Public invited to comment on subdivision plan for Penetang

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An official planning meeting Wednesday is an opportunity for Penetang residents to voice their views about a proposed subdivision for Robert Street East.

The agenda published online gives details of the application submitted for the development on the 2.9-acre triangular piece of land that will feature 33 townhomes, 22 of which will be available for freehold purchase and the remaining will become part of the town's rental inventory. The subdivision will also include about a quarter acre of open space.

The property backs onto Burke Street and has Lecarron Avenue on the west. The application by the developer also includes a rezoning request to change the current designation of deferred development to residential third density, residential fourth density, and open space.

The developer has submitted various supporting documents, including archeological property assessment and species at risk assessment, and will look for council approval after staff brings back a report, which will incorporate public feedback received at and after the meeting.

The public session begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the committee of the whole meeting, which features a presentation by York University faculty member and the executive director for the Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe.

José Etcheverry, professor at York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies, is presenting to council a Climate Change Solutions Park (CSP) plan to be implemented in Penetanguishene. The new gardens project plans on using the existing Penetanguishene Ecology Garden, also known as the Karma Project.

"We need to showcase the best solutions to ensure as many people as possible know how to solve the crisis," says the presentation submitted as part of the agenda.

A staff report later in the agenda says, "The CSP will have art, inspirational displays and new learning-by-doing training opportunities carefully curated to showcase how to solve the climate emergency. The Park would provide a physical and online space to develop research networks focused on key climate solutions such as renewable energy, electric mobility, precision agriculture and leadership training."

At the end of the report, staff have put forward various options, backing the recommendation that council endorse an agreement with the university to use the designated portion of the Ecology Garden for developing a CSP.

The meeting can be viewed on Rogers TV or streamed online.

Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, OrilliaMatters.com