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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Developments Before Planning Committee

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Saugeen Shores Planning committee has received applications for new developments.

Two new proposed subdivisions that would result in 45 single housing units, and a motel operation that wants to convert to permanent apartments.
These are three items that were before the Saugeen Shores Planning Committee (OCT 16) that Mayor Mike Smith says is an indication of how popular the municipality has become as a place to live.
Although the applications are just in the discussion stage, Mayor Smith believes it's not just the lure of the planned Bruce Power extension of life project.
He says he knows of people that live in the municipality three days a week and work in larger urban centres the rest of the week.
Smith suggests people are looking for investments in housing to carry them through the future.
In one case, Saugeen Shores resident Brad Pryde, through Mystic Cove Developments, has plans for a 30 unit single dwelling residential subdivison.
It would be located along Concession 10, near Miramichi Bay Road.
The other application comes from Donald and William Leslie who want to build 15 single dwellings in Southampton near Shore Road and Oak Street, just off County Road 13.
Resident Brian Cleaver addressed the committee on the Leslie application on several fronts.
For example, he is concerned that the development would result in increased traffic flow that the current roads in the neighbourhood, could not handle.
He says, "Our roads are adequate at the moment but with more increased traffic, the more likelihood of congestion, the more likelihood of accidents."
Land use planning consultant for the developers, Ron Davidson doesn't believe 15 dwellings are going to increase traffic all that much.
However in both applications, "Nothing is insurmountable in addressing neighbour's concerns."
Besides the two subdivision applications, owners of the Cedar Court Motel on Huron Street in Southampton, want to convert the motel into apartment dwelling units.
Currently the motel building has 18-suites and the plan is to create 11 apartments.
All 3 applications were presented to the Planning Committee as information only.
Decisions on the applications will be made after hearing from staff and the public in future meetings.

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