Developer given two-year extension on draft plan of subdivision

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BROCKTON – Council approved an application from Barry’s Construction and Insulation Ltd. to extend the draft plan of subdivision that’s due to lapse.

As presented by Bruce County planner Monica Walker-Bolton, the draft plan of subdivision was first approved in 1991, with a series of extensions in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2020 and 2021.

The company is in the midst of a major revision and zoning bylaw amendment for the development, which cannot be completed before date the current draft plan lapses, Sept. 12, 2022. Approval for the extension would give the developer until Sept. 12, 2024.

Coun. Kym Hutcheon said, “We have extended (the draft plan of subdivision) many times, and I don’t want to extend it more than one year.”

Clerk Fiona Hamilton explained that the strip of land where the townhouses are proposed is part of the municipality’s Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) application, which is “out of the applicant’s control.” The two years may not be needed but would provide “a bit of extra buffer time.”

Both the applicant and Brockton were still awaiting the response to the MZO application as of press time.

The applicant, Stuart Doyle, said, “We’re finally there and looking forward to getting going.” But he does need the extra time, depending on the planning process, and the MZO.

Mayor Chris Peabody commented, “It’s great plans are moving ahead.”

A later staff report on the matter also recommended waiving payment of $10,000 that had been stipulated in the previous payment extension agreement.

Monthly stats show building applications down

The value of building permits for July is considerably less than it has been for the previous several months - $804,700, compared to $3,642,400 for June and between $4 and almost $7 million for the months between January and May.

July 2021 showed project value of $5,160,000.

The July 2022 figures would seem to indicate a cooling trend in construction after the recent hike in interest rates.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times