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City’s plan for south end growth attracts 10 appeals

Appeals come from nine developers with property in the area, as well as the Township of Puslinch

Planned growth in the city’s south end may be stalled for years to come. 

Ten appeals have been filed regarding the recently approved Clair-Maltby secondary plan, mostly by developers who own property there, seeking to overturn all or parts of the overarching policy document.

City clerk Stephen O’Brien confirmed the appeals are in the midst of being processed. Details of the individual appeals are not yet available and no hearing dates have been set at this time.

City council approved a secondary plan for the area in May.

The 414-hectare parcel of land at the city's southern border is slated to become predominantly residential lands, with a variety of recreational and retail/service commercial uses, along with a preserved natural heritage system including numerous parks and trails.

High-density and mixed use development is to be focused along Gordon Street, down to Maltby Road, with medium and low density as development moves away from Gordon.

The plan sets regulations regarding residential density, building heights, floor space, housing types, road requirements and transportation plans, among other things.

In addition to developer appeals, the Township of Puslinch has turned to the Ontario Land Tribunal with concerns about a perceived a lack of commitment in implementing long-term water monitoring and protecting township resident’s water source, the wording around minimum set back and landscape requirements in the urban-rural transition area, and planning comments submitted for a September 2021 public meeting not being acknowledged.


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Richard Vivian

About the Author: Richard Vivian

Richard Vivian is an award-winning journalist and longtime Guelph resident. He joined the GuelphToday team as assistant editor in 2020, largely covering municipal matters and general assignment duties
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