Despite continued opposition from Brock Township council, Durham Region remains committed to building a 50-unit supportive housing complex in Beaverton.
Late last month, township council passed an interim control bylaw that would prohibit the establishment of supportive housing and modular construction for a one-year period pending a municipal study.
In bringing the bylaw forward, Ward 2 Councillor Claire Doble said the municipality had to ensure that all supportive housing projects – and their residents – are set up for success.
“This is about our future…it’s very important that we get this right,” added Ward 1 Councillor Mike Jubb.
The Region had planned to break ground on the 50-unit modular complex – essentially located between Lakeview Manor and Gillespie Gardens – early in the new year.
While the interim control bylaw cannot be appealed to the Land Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), there’s a definite possibility that it will be challenged by the Region in some form or fashion.
“COVID-19 has highlighted the urgent need for safe, affordable and suitable housing. This project is just one part of our Housing Strategy that aims to initiate 1,000 new affordable housing units in the next four years. I am confident that this project will not only make a positive impact on the 50 people we are able to house but also to the greater North Durham community by bringing much needed services to the north,” said
“We will continue to work to open the doors of our new Beaverton Supportive Housing and North Durham Support Hub by fall 2021.”
“We are disappointed that the Township of Brock is attempting to push the project timeline so that funding for the project would expire before the Region can address any legitimate concerns through the normal site plan and building permit process. We have the opportunity here to make a real difference in people’s lives in North Durham,” added Durham Region CAO Elaine Baxter-Trahair.
“The need for this type of housing in the north is immediate and we will continue to ensure that this project is fully and fairly evaluated in accordance with the applicable legislation and bylaws and is not subject to any further undue delay.”
The project is also listed among the top priorities in a presentation by Regional Chair John Henry slated for Monday’s (Dec. 14) meeting of township council.