Ar­rested de­vel­op­ment

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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff South Glen­garry coun­cil has once again rec­om­mended to the United Coun­ties of Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry that the up­per-tier mu­nic­i­pal­ity ex­tend draft plan ap­proval for a pro­posed res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment in the town­ship for an­other year.

The United Coun­ties orig­i­nally is­sued draft plan ap­proval for the Loiselle/Lafram­broise Sub­di­vi­sion – also known as Curry Hill Es­tates – on April 28, 2010.

The per­mits draft plan ap­proval to be is­sued for a pe­riod of three years.

How­ever, the also al­lows for draft plan ap­proval ex­ten­sions to be granted sub­ject to the support of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and ap­proval from the ap­proval au­thor­ity (in this case the United Coun­ties).

Ap­proval ex­ten­sions for the pro­posed sub­di­vi­sion – lo­cated east of Curry Hill on the south side of County Road 2 – have been granted ev­ery year since April 28, 2013 when the ini­tial ap­proval ex­pired.

“We don’t see any move­ment on this sub­di­vi­sion,” Joanne Ha­ley, the town­ship’s gen­eral man­ager of com­mu­nity ser­vices, re­ported at a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing. “But if we don’t support this, and the in­di­vid­ual chooses to de­velop, they’re start­ing from scratch all over again, and the dol­lars that they’ve in­vested in cre­at­ing that draft plan, the engi­neer­ing stud­ies, the sur­vey, ev­ery­thing goes back to square one.

“I think it’s im­por­tant to con­tinue to support this be­cause it doesn’t cost the mu­nic­i­pal­ity any­thing, and you’re rec­og­niz­ing the in­vest­ment that’s been made by that in­di­vid­ual to keep that sta­tus in place.”

Mrs. Ha­ley added that a mu­nic­i­pal project that’s cur­rently un­der­way could be a cat­a­lyst to jump­start the long-dor­mant project.

“There are some dif­fi­cul­ties with this sub­di­vi­sion, in terms of where the flood plain is...Maybe with our new up­dated flood plain map­ping, that project gets com­pleted, and we’ll see some pos­i­tive re­sults in that area,” she said.

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