Beaverton residents expressed few concerns with a 103-home subdivision planned for the village.
About 50 people turned out for a public meeting on the proposal Monday (March 5) night at the Beaverton Thorah Community Centre with a handful taking the floor to raise issues surrounding drainage, infrastructure, privacy and the strain that development has on municipal services.
If approved by the Township and the Region, the homes will be built on a vacant 20-acre parcel of land south of Maplewood Avenue and west of Nine Mile Road.
The development will feature two entrances with lot frontages ranging from 41- to 53-feet.
While developer Ron Fisico is leaning towards building two-storey homes, he told residents that market demand will likely dictate design.
“We don’t know what people want yet,” he said.
“I’ll build both. If people want two-storey homes, I’ll build two-storey homes. If they want bungelows, I’ll build bungelows.”
Details on phasing are also yet to be determined.
“We haven’t gotten that far yet,” said James Koutsovitis of Gatzios Planning and Development Consultants.
He told residents that environmental impact and archeological studies have been completed thus far and the company is prepared to undertake hydrogeological studies, if required, to measure the development’s impact on drainage patterns in the area.
Though that seemed to set the minds of some at ease, others questioned whether the ongoing development boom is going to have an adverse affect on life in the village.
Longtime resident Carol Coker noted that between this proposal and the Marydel development, which is currently under construction, Beaverton’s population could grow by as much as 38 percent in the next few years.
That type of growth is “bound to affect services,” she said.
“We’re also going to have 200 more cars going down Nine Mile Road – an area populated by seniors,” she continued.
As chair of the planning committee, Regional Councillor Ted Smith assured those in attendance that there’s adequate infrastructure in place to support the development.
“Beaverton has lots of water and sewer capacity…There’s a new school being planned in Beaverton. There’s a great fire department in Beaverton. The DRPS is available when we need them and sometimes when we don’t want them,” Coun. Smith said.
Two other speakers – Dorothy Sanderson and Bernie McGinty – echoed Coker’s sentiments.
“One hundred and three new houses. These people are going to need doctors,” McGinty said.
Coun. Smith, who also happens to serve as chair of the Brock Community Health Centre,
“It’s always a challenge to recruit doctors to a rural area,” he said.