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Large subdivision proposed for Harriston gets no opposition

The development is proposed to have over 100 mixed single, semi and townhouse units
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The public notice sign posted at the site of a proposed mixed density residential subdivision in Harriston. Keegan Kozolanka/GuelphToday

HARRISTON – The Town of Minto held a public meeting to discuss a proposed subdivision on the southern edge of Harriston with over 100 units. 

The development is proposed to be mixed density with 66 singles, 22 semi-detached units and 40 townhouse units.

The subdivision by Mex Developments Inc. will have two entrances, one on Elora Street South and the other on John Street South.

It includes a small park and a large area for stormwater management. 

Michelle Innocente, senior planner with the County of Wellington, said the parkland, which represents 1.6 per cent of the area, does not meet the planning act’s requirement for 5 per cent.

Innocente advised council that they could take cash in lieu of parkland, a mixture of cash and the parkland or ask the developer to achieve the 5 per cent.

Deputy mayor David Turton noted that there was no opposition and hoped this was because the developers had been talking with neighbours near and who will back onto the subdivision.

A representative from Mex Developments confirmed they had active communication with the surrounding community.

Mayor George Bridge commended the planners on a well laid out development particularly the density. He said he hoped the price of some units can be attainable for first-time buyers.

“I’m hopeful the price point can come in where we can get affordable housing,” Bridge said. “It’s certainly needed in Harriston.”