Initial consideration for Port Williams development
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
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.