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A proposal to build 164 single family homes attached to an existing subdivision in the Daniele Avenue neighbourhood in Beeton is scheduled for an Ontario Municipal Board prehearing Nov. 9, beginning at 10:30 am, at the New Tecumseth Station 1 Fire Hall in Alliston.
Alex Troop and his Alliance Homes launched an appeal to the OMB because New Tecumseth council did not make a decision for draft plan approval in the time prescribed as part of the municipal planning approvals process.
One source familiar with the situation told Free Press Online that "what (Alliance Homes) is building is phase two of a subdivision that was built a long time ago - access isn't good. The Town doesn't like where the park is, there's some environmentally protected land stuff like that. He doesn't like what the Town wants him to do etc. (...) It will really increase traffic past some houses."
Alliance Homes has dubbed its proposed subdivision as West County, "and represents seven years of planning that started in 2003 with the approval of the Beeton Secondary Plan," according Mr. Troop in a letter posted on his web site. "The proposal includes provision for over 53 acres of ponds and greenbelt abutting Beeton Creek and parkland (...). In my opinion, this open space system would be unique in New Tecumseth and would make the Village of Beeton the most desirable community in South Simcoe County."
The subject site is officially described as Part of Lots 8 and 9 Conc. 9 covering an area of 35.68 or 88 acres - of that the 164 new homes will be built 13 units per hectare. Beeton Creek runs through the property on the west side and across the north while the site itself is bounded by Lilly Street to the north, and Main Street to the south.
Eric Chandler, New Tecumseth's Manager of Planning, told Free Press Online in an email that Alliance Homes submitted an original subdivision plan in May 2009 "with several siginificant revisions submitted to the Town thereafter, the most recent in June 2010 just prior to the appeal and following a public meeting in May 2010. The latter submission has since been circulated to agencies/departments for comment."
One of the obstacles that can't be removed at this time is the municipal election campaign, and the fact New Tecumseth council doesn't have a scheduled committee meeting until after a new group has been sworn in Dec. 1.
"At this time," added Mr. Chandler, "we are working towards concluding on an acceptable subdivision design based on the June submission."
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