Erin townhouse development one-step closer to reality following zoning approval

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ERIN – A stacked townhouse development proposed for Main Street in Erin is closer to fruition after a zoning bylaw was approved by council.

The Kensington Square development is at the site of the former Erin Public School and consists of 70 townhouse units on two and half acres.

Planning consultant Angela Sciberras said the development would consist of 54 stacked units and 16 ground level units fronting on Main Street. She said units will range from 1,500 to 1,800 sq. ft.

The development was originally planned to be built in two phases. The first phase would use a communal septic system which would be decommissioned once the wastewater plant is in place and then the second phase would go forward.

Sciberras said based on comments from the public, the developer will eliminate the phasing and build once the wastewater system is in place.

Residents at previous public meetings and online have expressed concern over this level of density but the number of units proposed remains the same as in summer 2020.

Coun. Michael Robins raised this point and asked how the average square footage of a unit compares to similar ones in the GTA.

Sciberras replied these units are fairly generous in comparison to similar units which she figured would typically be around 1,000 sq. ft.

Part of the zoning changes would permit home businesses for the 16 units fronting on Main Street.

Coun. Rob Smith said he could see a parking problem arise as there are 19 visitor spots which could get used up by those visiting the businesses.

Coun. John Brennan added that any employees would quickly fill these spots and suggested more parking be considered.

Sciberras clarified these units would not be retail spaces but professional offices that wouldn’t necessarily have many visitors driving in. She also said she didn’t believe live-work provisions would permit an outside employee under typical condominium rules.

Overall, she said this development is in line with provincial and municipal growth plans for intensification.

The application will still be subject to a future site plan control which will provide a more comprehensive review of the development.

Erin council unanimously approved the changes to zoning.

Keegan Kozolanka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, GuelphToday.com