Draft Plans of Subdivision Applications – Ontario Infrastructure and Land Corporation Seaton Community

Information Report No. 06-15
Draft Plans of Subdivision Applications SP-2015-01, SP 2015-03, SP-2015-04; SP-2015~05, SP-2015-06
Zoning By-law Amendment Applications A 2/15, A 5/15, A 8/15, A 10/15 and A 11/15
Ontario Infrastructure and Land Corporation Seaton Community

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Ontario Infrastructure and Land Corporation (OILC) has submitted five applications for the approval of draft plans of subdivision and related zoning by-law amendments. The proposals reflect the developable OILC lands in each of the Seaton Neighbourhoods. Further, all the Seaton Natural Heritage System lands throughout Seaton are included in one of the rezoning applications.

Of particular interest to Whitevale is the following application that includes the Gravel Pits, lands around the Whitevale Cemetery, and lands north and south of Whitevale Road at the east end of the village (see map above) :

Draft Plan of Subdivision SP-2015-06 and Zoning By-law Amendment A 11/15 Neighbourhoods 18 and 16

These applications represent the remnant developable parcels owned by OILC in Seaton Neighbourhood 18, Mount Pleasant and two small parcels in Neighbourhood 16, Lamoreaux (see Neighbourhood 18: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Plan, Attachment #18 and Neighbourhood 16: Lamoreaux Neighbourhood Plan, Attachment #19). The subject draft plan represents the OILC developable lands within these Neighbourhoods. The majority of developable lands in these Neighbourhoods are owned by various Seaton developers that have been rezoned and the subdivisions have been draft approved.

Property Description

  • the subject lands consisting of eight individual parcels spread across Neighbourhood 18, as well as two parcels in Neighbourhood 16
  • some of these parcels of land are small remnant pieces and others are larger developable blocks (see Location Map, Attachment #20)
  • the subject lands have a total area of approximately 41 hectares
  • the Provincially owned lands in Neighbourhood 18 are spread across the northern portion of Neighbourhood 18, and are generally adjacent to Low Density Type 1 land uses that are held by other landowners and are also adjacent to the Seaton Natural Heritage System and/or the Hamlet of Whitevale
  • the subject lands include lands designated as Low Density Area Type 1, Low Density Area Type 2, Village Green, Open Space and Hamlet Heritage Open Space
  • a Community Park, a Neighbourhood Park and two elementary schools sites are identified within the lands designated Hamlet Heritage Open Space
  • the Neighbourhood 16 lands include a block designated as a Mixed Corridor Type 2- Gateway Site, and a block for High Density Residential

Application Detail

  • the proposed draft plan of subdivision is reflective of the land use designations in Neighbourhoods 16 and 18 of the Official Plan (see Submitted Plan, Attachment #21)
  • the larger development blocks in Neighbourhood 18 are adjacent to the Hamlet of Whitevale
  • the lands that partially surround the Hamlet of Whitevale, located in the lands designated Hamlet Heritage Open Space, are intended to provide a buffer/transition between new urban development and the Hamlet, while supporting community integration
  • the Hamlet Heritage Open Space designation allows for institutional and recreational facilities, including two blocks for elementary schools, a Community Park, a Neighbourhood Park and a stormwater management pond
  • two blocks for elementary school sites are located in the northwestern and southeastern corners of the Hamlet Heritage Open Space
  • the Hamlet Heritage Open Space designation also has a Neighbourhood Park proposed south of Whitevale Road, and a Community Park north of Whitevale Road; both parks are directly adjacent to new Low Density Area neighbourhoods
  • north of the Hamlet Heritage Open Space designation, on the west side of North Road, is a residential development parcel that is proposed for 148 detached dwellings and 24 semi-detached dwellings
  • the other developable parcel in Neighbourhood 18 is on the south side of Whitevale Road, east of the Whitevale Cemetery
  • this parcel is proposed for 4 7 detached dwellings
  • an open space block is proposed on the west side of the cemetery that is designated as Cemetery
  • the two remnant developable parcels in Neighbourhood 16 are a Gateway block along Sideline 26 that is anticipated to be developed with adjacent property, and a High Density block along Taunton Road
  • see Draft Plan of Subdivision SP-2015-06 details on Attachment #22

Public Info Meeting: Draft Plans of Subdivision Applications – Ontario Infrastructure and Land Corporation Seaton Community

Information Report No. 06-15
Draft Plans of Subdivision Applications SP-2015-01, SP 2015-03, SP-2015-04; SP-2015~05, SP-2015-06
Zoning By-law Amendment Applications A 2/15, A 5/15, A 8/15, A 10/15 and A 11/15
Ontario Infrastructure and Land Corporation Seaton Community

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Planning & Development Committee Meeting Minutes Monday, October 5, 2015

A public information meeting was held under the Planning Act, for the purpose of informing the public with respect to the above-noted application.

