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'We really need this development going': Minto council gets antsy with subdivision draft plans

Next step for the draft is consideration by county council
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Minto council discusses the revised draft plan for a subdivision MEX Development Inc. is developing at Tuesday's meeting.

MINTO - Council may be getting anxious as a long-time Harriston subdivision project keeps getting delayed due to draft plan revisions. 

At council’s meeting on Tuesday, Jessica Rahim, senior planner for the County of Wellington, presented the most recent draft plan of the subdivision project.

“The developers have reduced the number of single detached units from 66 to 57; the number of semi-detached units has been increased from 22 to 30,” listed Rahim, noting the number of townhouses has come down to 39 from 40, along with some lot width increases and an added walkway.

The proposal now includes 126 total units.

“If council is in support of the proposed draft of the subdivision, a recommendation should be passed and forwarded to the County of Wellington,” said Rahim. 

Township council was in support of the revision plans but some councillors want to see the project started as soon as possible, noting the initial application was submitted back in February of 2020. 

Deputy Mayor Dave Turton said he supports the project but the process has been going on for a very long time. 

“Subdivision applications do usually take longer than our standard zoning amendment applications or minor variance applications,” said Rahim. 

“We have been working back and forth with the developers and planning consultants. It’s just a lot of formal processes that still need to happen, which makes it hard for us to give an exact timeline.”

Terry Kuipers, director of building and planning services, notes the developers are working on the final design and technical documents. They definitely will be shovelling the ground in the spring next year, he said.

“We’re doing the best we can to make this happen because we really need this development going. There’s a housing shortage right now, so we need to move it along as fast as we can,” said Mayor George Bridge.