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Guelph/Eramosa Council Approves Site Plan for Eight-Unit Building in Rockwood

By April 5, 2022April 15th, 2022Site plan

ROCKWOOD – Guelph/Eramosa Council has approved a site plan application for an eight-unit building in Rockwood.

At Monday’s meeting, council approved in principle the site plan application for an eight-unit apartment building at 150 Alma Street. Council has also delegated final approval of the plans, drawings and site plan agreement to Township General Manager Ian Roger.

The proposed site consists of an eight-unit apartment building with a height of 11 meters with 14 parking spaces, including two visitor parking spaces and two accessible parking spaces.

“The intent of the site plan application that has been submitted is to basically redevelop the site by removing the single family home and constructing an eight-unit apartment building that will be two and a half stories tall,” said Meagan Ferris, county director of planning and environment.

Ferris noted that the proposal complies with applicable zoning regulations and standards, including lot size, frontage, setbacks, landscaping and parking requirements.

“This application has been thoroughly reviewed with internal and external commenting agencies. The proposal, in terms of the use itself, is permitted in the county official plan and an apartment building is a permitted use on this property. It also complies with all required provisions of the bylaw,” Ferris explained.

“At this time all review agencies are generally supportive of this request and the overall site plan itself, there are only minor tweaks that are required before final approval.”

The application was reviewed by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO); Grand River Conservation Authority; Gas Union; emergency services and firefighters; the township’s consulting engineer, RJ Burnside; and the head of the building department.

Ferris further noted that there were no objections to the application and that all necessary MTO permits and building permits had been obtained.

The council was happy with the request, as the development is only two and a half stories high and would suit the aesthetics of the township.

“It ticks all the boxes in terms of immediate relief. The fact that they already have MTO approval is no small feat. It adds eight more units to Rockwood and I think that’s a good thing. Housing is a serious problem everywhere. This small path contributes to the lack of housing,” the councilor said. Marc Bouwmeester.

The rest of the council echoed Bouwmeester’s remarks about the housing crisis and thought the building would help fill the township’s housing shortage.

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