One of the largest residential and commercial developments proposed for Stayner in years moved a step forward last Monday night.
Clearview Township council approved an Official Plan amendment and a subdivision draft plan for the Dancor project, located on the eastern edge of Stayner on the north side of Highway 26.
Council approved the Official Plan amendment and subdivision draft plan – before the municipality since June 2006 – after receiving a recommendation to do so from township planner Jim Uram.
Voting against granting approval to the amendment and the subdivision draft plan was Councillor John Crispo and Councillor Thom Paterson, who both questioned whether the township had dealt with all of the issues in connection with the development.
Deputy Mayor Alicia Savage thanked Dancor officials for being patient with the municipality while it reviewed the project, noting the subdivision draft plan contains several changes to what was initially presented.
The approvals granted by Clearview will allow Dancor to build a total of 998 dwelling units on its 72-hectare site. There will be 615 detached units, 64 semi-detached units, 115 townhouse units and 204 apartment units.
The project includes 7.13 hectares of commercial lands designed for future mixed commercial and residential functions.
While council dealt with the Official Plan amendment and subdivision draft plan last week, the project still must clear several other approvals.
The Official Plan amendment is now contingent upon approval from the County of Simcoe.
In his report to council, Uram also said the project will need a zoning bylaw amendment, subdivision agreements, site plan approvals and so forth from Clearview.
The matter of sewer servicing for the site must also be determined still. The sewer plant in Stayner can’t accommodate the project and so municipal officials are looking at running a pipe to the sewer treatment facility in Wasaga Beach. The cost of that measure and others connected with the site, such as street lighting, will be the responsibility of Dancor – with funds for the work collected by the municipality through development charges.
The Official Plan amendment and the subdivision draft plan approved by Clearview contain several changes and stipulations that Dancor must adhere to when going ahead.
For example, a stipulation in the subdivision draft plan requires Dancor to develop an architectural control plan.
Another stipulation in the subdivision draft plan requires Dancor to conduct an archaeological assessment of the property – which for many years has been farmland.
In connection with the archaeological assessment, Clearview states in its draft plan approval conditions that: “Any impact on identified resources shall be mitigated, through preservation or resource removal and documentation. No demolition, grading or other soil disturbances shall take place on the subject property prior to the municipality and the Ministry of Culture confirming that all archaeological resource concerns have met licensing and resource conservation requirements.”
Dancor has five years to meet the conditions attached to its subdivision draft plan, including the completion of various reports, such as a traffic impact study and an environmental site assessment.
Sean Ford, a representative for Dancor, was at council’s meeting last Monday night.
He told The Stayner Sun afterwards he is happy with council’s decision.
Ford said Dancor will now focus on meeting all of the project conditions required by Clearview.
“We’d like to start building houses in two years,” he said.
Ford added that once construction does start, the project will take some time to finish.
“We’re probably looking at a 10-year build out,” he said.
Mayor Ken Ferguson said Thursday he is glad to see the Dancor project moving ahead.
“Clearview, to me, needs development and so I think this is a good thing,” he said.