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Clair Road West development proposal gets new look

Development application first came to council in 2015
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Guelph City Hall file photo. Kenneth Armstrong/GuelphToday

A developer is taking a second run at developing a large parcel of land on Clair Road West.

The ownership group had initially tried to move ahead with plans for a 14-acre lot at 132 Clair Rd. W. (just east of the Emergency Services Centre) in 2015.

That application did not include any residential development to go with commercial uses fronting Poppy Drive and a corporate business park sandwiched between Poppy Drive and Clair Road. The second application does include a residential element in the form of stacked townhouses and apartments.

The developer has submitted a draft plan of subdivision and zoning bylaw amendment with the city and on June 11 the proposal comes back to the planning meeting of City Council for a second public meeting.

After the initial application in 2015 the developer, city and agencies tried to work out concerns with the application. The applicant eventually appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board because of a non-decision by the city.

“Although these applications are currently under appeal, this second public meeting is being held to present revisions and seek input. This input will inform the ongoing appeal process and any future staff/Council considerations of these applications,” says a staff report.

“The applicant is proposing to subdivide the lands into: a large corporate business park block, a commercial block fronting Poppy Drive, two future development blocks and a stormwater management block,” says the report.

Anyone wishing to speak at the planning meeting should contact the city clerk’s office at City Hall before June 8.