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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:04 pm 
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Sorry, I posted this originally in the wrong section as a question for Colin Best, but it's an interesting one for Ward 7 and 2 candidates in particular and others.

Is the town currently doing anything to seek out potential developers that specialize in higher density mixed use buildings to purchase current properties in the areas identified for intensification inside and outside the current urban growth center? For those candidates running, what do you think the town should do, if anything, to encourage developers with high density/mixed use building experience (Tridel, Kneff are ones that come to mind) to purchase properties that have been earmarked as potential areas for intensification? Do you agree with the areas identified in the Infill/Intensification Report?

Right now I know of two properties for sale - Bob's Auto off Commercial which is inside the urban growth center, and the now vacant GM dealership property at Derry and Hwy 25. The second is clearly identified in the intensification plan as an area with alot of potential for increased residential/mixed use densification and with the property for sale, a perfect opportunity to act one would think. Another is 70 and 90 Bronte Rd - side by side properties for sale as one parcel with a fair bit of land.


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Hi Freemantrailfamily

Thanks for the questions.
Yes the Town has been dealing with builders regarding the intensification plan as a number of builders from throughout Ontario are seeing Milton as an opportunity for a number of projects.

The Town received some excellent bids for both the Milton Arts & Entertainment Centre and Sports Centre expansion from well known GTA builders even coming in 15% BELOW and approximately $5 million less than the estimated budget for the sports centre expansion.

Regarding Bob's Auto on Commercial street, that area is in the flood plain area of the Halton Region Conservation Authority (see attached zoning map) and has little opportunity to intensify due to the provincial regulations on flood plains which Milton council and staff have been working with downtown landowners to change to allow more retail and office uses.

http://www.milton.ca/plandev/zoning/Zon ... _North.pdf

http://www.milton.ca/plandev/op_maps/Sch_c_opa.pdf

The striped areas and dark green area along the creek valley is the flood plain area which has a number of restrictions. The area between the black lines on the Central Business District map is the flood plain area as well.

Regarding the Richardson's property at the south-east corner of Derry and Ontario Street I understand there has been several builders looking at the property and working with Town and Regional planning and servicing staff to make an appropriate application for the property. The official plan recognized the whole intersection as a Secondary Mixed use node for retail/office and residential area (see attached)

http://www.milton.ca/plandev/op_maps/Sch_b_opa.pdf

As the co-chair of the Milton Economic Development Advisory Committee (MEDAC for short) along with Councillor Scherer I have been encouraging local builders to examine these sites with town and regional staff to make better use of suitable properties instead of further urban area expansions.

There will be more staff reports and recommendations on these issues as Milton council deals with the intensification report and the new official plan over the next few months.

Check www.milton.ca under upcoming reports for more information on these and other issues council will be dealing with.

Colin Best
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Milton/Halton
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Thanks for the reply Colin. I didn't realize Bob's Auto was on the floodplain. That's definitely a challenge.

Glad to see there's activity going on with the town/region on existing properties in the identified areas to attract suitable builders.


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Hi folks,

What do you mean by "intensification" ?!
Are you referring to a high storey residential/office bldg
on the south east corner of Ontario & Derry ? (the old GM dealership)
I understand that Mattamy now owns this land but they are planning to sell it ?!!

There are a couple hundred new residential homes being built by Mattamy & Conservatory Group
in that area (starting at Holly, south of Derry)
My home will back onto the ravine & green space & many of us paid high lot premiums.
I'm sure the residences in this area will have objections to a high storey condo development.

Colin, will residences be advised & able to participate when this proposal goes forward ? When might that be ?!

Thanks,

s


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Hi sbd

Thanks for the concern. Unfortunately for Mr. Richardson who owns the property and attended the meeting last night he has NOT SOLD the property to anyone.

The property is designated Secondary mixed use node under the official plan and has a number of possible uses. It is current zoned FD Future Development (see attached zoning map top centre of map)

http://www.milton.ca/plandev/zoning/Zon ... _South.pdf

The property would have to be totally rezoned for any new use which requires at least two public meetings for the initial and technical report where the public can comment as well as the posting of signs on the property and notification to all property owners within 120 metres of the lot lines. At the present rate of applications it may take 1-2 years for all approvals and servicing.

The property does not have full water and waste water servicing to support any large development and would also require a servicing and financing agreement with the Region which is also a public process.

