The planned development at the West End of University Avenue is described as affordable rental units. But all units are also accessible – and activist Jerry Ford was at the Public meeting on Monday expressing full support. The presentation by WND Associates described the 4 story building with reference to how it generally met the requirements of the County’s Official Plan and the Town’s Official Plan but rezoning is required to allow the proposed apartment building. The land is currently occupied by a former lumber business, an empty house and a house used partly for business purposes at 387 William Street. The intent is to leave the William street property as is but demolish the rest and build a new 4 storey 71 unit apartment building with 14 affordable units.
Because of the number of items to be covered, the developer hired a “suite of consultants” who have basically answered most of the questions asked by the Town’s Planning Department. The layout is as shown in the plan below – note that there are a total of 80 parking spaces for the 71 units. Some are underground and some above grade. There will be two driveway entrances – the one on William street will be right turn in and right turn out only.
But when it came to asking if there were any citizen supporters, Jerry Ford came forward and said that this development will have a direct impact on the quality of life for people disabled like him and is critical for the County. He said that he heartily endorsed the proposal.
There was one significant objection and it was by R. W. Bruynson (Architect – Consulting Engineer) on behalf of Joshani Homes who was concerned with “the planned components along the common property line between 377 William Street and 387 William Street”. Joshani Homes is planning to build 4 semi-detached dwellings and 10 townhouse units on the vacant land at 377 William Street and wanted changes to trees and the fence along the boundary between 377 and 387 William Street. Cobourg’s Manager of Planning, Rob Franklin, said that this is a “technical issue” and would be resolved with the Site Plan. He promised to assist with getting the engineers from the two developments talking to each other.
In the following Council meeting, the proposal was approved and staff will now prepare the necessary re-zoning by-law.
- Council Acts on Affordable Housing – 1 April 2019 – initial request to council for support
- Full Agenda Package of Public Meeting – 2 July 2019 – download from Town Portal