The Town of Fort Erie has received an application to develop a residential subdivision on the property south of Dominion Road between Basset Avenue and Bardol Avenue / Buttonwood Drive. The application would permit a range of residential uses including:
- 66 single detached lots
- 61 street townhouse dwellings
- 1 condo (10-stories) with 110 dwelling units
The Town and Developer hosted two joint Open Houses on December 5 and January 23. During the second Open House in January, the Developer presented a revised development plan based on the feedback provided by the participants. The revised plan included:
- Increased size of environmental protection block
- Decreased number of single detached and townhouse dwellings
- Increased lot sizes
- New parking area on Lakeshore Road
On February 5, Town Council hosted a public meeting. The public meeting included presentations from
- Town Staff (presentation)
- Upper Canada Consultants (presentation)
- People in favour of the development
- Presentations from people against the development
The Public Meeting ended at 10:50 p.m.
On Monday, February 12, Town Council will review an information report provided by Town Staff regarding details of the proposed application for Habourtown Village. Town Council will have the opportunity to receive the report for information purposes. No decision on the application will be made. A recommendation report will be presented to Council in the future.
Will the proposed development plan include Waverly Beach Park?
No. The proposed development plan does not include Waverly Beach Park. The plan includes lands that are adjacent to Waverly Beach Park.
What will happen to the lands adjacent to Waverly Beach Park?
The plan includes a proposal to create an area of public open space that is 2.84 hectares (or 7 acres) adjacent to Waverly Beach Park. The lands adjacent to Waverly Beach Park would be changed from private ownership to public; therefore, legalizing access to the existing trails and protecting 80 per cent of the old growth forest.
What about parking?
The development plan includes a new public parking lot along Lakeshore Road.
Which lands are currently public property and which are private property?
The friendship trail is public property. The informal trails through the woodlot are located on private property. The developer intends to transfer the lands, where the majority of the trails have been formed, to a public agency to ensure the public can continue to enjoy them for years to come.
What about the natural environment?
The Developer conducted an environmental impact study, which included recommendations such as mitigation measures which will be implemented through the development process. Some of the mitigation measures include:
- Woodlot enhancement
- Preparation of a tree preservation plan
- Enhancing the stormwater management facility
- Appropriate sedimentation and erosion control measures
What types of conditions will be considered for the 10-storey condo building? Birdsafe technology will be included in the architectural design to ensure the building meets Birdsafe best practices. These best practices include glazing or lighting, decorative architectural designs, creating visual markers, etc. The detailed design of the proposed building and its adherence to best practices will be reviewed by Town Staff prior to final approval.
What about the historical heritage of the area?
As part of the application, the developer submitted a Stage 1 and 2 Archaeological Assessment. During this assessment, areas were identified that required additional study. The results were submitted to the Ministry of Tourism and Sport (MTCS). A Stage 3 and 4 Archaeological Assessment has been ordered on the property and will be submitted to the Ministry of Culture once complete. The development cannot proceed until all of the archaeological work is complete and cleared by the MTCS.
Can we just leave the land alone? Why do we need to add another subdivision?
The lands are located within the urban boundary and are designated urban residential in the Town of Fort Erie Official Plan. In addition, the lands are designated as Greenfield according to the Growth Plan and the Niagara Region Official Plan. Greenfield lands are meant for residential growth within the region. Therefore, Provincial, Regional and Town Planning documents contemplate the use of this property for residential housing. The lands are in private ownership.