Statement from Councillor Terry MacLeod

Statement from Councillor Terry MacLeod Regarding Housing Project
Posted on 08/26/2021
The following is a statement from City Councillor Terry MacLeod, Chair of the Standing Committee on Planning and Heritage, on recent permit applications for the first phase of the Sherwood Crossing property on the corner of Mount Edward Road and Towers Road.

“As the Chair of Planning and Heritage, I would like to keep the public informed about this property development on the corner of Mount Edward Road and Towers Road PID#390534, PID#390559, and PID#390542. Council previously approved an overall Development Concept Plan for this almost 15-acre property. The City’s Zoning & Development Bylaw requires the developer to seek Council’s approval for each phase of the development to ensure it is consistent with the approved Development Concept Plan.

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, a Public Meeting was scheduled to discuss proposed changes to the architectural design of three townhouse dwellings previously approved in principle on this property. Shortly before the Public Meeting was set to begin, the property developer withdrew their application.

The developer subsequently reapplied for only foundation and footing plans for three townhouse dwellings on the property. During a Special Meeting of Council, held on Wednesday, August 26, 2021, the foundation and footing permits were reviewed by Council with a resolution authorizing staff to proceed to issue building permits for the foundations only. As a part of this approval, Council indicated that no further development is permitted to occur on this property beyond the foundations until the architectural plans have been resubmitted and approved by Council.

Another architectural design application for the rest of the construction of the buildings is anticipated and will be subject to review and approval by Planning Board and Council before Phase Two is approved and any other phased building or development permits are issued for the three proposed buildings on the property.

The Planning Department will ensure that each subsequent phase of the application will proceed through the usual planning process. Depending upon on the degree of consistency of the final architectural plans, the plans may also be subject to a Public Meeting to ensure that the public has the opportunity to provide feedback and comments.”