New plan for sub­di­vi­sion of­fer­ing 30m set­back

The Peterborough Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - JOELLE KOVACH EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER

A pro­posed west-end sub­di­vi­sion plan that city coun­cil re­jected over con­cerns that it could harm a nearby wet­land has been re­designed, said a plan­ner work­ing for the de­vel­oper – now the plan shows a stormwa­ter pond set back 30 me­tres from the Log­ger­head Marsh, rather than 15 me­tres.

Plans for the Bat­ten-White sub­di­vi­sion have been turned down twice by coun­cil – once in 2015, and again in 2016 (af­ter the de­vel­oper worked with city staff to change the plans sub­stan­tially).

Now the de­vel­oper, Mur­ray Daven­port, is ap­peal­ing to the On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board (OMB). The OMB hear­ing started on Wed­nes­day at City Hall and is ex­pected to end Sept. 21.

Ron David­son is a plan­ner work­ing for Daven­port. Both were called to tes­tify on Thurs­day.

In an in­ter­view, David­son said part of the Bat­ten-White sub­di­vi­sion plan has been re­designed to place a stormwa­ter pond fur­ther from the Log­ger­head Marsh (which is a provin­cially sig­nif­i­cant wet­land).

That’s a rel­a­tively new des­ig­na­tion: the Log­ger­head Marsh had been deemed lo­cally sig­nif­i­cant up un­til July 2016, when the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Forestry up­graded its sta­tus to provin­cially sig­nif­i­cant.

David­son said that new sta­tus means a lot to Oton­abee Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity (ORCA), the agency that ad­vises the city on en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion mat­ters.

ORCA was OK with a 15 m set­back when the Log­ger­head Marsh was clas­si­fied as lo­cally-sig­nif­i­cant, David­son said. But the mo­ment it was deemed provin­cially sig­nif­i­cant, he said ORCA wanted a 30 m set­back.

So the de­vel­oper has re­sponded with a fresh plan.

“We’re say­ing, OK, 30 m is fine,” David­son said.

The sub­di­vi­sion is pro­posed to be built on 49 acres of va­cant land off Parkhill Rd., east of Brealey Dr.

One of Daven­port’s early plans called for 200 houses on over­sized lots.

It was not rec­om­mended for ap­proval from the city’s plan­ners, and coun­cil­lors re­jected that plan; they didn’t like that there was no mix of hous­ing types, and they were con­cerned about po­ten­tial harm to the wet­land.

Daven­port’s 2016 re­design called for houses, town­houses and condos. The re­vi­sion also changed the placement of a sewer, mov­ing it fur­ther from a creek that feeds Log­ger­head Marsh (it was 20 m from the creek, rather than 15 m).

This time, the city’s plan­ners rec­om­mended the sub­di­vi­sion to coun­cil.

But neigh­bours still had con­cerns about the po­ten­tial harm to the marsh, and so did coun­cil­lors. Ap­proval for the plan lost on a tie vote.

Mean­while two cit­i­zens still say the Log­ger­head Marsh needs strong pro­tec­tion from en­croach­ing de­vel­op­ment.

Mag­gie Xenopou­los and Paul Frost are area res­i­dent and also bi­ol­ogy pro­fes­sors at Trent Univer­sity; they’re party to the hear­ing, along with the city.

On Fri­day, bi­ol­o­gist Chris Elling­wood will tes­tify for the ap­pel­lant (he’s ex­pected to be cross-ex­am­ined by Frost).

Also giv­ing tes­ti­mony on Fri­day will be Mike Daven­port, an en­gi­neer and the son of the de­vel­oper.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT/EX­AM­INER

Alan Bar­ber, the as­so­ciate city lawyer for the City of Peterborough, left, chats with Mur­ray Daven­port fol­low­ing the sec­ond day of an On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board (OMB) hear­ing Thurs­day at City Hall of Daven­port’s ap­peal of city coun­cil’s de­ci­sion on the pro­posed Bat­ten-White sub­di­vi­sion on Parkhill Road West.

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