Ini­tial con­sid­er­a­tion for Port Wil­liams de­vel­op­ment

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS -

A de­vel­op­ment agree­ment is in the works be­tween Bri­son Developmen­ts and the county that could see a new sub­di­vi­sion es­tab­lished in Port Wil­liams.

Coun­cil voted to give ini­tial con­sid­er­a­tion to the de­vel­op­ment agree­ment at the Sept. 4 ses­sion.

Plan­ner Made­lyn LeMay said be­tween 121 and 193 dwelling units could be cre­ated on the sub­ject prop­erty off Collins Road. They would be a mix of gar­den suites, sin­gle, two and four unit dwellings and two apart­ment build­ings.

The apart­ment build­ings would have a max­i­mum 40 units each. There would be a min­i­mum of four dif­fer­ent struc­ture de­signs.

The agree­ment al­lows two roads com­ing into the de­vel­op­ment off Collins Road. The de­vel­oper, Mitch Bri­son, has com­mit­ted to build­ing five-foot wide trails throughout the sub­di­vi­sion and has pro­vided 21 per cent of the sub­ject prop­erty for pub­lic open space. Only 10 per cent is re­quired.

The de­vel­oper has re­quested 32 per cent max­i­mum lot cov­er­age. The min­i­mum den­sity would be four units per acre. There would be a min­i­mum 100foot buf­fer be­tween res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment and crop­land.

LeMay said a ground­wa­ter im­pact study, wa­ter and sewer in­fra­struc­ture re­port and traf­fic im­pact study have been re­ceived. Fuel stor­age tanks for any use would be pro­hib­ited, as the prop­erty is within the well field pro­tec­tion zone and the hous­ing units will fea­ture al­ter­na­tive heat­ing sources.

How­ever, the Port

Wil­liams

Area Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee and the vil­lage com­mis­sion have re­quested an amend­ment to the Port Wil­liams sec­ondary plan­ning strat­egy to make side­walks and street­lights on new roads op­tional. Coun­cil voted to amend its semi-an­nual work plan to in­clude a project to amend the sec­ondary plan­ning strat­egy on Sept. 4. The vil­lage com­mis­sion stated in a let­ter it’s un­able to af­ford the ex­pense of side­walk main­te­nance in a sub­di­vi­sion.

A to­tal of 71 acres is avail­able in the vicin­ity for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, re­zoned when the prov­ince ap­proved the sec­ondary plan­ning strat­egy in 2010. The de­vel­op­ment agree­ment re­lates to land zoned Res­i­den­tial Com­pre­hen­sive De­vel­op­ment Dis­trict. There’s a sec­ond par­cel zoned for one- and two-unit de­vel­op­ment.

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