There are three new residential developments coming to Cobourg, one new commercial development and more details are being provided on a previously planned commercial development. One notification was at the Council meeting on June 28 and four will be at the Committee of the Whole meeting on July 19. The three residential developments require public meetings and must be approved (or not) in 120 days or the applicant could refer the matter to the Ontario Land Tribunal (previously the OMB). The two commercial developments have 30 days and no public meetings – so we can expect a fairly quick response. One of the applications includes a large, five storey apartment building with 86 units and these could be condos or for rent although if they are condos some owners would likely rent them out. Overall it looks like there will be a whole lot of new homes even without Town subsidies.
New Residential Developments
See the links below to download copies of the Planning Department’s memos to Council plus the Site Plans. But first, here are summaries.
357 – 361 Elgin West – adjacent to YMCA on one side and James Cockburn Park on the other.
Plans include one 5 storey apartment building with 86 units – my calculation is that units will average less than 800 sq. ft. per unit – and 16 2 storey Townhouses at about double that size. A common access road will connect with Elgin. Some of the property is actually in the Cobourg Creek flood plain but these areas will only be used for parking. The GRCA has been consulted on the design to make sure there are not any concerns.
This property (actually a group of 3 parcels – 357, 359 and 361 Elgin) was approved for development some years ago for a different owner – let’s hope the new owner finishes the project.
Council is expected to refer this to the Planning Department for a report and to schedule a Public Meeting.
440-448 Elgin West – on the north side of Elgin opposite Fellowship Baptist Church.
The developer is planning 24 Townhouses in four groups and four different designs. My calculations suggest units of around 1800 – 1900 sq. ft. including a garage. The houses will be accessed via a crescent road with two accesses to Elgin. It looks like these will be for sale, not rent. Council is expected to refer this project to the Planning Department for a report and to schedule a Public Meeting.
New Amherst Stage 2, Phase 3. On the West side of New Amherst Blvd. From just south of the Clock Tower to Kerr Street.
I counted 147 lots but although it’s a draft plan of subdivision, there was no indication yet of what kind of housing there would be – townhomes, detached or semi-detached. But it looks like New Amherst is not yet finished. This area includes the proposed school for Catholic French speaking students which was discussed in March 2018. Go here and also here but that’s managed separately. Council is expected to refer this project to the Planning Department for a report and to schedule a Public Meeting.
New/updated Commercial Developments
New Plaza 1025 Elgin West – that’s directly north of Staples and adjacent to A & W. Similar to the one currently under construction and nearing completion, it will have five stores including one with a drive-through restaurant capability. The site plan (in links below) provides more detail. Council is expected to refer this project to the Planning Department for a report.
Planned Supermarket at 545 King St. East, south-east corner of Willmott. This has been talked about since 2007 and now the developer is asking Council to approve a development agreement. He wants to proceed in three phases.
Phase one would include two small buildings – a restaurant right on the corner and a 9000 sq. ft. retail building with room for 5 stores a bit further south. The restaurant would as usual have a drive-through capability.
Phase Two would expand the retail building by another 9000 sq. ft. and provide more parking spaces.
Phase Three would build the 35,000 sq. ft. Supermarket at the East end of the property. (That’s slightly bigger than the new Foodland/Sobeys on Division). The site plan in links below provides more detail.
There is no indication of the time frame for any of the phases.
Download key documents provided by Planning.
- 357 – 361 Elgin West – 86 Apartments and 16 Townhouses
- 440-448 Elgin West – 24 Townhouses
- New Amherst Stage 2, Phase 3 – approx. 147 houses
- New Plaza 1025 Elgin West – near A & W on Mall property
- Planned Supermarket at 545 King St. East – update
When scheduled and made public, Public Meetings are listed here.