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.