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Value Centre
Value Centre
Concept drawing from 2012 of proposed Value Centres on west side of Cty Rd 10, between Hwy 89 and MacKenzie Pioneer Road (unopened), currently before the OMB.

OMB mediation session cancelled for appeal into shopping plaza

Posted January 28, 2014

A mediation assessment scheduled for last week between the proponents of the Value Centres plaza (Cty Rd 10 and Hwy 89), New Tecumseth, and the OMB, was cancelled due to weather, with no rescheduled date.

Value Centres (Morgan Piersanti, also owns Foodland/Home Hardware plaza in Tottenham) has appealed the Town's refusal to approve its Site Plan Application to the OMB for "non-decision" and in a separate filing, against the Committee of Adjustment for rejecting a minor variance.

Mr. Piersanti is seeking relief to reduce minimum required front, rear and exterior side yards and permit two additional uses within the holding zone. The proposed development would add 24,317 square metres of gross floor space and be built-out in three phases. Its uses include a retail, restaurants, financial and a supermarket. However, general retail uses which would "harm" the downtown core, or financial/banking institutions, are not permitted currently.

The original proposal was part of the OMB hearing that also approved the nearby SmartCentres plaza, anchored by Walmart, that established maximum total gross floor area of all buildings which are not to exceed a total of 15,000 sq. m (160,500 sq. ft); The maximum total gross floor area devoted to supermarket use shall be 4,275 sq m (45,742 sq. ft) prior to 2014 and 5,205 sq m (55,693 sq. ft) on or after 2014; and The maximum total gross floor area devoted to convenience retail store use shall be 275 sq. m (2,942 sq ft). Additionally, they were to contribute $33,000 to the BIA, which remains outstanding.

In refusing to approve the Site Plan Application, the Town's position is that three key pieces of information remain outstanding including: Approval of an urban design guideline; the execution of a site plan agreement/and or development agreement; and the provision of an archaeological assessment. The MTO is also a hurdle as the developmer would prefer to have direct access from Hwy 89.

The development also requires construction of a sanitary pumping station whose details related to flows and outlets has yet to be addressed. Additionally, the NVCA also notes for their purposes "there were outstanding items related to the Site Plan Application" and recommended deferral.

New Tecumseth is coming off a loss at the OMB to Nottawasaga River Estates, whose plans to build 160 residential units was upheld by the provincial tribunal.

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