Development outside Beeton settlement area on hold pending
New Tecumseth council voted last night to seal off Beeton from new
development outside its defined settlement area, pending the completion
and approval of a drainage master plan study, currently scheduled to
begin in 2019.
According to the motion, "No additional growth plans be approved
outside the current settlement
boundaries of Beeton until the drainagle master plan is completed and
approved by council."
Planning Director Bruce Hoppe told councillors the Town would use draft
plan conditions as one of the "safeguards in place" to implement
controls on development applications.
The delayed approvals process would impact the Markham based Flato
Group, which has proposals for a draft plan of subdivision and zoning
bylaw amendment to permit 157 residential units located in Beeton on
the east side of Patterson St. N, from Wright St to Lilly St. (9th
Line). The subject lands are two separate parcels covering a total lot
area of approximately 9.0 ha (22.22 acres) to which 6.4 ha (15.8 acres)
of land has been proposed for residential uses. The proposed zoning
by-law amendment would rezone the subject lands from Agricultural (A1)
and Environmental Protection (EP) Zones to a variety of Urban
Flato also owns approximately 71.9 ha (177.8 acres) of abutting
agricultural lands to the east of the subject lands with portions of
the lands proposed for a stormwater management pond. And last year,
Flato purchased a 100 acre farm property currently in production at
6416 10th Line from Ken Beattie Holdings Inc. for the purpose of
There are growing concerns in Beeton that the higher elevation Sorbara
Valleyview 577 unit residential subdivision, is adding to an already
flood prone situation in Beeton. Recently, it was determined the
developer's drainage mapping was flawed, and is under revision.
The motion will be circulated to the County, which has planning authority for official plan amendments. The County is also currently undertaking a municipal comprehensive review that includes determining new urban settlement boundaries. The process is expected to last about two years.