Cobourg Council had a meeting on Tuesday to get public input on an application for site plan approval by Vandyk – West Park Village Ltd. for their property adjacent to Canadian Tire and between Elgin West and Carlisle. The project for 62 Townhomes and 10 semi-detached homes started in 2014 but died after getting site plan approval – which has now expired. But in the spring of 2018, Council gave pre-servicing approval (see link below) to construct the underground infrastructure and rough grading on the site and this has now been 90% completed. Homes were sold and it looked like the project was going ahead. But now VanDyk is back seeking a fresh site plan approval with the original design. But as Councillor Chorley pointed out, there is now a different Council. Surprise! VanDyk has no intention of going ahead with building the 72 homes themselves – instead they would pass the project to “a reputable builder”.
In the meantime, local residents are concerned with a traffic issue. The development has only one exit and that’s to Carlisle Street although it does have provision for emergency access by emergency vehicles onto Elgin. But Elgin is a County road and they will not approve this being extended to regular traffic. Nearby residents say that the traffic from these 72 residences would be too much for Carlisle – contradicting reports by traffic engineers. One citizen said that maybe 25 homes would be OK.
The development also includes a commercial strip plaza on Elgin but this would have only right-in and right-out access to Elgin. Canadian Tire have also said they will not allow access for the housing development traffic onto their road which exits to Elgin.
Deputy Mayor expressed a concern: given the history of the project, what guarantee is there that this project will ever happen?
Four local residents spoke in opposition to the project and none supported it.
Linda Wittenbols said she had a petition objecting to the development and everyone she asked, signed.
Jackie asked “Who’s going to be responsible for the first child or senior who gets killed?”
The implication of what was said by staff at the meeting is that it’s unlikely that the design will get changed since it originally met all requirements and nothing has changed except perhaps traffic. County and third party Traffic Engineering reports said that there were no concerns with Traffic in the development. In response to a question, Glenn McGlashon said that the Traffic reports were recent, they were submitted in June 2020.
Glenn said that he would be reviewing the concerns and bring a report back to Council.
- VanDyk moves forward with West Park Village Expansion – 8 April 2018 – describes project
- Development News – 27 February 2019 – Includes a note in the addendum from Glenn McGlashon re this property