The intensification report which is posted on the Town website under intensification deals with the Provincial Places to Grow requirement for 5600 new residential units or about 15,000+ people within the current pre 2003 urban area mostly along Main St. around the GO station.

Any new buildings would also have to meet planning guidelines not to block the view from any other residential areas on a 30-45 degree plane from those properties which is subject to another report coming to Council in June.

Here is the main map of possible intensification areas from page 64 of the report.

http://www.milton.ca/plandev/zoning/Zon ... _South.pdf

The consultants recommend the following height for the main infill areas.

http://www.milton.ca/plandev/zoning/Zon ... _South.pdf

Councillors and members of the public raised some concerns on last night which the planning staff will be reviewing and making their final recommendations in June.

The majority of the infill properties doe not have sufficient water and waste water capacity and the consultant estimates the cost for servicing to be over $ 276 million to service this area and may take about 10-15 years before all the proposed area is developed.

I will be posting more information on this and other issues which you can also see on the town website by typing in upcoming reports at the site search icon to see what staff is planning on presenting to council and committees for future meetings.

Colin Best
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Milton/Halton
Vice-Chair
Milton Administration & Planning Committee

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colin b. wrote:

The property would have to be totally rezoned for any new use which requires at least two public meetings for the initial and technical report where the public can comment as well as the posting of signs on the property and notification to all property owners within 120 metres of the lot lines. At the present rate of applications it may take 1-2 years for all approvals and servicing.

Any new buildings would also have to meet planning guidelines not to block the view from any other residential areas on a 30-45 degree plane from those properties which is subject to another report coming to Council in June.


Our house is 170 meter from proposed in intensification plan 12 storey building at this corner.
It is going to block not just any view, but the Sun.

For me four storey building in Milton is high-density. Twelve storey is copy-paste solution from ugliest city in the World which is Toronto becoming just because it is simple for planning.

It will be another public meeting on May 10th were we could express our opinion.


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colin b. wrote:
Hi sbd

Thanks for the concern. Unfortunately for Mr. Richardson who owns the property and attended the meeting last night he has NOT SOLD the property to anyone.

The property is designated Secondary mixed use node under the official plan and has a number of possible uses. It is current zoned FD Future Development (see attached zoning map top centre of map)

http://www.milton.ca/plandev/zoning/Zon ... _South.pdf

The property would have to be totally rezoned for any new use which requires at least two public meetings for the initial and technical report where the public can comment as well as the posting of signs on the property and notification to all property owners within 120 metres of the lot lines. At the present rate of applications it may take 1-2 years for all approvals and servicing.

The property does not have full water and waste water servicing to support any large development and would also require a servicing and financing agreement with the Region which is also a public process.

The intensification report which is posted on the Town website under intensification deals with the Provincial Places to Grow requirement for 5600 new residential units or about 15,000+ people within the current pre 2003 urban area mostly along Main St. around the GO station.

Any new buildings would also have to meet planning guidelines not to block the view from any other residential areas on a 30-45 degree plane from those properties which is subject to another report coming to Council in June.

Here is the main map of possible intensification areas from page 64 of the report.

http://www.milton.ca/plandev/zoning/Zon ... _South.pdf

The consultants recommend the following height for the main infill areas.

http://www.milton.ca/plandev/zoning/Zon ... _South.pdf

Councillors and members of the public raised some concerns on last night which the planning staff will be reviewing and making their final recommendations in June.

The majority of the infill properties doe not have sufficient water and waste water capacity and the consultant estimates the cost for servicing to be over $ 276 million to service this area and may take about 10-15 years before all the proposed area is developed.

I will be posting more information on this and other issues which you can also see on the town website by typing in upcoming reports at the site search icon to see what staff is planning on presenting to council and committees for future meetings.

Colin Best
Local & regional councillor
Milton/Halton
Vice-Chair
Milton Administration & Planning Committee


Hi Colin & All,

This is a very old thread & I just wanted to revisit this discussion.
Any updates on the SE corner of Hwy 25 & Derry Rd property ?!
I am hearing rumours of a 10+ storey condo development :shock: :!:

Thanks in advance,
s


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sbd wrote:

Hi Colin & All,

This is a very old thread & I just wanted to revisit this discussion.
Any updates on the SE corner of Hwy 25 & Derry Rd property ?!
I am hearing rumours of a 10+ storey condo development :shock: :!:

Thanks is advance,
s


OMG! Please no more than 4 stories in town. That is so ugly.


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