Ross Pym, Principal Planner, Strategic Initiatives, with the aid of a power point presentation, provided an outline of Information Report 06-15. He provided an overview of the five applications for the Seaton Community, explaining the various land uses within the developable areas and along Brock Road. He noted he would be available after the meeting to answer questions. He also explained the permitted uses for the buffer area surrounding Whitevale, explaining low intensity uses such as parks and schools, with no new residential development in this area.

Emma West, planningAlliance, appeared before the Committee on behalf of Infrastructure Ontario, noting she was in attendance to receive comments from the residents.

Lloyd Thomas, 489 Whitevale Road, appeared before the Committee, providing Members with a map, outlining where the trails come down from the 407 along North Road. He indicated the Old Quarry could be a potential site for a secondary trail head. He explained the ecological sensitivity of the area where the development was proposed, and questioned a better use for this land, which is a hub for trails. He stated this would be an ideal area for a trail head, as it head north into Rouge Park. He also stated parking is already inadequate in the area. He asked that Council request the Provincial Government to place this land into the greenbelt for use as a trail head, noting the influx of residents would have access to hiking and fishing.

Rob Quig, 440 Whitevale Road, appeared before the Committee questioning what the proposed plan was for the Heritage Hamlet open space. He requested clarification on the use of a community park.

Susan Wilson, 3245 North Road, appeared before the Committee noting her concerns regarding the impact on existing wells. She questioned whether an assessment would be done to ensure water protection for existing residents with the subdivision being to the north, and subsequent recourse should they experience water problems.

Marion Thomas, 489 Whitevale Road, appeared before the Committee, noting some confusion with respect to the North Road development, questioning where exactly the development would be in proximity to the pit. She also noted concerns with respect to illegal dumping, stating the pits are a great place to walk and experience nature. She noted it was unclear where the Natural Heritage area is and where the residential and industrial development would be going, noting she would like to see a better plan. Ms. Thomas noted her support with the plan to build a trail head as well as the need for additional parking. She also stated her desire to see a car pool area in the Seaton development.

Mrs. Douglas, 3230 Mulberry Lane appeared before the Committee noting her concerns with respect to trail head issues. She stated that currently there are a number of issues with respect to noise from dirt bikes and four wheelers. She stated this should be a quiet area, and requested justification for what the usage would be for the trail heads.

Karen Hodson, 3555 Sideline 34, Green River, appeared before the Committee questioning whether the current residents would have an opportunity to upgrade to City water and sewer.

Scott Finlayson, 3185 Altona Road, Whitevale, appeared before the Committee questioning whether an environmental assessment had been done and what the next steps were.

Arzo Baig appeared before the Committee questioning the greenspace use and whether a wildlife impact study had been completed.

Jennifer Krueger, 492 Churchwin Street, Whitevale, appeared before the Committee and also questioned whether City hook ups for water and sewer would be offered, as Whitevale residents are currently on wells and septic tanks. She also questioned what would happen in the event that the current residents experience problems with their wells.

Mike Rowan, 75 Highway 7, Green River, appeared before the Committee questioning where the waste disposal site would be situated as well as traffic plans for Highway 7 as Seaton develops.

Abel Wong, 540 Whitevale Road, appeared before the Committee questioning the open space areas and noting concerns with respect to noise, safety as well as traffic. He questioned whether the traffic studies were realistic or underestimated. He also noted concerns with respect to the impact on existing wells and water pollution due to construction.

Peter Rodrigues, 750 Whitevale Road, appeared before the Committee, stating this was the time for Council to take action to protect sensitive land. He stated more precision was needed to determiDe exact boundaries and questioned the number of housing units being proposed.

Hyder Baig, 3181 Golf Club Road, Whitevale, appeared before the Committee, noting concerns with respect to the impact on underground streams with the digging around Whitevale and who would be responsible in the event their wells go dry. He also noted concerns with respect to safety, questioning whether fencing was being considered.

Nicole Brewster, 335 Whitevale Road, appeared before the Committee noting concerns for the lands being proposed for school sites, questioning what the process would be should a school not be constructed. She also noted concerns with respect to a lack of parking, noting the area is heavily used and also questioned how the open space areas would be utilized.

