Council supports Granton condominium development

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LUCAN BIDDULPH – A proposed 26-lot condominium development for Granton received the support of Lucan Biddulph council at the September 21 regular meeting.

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As previously reported, the subdivision, called Granton Estates, will be located at the west end of the village north of Fallon Drive on 3.94 acres of land. A public meeting was held on August 10 to discuss the project, during which members of the public asked questions, provided comments and expressed concerns.

Planner Dan FitzGerald’s report last week responded to those comments, which included concerns such as the potential loss of privacy for current King Street residents, the capacity of stormwater and sanitary sewer systems, stormwater management flows, the potential loss of Granton’s small-town character, and more.

At last week’s meeting, council accepted FitzGerald’s recommendation that a resolution be passed in support of the project’s draft condominium plan, with conditions, and that the rezoning be approved. The next step for the applicant is county approval for the draft condominium plan.

The zoning by-law will change the zoning from “First Density Residential” to a site-specific “First Density Residential Exceptional Conservation Zone” to accommodate the proposed 26 vacant land condominium units. Further, FitzGerald noted in its report: “As requested by the applicant, the area would allow for reduced land areas, reduced frontage requirements, increased maximum land cover, reduced exterior side yards, reduced rear yards, would introduce a minimum landscaping requirement and add a maximum parking/driveway coverage requirement.

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The project includes a common amenities block consisting of visitor parking, a private road and an amenities area.

FitzGerald said staff are generally confident the development is in line with the Provincial Policy Statement and the official plans of Middlesex and Lucan Biddulph.

Com. Jaden Hodgins thanked FitzGerald, his staff and the claimant for responding to public concerns about the project.

Deputy Mayor Dave Manders agreed.

“You did a great job addressing concerns,” Manders said. “I think this is a great development for the Granton community.”

In a motion, council supported the draft condominium plan with conditions and approved the zoning by-law.

Other Board Notes:

Lucan Irish dressing room improvements

On the recommendation of Director of Parks and Recreation, Paul Smith, the council asked staff to draft a letter of agreement and coordinate with the Lucan Irish Hockey Team to allow the club to refurbish their changing room at Lucan Community Memorial Center.

The Irish recently made a presentation to the board about their plans to renovate and relaunch their locker room at an estimated cost of $50,000 which the club will bear. Plans include upgrading the locker room, expanding it by removing a non load-bearing wall, updating restrooms and showers, adding a toilet and clothes dryer, adding space for coaches and a meeting room for the players and the board of directors in the existing office space and the creation of space for the storage of equipment.

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Smith said in his report to the board last week that the team’s plans to invest in the space are a positive development. He said the rooms will remain the property of the municipality and that the letter of agreement “along with structural assessments and permits will be submitted to the township before any work begins.”

Smith noted that there was no impact on the municipality’s budget, as the Irish are funding the project.

Request for financing

Council accepted staff’s recommendation to seek a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for improvements to Granton Centennial Park Ball Diamond, including lighting and fencing.

In his report, Smith said the park is “underutilized as it is not well lit in the evening and the playability on the field with the shorter outfield and low fence make it unattractive for youth teams adults and seniors.

Smith said outdoor recreation has increased in Lucan Biddulph and baseball fields are in demand.

He said new LED lighting was needed at the Granton ballpark.

The municipality is asking Trillium for funding of $240,000 for lighting and $30,000 for fencing.

Sale of land

Council has accepted the offer from high bidders Wayne Parry and Thomas Schofield to purchase 1.39 acres of the industrial park at 1010 Heenan Court for a purchase price of $175,000. They will build four commercial rental units on the land.

The municipality received five bids for the property, ranging from the highest accepted bid to a lowest bid of $15,101.

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National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Council passed a motion from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario recognizing September 30 as the “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation”, also known as “Orange Shirt Day”.

As CEO Ron Reymer said in his report, “This day provides all Canadians with an opportunity to honor First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors, and their families and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains a priority. essential component of the reconciliation process.

Although the day is not a statutory holiday in Ontario, the motion states that “Council for the Municipality of Lucan Biddulph hereby undertakes to recognize September 30, 2021 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Day Orange Shirt National) to share the stories of residential school survivors, their families and communities.

Reymer said staff will be encouraged to wear orange on Sept. 30 and the municipality will reach out to Indigenous neighbors for education. Lucan Biddulph also plans to promote awareness, reconciliation and healing on his social media platforms.

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