Stalwood Homes is currently building and selling homes in the East end at Brook Road north of King Street and south of the railway tracks. This is now at Phase 3 (of 4) of East Village. They own the land to the East of that and have now submitted an application for approval of a draft plan of subdivision for 333 housing units in that area which will be called East Village Phase 5. This will require rezoning and an Official Plan amendment for the part of that area where a high density apartment block is proposed. Because of that, a public meeting was held on Monday, June 24 to allow the public to provide input. The Planning and Development Advisory committee had already endorsed the Planning department’s approval but a representative of the consultants gave a detailed description of the project.
The number of units and types planned are shown in this table. Their location is shown in the map below (click to enlarge).
|% Site Area
|Apartment Block (5 storey)
East Village Phase 5
The Official plan allows no more than 4 storeys. The developer told the planning department that they are “investigating the potential for the development of a seniors/assisted living rental apartment complex on the high density block.” Glenn also says: “my opinion (is) that the development is well-positioned to offer a wide range of choice in the housing market at a number of different price-points, including those that are affordable.” The 10-plex units will be 3 storey units like the ones currently being built in Phases 1 to 4 and described in this article: Condos in the East End of Cobourg. According to the developer, they would be priced at about $50k less than the market level in Cobourg but not cheap enough to be categorized as “affordable” by CMHC. They would include some accessible ground floor units and some rental units.
With the Apartments and 10-plex units, the overall density of the development would be 55 persons per hectare compared to a Provincial requirement of 35 per hectare.
When asked about future developments, Director of Planning Glenn McGlashon mentioned the likely addition of a supermarket at the southeast corner of Willmott and King, the possible addition of traffic lights at Willmott and King (when warranted) and the very long term (decades) continuation of Wilmott as an arterial road crossing the Railway line – probably with an overpass. This Phase 5 of the East Villages is not expected to break ground for a few years – building of the apartments would be at the end, probably 5-10 years away. In response to a question, it seems that the nearby Mervin Greer public school has enough capacity to service the new sub-division.
When fully developed, the number of people living here is estimated to be 660.
Being a meeting to get public input, Virginia McLaughlin, a resident of nearby Fitzhugh Lane spoke about a range of issues ranging from water run-off to the need for high density downtown and not at the East End of Cobourg. Her husband (Peter) also spoke, generally in support of her points.
As a result, Councillor Nicole Beatty wanted the Planning department to report back on her issues before any decisions were made. Councillor Emily Chorley wanted advisory committees to be consulted about sustainability and accessibility despite the comment by Glenn McGlashon that there are few specifics so this would be premature.
There was discussion about the need to move forward according to deadlines or there would be some risk of an appeal and council would lose control of the planning. But in the end, it was agreed that referring to advisory committees, reporting on her concerns and doing preliminary work on Official plan and Re-zoning changes could all be done before the Council meetings on August 12 (combined COW and regular meetings).