Emma West reappeared in response to questions raised, noting that the concerns would be discussed in more detail once all comments had been received, including agency comments such as TRCA and the Region of Durham.

A question and answer period ensued with respect to the Quarry, infrastructure for additional roads to move traffic in and out of the area on main roads such as Brock and Taunton.

Environmental Assessments for the Demolition of Heritage Structures in Seaton

City Development, Report PLN 10-15
Infrastructure Ontario
Class B Environmental Assessments for the Demolition of Structures Located in the Seaton Urban Area and the Hamlet of Whitevale

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Executive Summary:

Infrastructure Ontario is undertaking two different Class B Environmental Assessments for the demolition of buildings located on 20 properties in the Seaton Urban Area and the Hamlet of Whitevale. Infrastructure Ontario has retained environmental consultants ECOH and DST to gather background information on the properties including the heritage status of the properties.

The City retained qualified heritage consultants Christopher Borgal of Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. (GBCA) and Laurie Smith of Laurie Smith Heritage Consulting to undertake heritage assessments to evaluate the properties against the criteria of the Ontario Heritage Act and determine their cultural heritage value. The Heritage Pickering Advisory Committee was also advised of the proposed demolition of the buildings and has provided recommendations to Council. ·

Council, at the May 19, 2015 meeting, approved the recommendations within Report PLN 04-15, which dealt with nine properties included in the first Environmental Assessment. This second report, PLN 10-15, provides recommendations to Council respecting the demolition requests for the remaining 11 of the 20 properties.

Some properties are located in the Seaton Urban Area and are subject to the policies of the Central Pickering Development Plan (CPDP) and the City’s Official Plan Amendment for Seaton. Some of the properties are also located in the Hamlet of Whitevale within the Whitevale Heritage Conservation District and protected under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

The City is very concerned that the Province is allowing these buildings to fall into such a state of disrepair. A number of the buildings are valuable resources to the City and the demolition of these buildings would be a significant loss of the City heritage resources. “Demolition by neglect” is unacceptable and contrary to the Provincial Policy Statement. The City strongly recommends Infrastructure Ontario restore these buildings so that they can be used for appropriate residential, commercial or community purposes serving the City.

Recommendations:

  1. That Council in response to the Infrastructure Ontario Class B Environmental Assessments, object to the demolition of buildings located at 498 and 1050 Whitevale Road, and 17 40 Fifth Concession Road;
  2. That Council also object to the demolition of the building located at 615 Whitevale Road but not object to the demolition of the outbuilding at this location;
  3. That Council not object to the demolition of buildings located at 3490 Brock Road, 1469 Taunton Road, 170 Highway 7, 2750 Whitevale Road and 2900 Brock Road;
  4. That Council also not object to the demolition of the building located at 650 Whitevale Road and requests the Province install a commemorative plaque on the property at the proposed trail head location;
  5. That Council endorse the recommendations of the Heritage Pickering Advisory Committee to designate 498, 615 and 1050 Whitevale Road, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act; and that staff be authorized to prepare the appropriate materials and report back to Council at a future date;
  6. That Council request staff to write the school boards to determine their interest in incorporating the building located at 3280 Sideline 16 into a future school board block, and if the school boards are not interested, that Council not object to the demolition of the house located at 3280 Sideline 16.;
  7. That Council express its strong concern with the Province for its disregard of significant heritage resources in Pickering through the lack of maintenance and occupancy of such resources, in contravention of the Provincial Policy Statement, and request the Province to restore and reuse these structures and manage them in compliance with the Standards & Guidelines for Conservation of Provincial Heritage Properties;
  8. That Council request the Province to record, document and provide to the City in the form of photographs and/or measured drawings all buildings to be demolished, as well as make available exterior or interior heritage features for salvage to interested parties prior to any demolition; and
  9. Further, that a copy of this Report and Council’s Resolution be forwarded to: the Premier of Ontario; Infrastructure Ontario; the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure; the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and the Whitevale and District Residents’ Association.

Council Endorsement of Recommendations – Demolition of Structures Located in the Seaton Urban Area and the Hamlet of Whitevale

Director, City Development, Report PLN 04-15
Infrastructure Ontario
Class B Environmental Assessment for the Demolition of Structures Located in the Seaton Urban Area and the Hamlet of Whitevale

The map below identifies the properties in question:

Planning & Development Committee Meeting Minutes from Monday, May 11, 2015

A brief discussion ensued with respect to timelines for the remaining six reports still under review.

