It appears as though township council will work with a corporation looking to secure two small pieces of municipal property to proceed with commercial development on Highway 12 outside of Beaverton.
At Monday’s (March 25) meeting of the administration committee, local politicians discussed a letter from a consultant representing Beaverton Commons Inc. to assist with developing a portion of the land it owns on the west side of the highway, north of Beaver Avenue.
“These lands include the former rail line. The proposal would see these lands developed as an extension of the existing commercial uses immediately to the south. In order to create a regular development parcel, our clients wish to acquire the sight triangles which were associated with the former rail crossing,” it reads.
Members of council passed a motion directing staff to start the sale process, which will an appraisal of the property, a public meeting and the passage of a bylaw declaring the land surplus to the needs of the municipality.
That process could take as long as six months, CAO Thom Gettinby told members of council.
“There’s value in these parcels. They’re not table scraps,” he said.
Regional Councillor Ted Smith asked whether Township staff were aware of what businesses were being considered.
“There’s lot of rumours going around,” he said.
Noting that the Township has not received an application, Gettinby responded by saying the development would likely be similar to that found in the south end of Uxbridge, mentioning Canadian Tire and a restaurant as possible options.
“Again, we don’t know anything specifically,” he said.
Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden said she was unsure of the plans in a recent interview.
“We haven’t seen anything concrete yet. I feel they are just getting their ducks in a row and we will see movement this year,” she said, noting that a few rumours have been circulating.
“It’s all speculation until we see the paperwork.”
While the motion to start the sale process was approved, Ward 4 Councillor Cria Pettingill noted she had some reservations regarding the impact that such a development would have on shops in the downtown core.
“These lands were purposely designated for development in 2006,” Gettinby replied.