Public meeting Monday for proposed harbour front condo building in Meaford

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A meeting is scheduled at Meaford Hall Monday to receive information from the public on a proposed five-storey 160-unit residential development near the inner harbour.

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Advancecorp Developments are requesting an official plan amendment and a zoning bylaw amendment, both necessary to move forward with the proposed condo building.

Members of the public are able to provide written comments or speak at the public meeting, either in-person or remotely via Zoom. Those wishing to speak in-person or remotely must register in advance with the town’s planning services by noon on May 16 by emailing or calling 519-538-1060 ext. 1120.

The meeting is being streamed live via the municipality’s YouTube channel.

Dubbed the Georgian Bay Harbour Development by Advancecorp Developments, the proposed structure would stand 15.5 metres from the established grade with approximately 3,606 square metres of floor area and includes two levels of underground parking.

The proposed development is located at the corner of Bayfield and Trowbridge Streets where a restaurant currently operates.

In a slide deck submitted with the municipality’s meeting’s agenda, the company shares drawings of other developments in London, Wasaga Beach, and the 150-unit Georgian Bay Terrace at Legion Road in Meaford currently at the site-plan review stage of development.

Advancecorp says the five-storey condo is “luxury living geared to end-users”. Digital drawings included in the slide deck show a large black-and-tan building with wood accents and glass-panelled balcony railings.

Proposed amenities include a swimming pool, gym, restaurant and party room.

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Reports and studies listed in the slide deck by Advancecorp include archeology, geotechnical, storm-water management, functional services, flood plain report, heritage impact assessment and a planning justification report. Those reports and studies are available on the Municipality of Meaford’s planning and development website.

The company is requesting changes to the municipality’s land-use permissions the facilitate the proposed development.

The subject lands are currently designated Downtown Core Commercial and Environmental Protection, and subject to a Two-Zone Flood Policy Area.

The proposed amendment to the municipality’s official plan proposes to add a site-specific exception policy to the property to allow the development of the five-storey condo building with certain limitations to address the Two-Zone Flood Policy Area.

The exception would permit an apartment building as a stand-alone use in addition to the other uses permitted in the C1 Zone (downtown commercial). Site-specific development standards have been requested, including a reduced front yard of three metres, a maximum height of 15.5-metres, and specific provisions relating to elevations of openings, measurement of height, deeming of lot lines, and parking stall and driveway standards.

According to a floodplain conformance letter from Crozier and Associates submitted with other documents relating to the proposed development on the municipality’s planning and development website, Meaford established a two-zone floodplain area for the inner harbour in 2014 during the official plan review process. The final report, also completed by Crozier, concluded that development could occur within the Meaford inner harbour properties identified in the study, including the subject property.

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“Based on the modelling results, development on these properties will not result in adverse upstream or downstream impacts,” the letter says.

The study also establishes a necessary floodproofing elevation.

In its preliminary grading plan, property lines, a pedestrian entrance and building grades have been set at or above the necessary flood-proofing elevation “therefore, the proposed development will be above the Big Head River floodplain elevation and adequately floodproofed based on the recommendation outlined in the Two-Zone Flood Study”.

The proposed driveway to the underground parking is located on the west end of the proposed development. The Trowbridge Street East elevations at this point along with the proposed driveway elevations are above the floodproofing elevation. As such, access from the driveway and Trowbridge Street East to Sykes Street North will not be inundated by floodwaters, the Crozier letter reads.

Future development at the site is also subject to site plan approval. A future application to the County of Grey to create a condominium on the property may also be required, the municipality’s notice of meeting said.

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