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Development outside Beeton settlement area on hold pending drainage study

Posted January 30, 2018

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 Residential-Exception Zones.

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 developing it.

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.

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by Tony Veltri