will have 75 new homes on it.

Developer Don Tremble says it will be a mixed development project of bungalows, two stories and story and half homes 

This includes 45 single family dwellings and 30 semi detached homes.

Council recently approved a zoning amendment request to increase the maximum lot coverage from 30% coverage to 40% coverage.

Planning Consultant Ron Davidson says this little extra will make big a difference as home owners want bigger homes.

He says the 10 percent increase in coverage will be in the depth not the width of the homes, which should eliminate any concern over curbside appeal.

Of the 75 homes that will be built, about 35% will be bungalows, something he says there is a strong demand for.

Bungalows however take up a bigger footprint than single story and two story homes.

This development project has been in the works for two years now, the shovel hit the ground in 2018 and five homes have been completed so far.

Tremble expects to have another 20 to 25 homes built this year, with all 75 homes complete within three to four years time.

Brockton currently has the smallest maximum lot coverage provision for detached, semi detached and fully detached serviced lots in all of Bruce County, making it the most restrictive lot coverage in the County.

Tremble is very pleased Council saw fit to approve a zoning by-law amendment to increase the lot coverage from 30 to 40 percent for his project.

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