The Developer has appealed the Town’s restrictions and the “no snout house” bylaw – an OMB Hearing is scheduled for June 14 – 22, 2017.
KKRPA has been granted “Party Status” and will represent your interests and concerns at the hearing.
WHAT IS THE TRIDON DEVELOPMENT?
Tridon Group Ltd. is a property developer that has submitted a plan to build a residential subdivision on a 55 hectare parcel of land fronting Glendon Drive, west of Jeffries Road (the “Don Black Lands”) that includes:
- 457 single detached homes (on lots with frontages ranging from 12m to 15m with the majority being 13m and 14m.)
- 91 street townhouse dwellings
- 3 blocks for residential uses
- 2 commercial blocks
- a school site
- park area
- public roads & multi-use trails
Source: Tridon Group Ltd. Press Release July 21, 2016
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THEIR DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION?
Tridon has applied to the Ontario Municipal Board for relief from a number of the municipality’s by-laws. A hearing is set for June 2017, with a second pre-hearing will take place in March 2017.
An initial pre-hearing took place in November, where KKRPA sought and was granted standing at the OMB to represent your concerns about the development. We have retained legal counsel and engaged a number of experts to prepare our concerns.
We hope to be able to find agreement with the developer prior to the March 2017 pre-hearing, and avoid the cost and inconvenience of an OMB hearing in June.
WHAT DO WE WANT?
KKRPA is not opposed to development in general. We are also not opposed to residential development on the Don Black Lands specifically. These lands have long been zoned for residential development and KKRPA is not trying to change this fact.
What we want is a better plan for the subdivision Tridon wants to build.
KKRPA fully supports responsible development that adheres to the Town of Middlesex Centre’s by-laws and zoning regulations and that maintains the existing character of or our community.
For example, we have supported another residential subdivision being built in Komoka, by a different developer, immediately adjacent to the Don Black Lands, along the Thames River. That developer has not requested any by-law or zoning changes for its “Edgewater” development, has consulted with members of the local community, and incorporated our suggestions into their plan. They are designing a subdivision that is consistent with the existing character of our community.
We oppose the numerous by-law changes requested by Tridon Ltd. for its Don Black Lands development. The Komoka we all love, the community we chose to raise our families in, has been built in accordance with those by-laws. Other developers don’t have a problem abiding by them. Why can’t Tridon? Why should Tridon get special permission to disregard our by-laws and to build a subdivision that is radically different from our existing community?
We specifically take issue with Tridon’s plans for traffic management and parking.
Traffic Management. KKRPA has retained a traffic specialist who has identified a number of issues with the layout, traffic capacity and flow of traffic in Tridon’s proposed subdivision. Tridon has eliminated a collector road from its previous plan which will cause a spillover of vehicles onto other streets as they try to access Glendon Drive. This will create traffic chaos in the development and increase traffic on existing residential roads feeding into the new subdivision.
Traffic congestion on Glendon Drive itself is not a concern, as the municipality is expected to expand the roadway to 4 or 5 lanes beginning next year.
Parking. Tridon is seeking to change the by-law that defines the minimum setback distance between the roadway and houses, and to locate the garages on the front of house, closest to the roadway. This will reduce the length of the driveways such that it will not be possible to park a pickup truck sized vehicle on the driveway between the house and the sidewalk. The narrow lot sizes mean the majority of the frontage will be taken up by driveway – leaving very little room, between adjacent driveways, along the curb for street parking. This lack of parking will create a challenge for the community.