Mrs. Teno explains that she is not against development in the Town. She would like the development to be respectful and compatible with the neighbourhood, and enhance the surrounding area. She is opposed to Briday's proposal.
Mrs. Teno has hired a planner, Tom Storey, to commission a planning report for Council's review. She notes the concerns outlined in the report. She comments that the County and the Tecumseh Official Plan both require new development to be similar to a surrounding area in scale and density. The development must be consistent in these areas.
She refers to a 2015 Planning Report on housing authored by the Manager Planning Services regarding intensification. Mrs. Teno comments that Briday's proposal fails to include any of the recommendations in the report.
The scale and density of the proposed development is raised. She did a walking survey of the neighbourhood and 97% of the homes were single-family detached houses. Briday is proposing 100% attached townhomes. The density in the neighbourhood is reviewed. She notes the proposed development is 240% greater than the surrounding neighbourhood. The proposed development is not similar in scale or density.
Carmelita Court development is raised for comparison. Mrs. Teno notes that through completing a walking survey that this area is 100% single storey semi-detached houses. She likes the precedence of this development for scale and density. If this precedent was applied to the Briday proposal, then only 34 units not 63 units would be developed, as well as, a significant majority of the units would be single storey. She further comments that it is fair that residents could live with 34 units mostly single storey.
Mrs. Teno states this development is not compatible with the neighbourhood. The proposed development fronts an arterial road. She disputes that Dillon Drive and Little River Boulevard are local roads not collector roads.
Mrs. Teno expresses the development does not match the neighbourhood. The three-storey walk-up has no backyard or green space for people on the upper floors. This development will harm the neighbourhood's personality, beauty and character.
The Mayor requests that Mrs. Teno's speaking notes be submitted to the Clerk.