At the regular meeting of Collingwood Council on Monday January 28th, a Staff Report was presented to provide Council with an analysis regarding a discharge of a Development Agreement from the Eden Oak (McNabb) Subdivision lands.
At the January 21st, 2019 Development and Operations Services Standing Committee concern was expressed that the requested discharge of the Development Agreement should not take place until the pending Subdivision Agreement (also now being brought forward for Council’s consideration) has been signed.
As a result, the recommendation was amended to read as follows: That Council authorizes a discharge of the Development Agreement from the subject lands (Eden Oak (McNabb) Subdivision), conditional upon the execution of the pending Subdivision Agreement.
Discussion at the Development and Operations Services Standing Committee meeting and again at the January 28th full Collingwood Council Meeting focused on the completion of a retaining wall and fencing by the developer along the northern development boundary it shares with residents of the existing Lockhart subdivision.
The northern boundary of the Eden Oak Subdivision adjacent to the existing Lockhart Subdivision is outlined in red
Following discussion from the January 21st meeting, the developer has agreed to meet a June 30th deadline to have the work completed.
Terms of the undertaking have been said to be satisfactory to Town staff and to the Town Solicitor.
Town of Collingwood Councillor Bob Madigan
“I still have concerns about this developer. I have watched them over-promise and under-deliver”
— Councillor Bob Madigan
Councillor Bob Madigan spoke to concerns he has over the almost one year delay of the construction of the fencing along the northern boundary of the Eden Oak development. That boundary separates the Eden Oak Development from residents of the Lockhart subdivision, primarily those who live along Brock Crescent.
“I still have concerns about this developer. I have watched them over-promise and under-deliver and we as the elected officials have to take the phone calls from the citizens that live there. “
Madigan said no development activity within the Town of Collingwood should negatively impact existing neighbourhood residents.
“We have a huge development that comes into town which is a fantastic thing but no proposed development should come at a cost to the neighbouring residents and this one has directly. It’s a concern of mine because it sets a precedent moving forward to the five thousand new homes that are in the pipeline coming to our community. I think we need to stand our ground on this one and hold them to the flame here to get it in writing and make it happen.”
Madigan said that it may be true that Town staff is satisfied with the results but he told council that the neighbouring residents to this new south end Collingwood housing development are not.
We have received an undertaking from the developer and the undertaking has been vetted through our solicitor
— Director, Public Works and Engineering, Brian MacDonald
Director, Public Works and Engineering for the Town of Collingwood, Brian MacDonald, said the Eden Oak Subdivision developer has agreed in writing to complete the necessary fencing and retaining wall along the development’s northern boundary by the agreed upon deadline.
“We have received an undertaking from the developer and the undertaking has been vetted through our solicitor and they are comfortable with the undertaking as committed by the developer to complete the work by June 30th. That work includes the fence and the wall and should that not occur we have securities to enter on the land and complete the work.”
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