County approves draft plan for Seaglass development
Elgin County council approved the draft plan of Wastell Homes’ Seaglass subdivision in Port Stanley at Tuesday’s meeting.
The controversial subdivision will add 146 single detached homes and four apartment buildings with 360 units to the lakeside village.
A petition signed by about 300 people who oppose the development on George Street was submitted to council along with opposition letters by newly elected Central Elgin councillor Colleen Row and Janet Kennedy, past president of the Port Stanley Village Association.
Sally Martyn, deputy mayor of Central Elgin, was the lone vote against approving the draft plan. Seven councillors voted to approve the subdivision and one abstained.
Martyn told council she initially approved the subdivision at the municipal level with the thought that affordable housing units would be included in a sixstorey apartment building.
“If not, I said I would not support it. I would only support four-storey apartment buildings because I think six storeys is quite a change,” Martyn said.
The company plans to build three six-storey highrises and one four-story highrise.
Steve Evans, manager of planning, told council that affordable housing has “several meanings.”
“Affordable in relation to the regional market area means the price in which housing is selling in the Elgin County area,” he said.
Evans said he thought the issue of affordable housing was not brought up to the planning department because apartments are thought to be affordable compared to single detached homes.
Martyn said she was concerned Wastell would turn the apartment units into condominiums, and considering the units overlook Kettle Creek golf course, they would be at a premium price and not affordable.
Central Elgin Mayor David Marr told council the concerns about traffic were eased by a secondary traffic study that concluded nothing needs to be done to the roads to prepare for the development.
“This is a nine-phase development. This is not like 146 homes and 360 apartment units are going to be built tomorrow,” Marr said.
Evans said in an interview there are a number of conditions Wastell must meet in the draft plan before it can start construction.
Members of the public have 20 days from receiving notice of council’s decision to file an appeal with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.
If there are no appeals, the developer would have to fulfil all of the conditions of the draft plan approval, Evans said.
“They have up to three years to complete all those conditions.”
This is a nine-phase development. This is not like 146 homes and 360 apartment units are going to be built tomorrow.”
David Marr, Central Elgin Mayor
Elgin County council approved the draft plan for the Seaglass subdivision in Port Stanley. Wastell Homes plans to build 146 single detached homes and four apartment buildings with 360 units on George Street.