Commercial development on Highway 12 could include two retail stores, three restaurants

A major commercial development on Highway 12 outside of Beaverton could include a pair of large retail stores as well as three restaurants.

Planning consultant Bob Clark gave members of township council an overview of the proposal from Armour Heights Development during a public meeting on zoning Monday (Aug. 10) night.

The commercial component would effectively serve as the first phase of the development and only involves the property fronting Highway 12 (with access from Beaver Avenue).

Clark noted that a concept for future development includes housing for seniors.

“There is a proposal for some long-term care and retirement facilities,” he said.

Clark noted that a “great deal of effort” had been undertaken to ensure the validity of the project, which will utilize a well and septic system until municipal services are extended to the area.

Tanya Grela was the lone resident to comment during the meeting, asking what measures the developer would be taking to protect environmentally sensitive lands in the area.

Clark noted that a “substantial portion” of the 55-hectare property will remain a natural heritage area while lands along the Beaver River will be “naturalized and protected.”

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