The town of Bracebridge is set to consider new plans for a significant residential development just off Woodward Street.
In 2020 Town councillors turned down plans for 49 row dwelling units in seven separate buildings on the north side of Birch Street, which is located off Woodward Street.
Now an applicant has submitted a revised proposal for 36 row dwelling units in six separate buildings on the subject lands.
In original propsoal was met with strong opinions on both sides. Some 20 people wrote the Town in opposition to the project saying it was far too dense for the residential area where it was planned and could result in traffic congestion and damage to the environment, among other things.
On the other side of the argument, 20 additional letters were received in support of the project and the developer collected some 300 signatures in support, citing the shortage of affordable housing in the area.
That original zoning amendment proposal was denied by Council and Council’s decision was subsequently appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, now the Ontario Land Tribunal. In its decision, council ruled the plan does not conform to the Town of Bracebridge Official Plan
The newly revised plan will be up for consideration on Wednesday evening at 6 pm during the Town’s planning and development committee meeting.
When a revised proposal is received for a matter under appeal at the Ontario Land Tribunal, Town Council must provide direction to the Town’s solicitor on whether to facilitate a settlement of the appeal based on the revised proposal or to reject the proposal and defend the Town’s position on the matter.
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