Recommendation

Moved by Councillor Pickles
Seconded by Mayor Ryan

    1. That Report PLN 04-15 of the Director, City Development, regarding the Infrastructure Ontario Class B Environmental Assessment for the demolition of buildings located in the Seaton Urban Area and the Hamlet of Whitevale be received;
    2. That Council, in response to the Infrastructure Ontario Class B Environmental Assessment object to the demolition of buildings located at 825, 1130 and 1450 Whitevale Road, 3440 Brock Road, and 2865 Sideline 16 which is designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act;

      825 Whitevale

      825 Whitevale Road

      1130 Whitevale Road

      1130 Whitevale Road

      1450 Whitevale Road

      1450 Whitevale Road

      3440 Brock Road

      3440 Brock Road

      2865 Sideline16

      2865 Sideline16

    3. That Council endorse the recommendations of the Heritage Pickering Advisory Committee to designate 825, 1130 and 1450 Whitevale Road under Part IV, of the Ontario Heritage Act; and that Staff be authorized to prepare the appropriate materials and report back to Council at a future date;
    4. That Council not object to the demolition of buildings located at 3185 Brock Road, 3540 Country Lane, 1710 Whitevale Road and 325 Hwy 7;
    5. That Council request an extension of another 120 days to the commenting deadline to allow the City to expand the Preliminary Reports to Full Heritage Assessments for the buildings located at 1050 Whitevale Road, 3280 Sideline 16, 3490 Brock Road and 1740 Fifth Concession, and to complete the Full Assessments already underway for 498 and 650 Whitevale Road;
    6. That Council express its strong dismay at the Province for its disregard of significant heritage resources in Seaton through the lack of maintenance and occupancy of such resources, in contravention of the Provincial Policy Statement, and request the Province to restore and reuse these structures;
    7. That, if the Province continues with proposed demolition of significant heritage resources, Council request the buildings be recorded in the form of photographs and/or measured drawings, the documentation of the buildings be provided to the City, and exterior or interior heritage features be made available for salvage to interested parties prior to any demolition; and
    8. Further, that a copy of this Report and Council’s Resolution be forwarded to: the Premier of Ontario; Infrastructure Ontario; the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure; the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and the Whitevale and District Residents’ Association.

Carried

 

Infrastructure Ontario: Class B EA for the Demolition of Structures in Seaton

City Development, Report PLN 4-15 Infrastructure Ontario Class B Environmental Assessments for the Demolition of Structures Located in the Seaton Urban Area and the Hamlet of Whitevale

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 Executive Summary:

498WhitevaleInfrastructure Ontario (IO) is undertaking a Class B Environmental Assessment for the demolition of buildings on 15 properties in the Seaton Urban Area and the Hamlet of Whitevale. Based on Staff’s preliminary review, 10 of the 15 properties required a heritage assessment to adequately evaluate the properties against the criteria of the Ontario Heritage Act to determine their cultural heritage value. The City retained a qualified heritage consultant, Christopher Borgal of Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. (GBCA) to undertake the heritage assessments.

The Heritage Pickering Advisory Committee (HPAC) reviewed and discussed the recommendations by the City’s Heritage Consultant for 8 properties. The following is a summary of HPAC’s recommendations to Council:

  • Object to the demolition of 825, 1130 and 1450 Whitevale Road and designate these buildings under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Object to the demolition of 2865 Sideline 16 (Walter Percy House), which was recently designated under Part VI of the Ontario Heritage Act by Council on April 22, 2014
  • Request the City’s Heritage consultant to expand the Preliminary Reports to Full Heritage Assessment for the buildings located 1050 Whitevale Road, 3280 Sideline 16, 3490 Brock Road and 1740 Fifth Concession

To provide additional time for the heritage consultant to complete the full Heritage Assessments for the above-noted 4 properties and for 498 and 650 Whitevale Road, which are currently underway, an extension of another 120 days to the commenting deadline is required.
Most of the properties are located in the Seaton Urban Area and are subject to the policies of the Central Pickering District Plan (CPDP) and the City’s Official Plan Amendment 22.  In addition, some of the properties are also located in the Hamlet of Whitevale and form part of the Whitevale Heritage Conservation District and protected under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act. These buildings are valuable resources to the City and the demolition of these buildings would be a significant loss of the City heritage resources.

The City is concerned that the Province is allowing the buildings to fall into such a state of disrepair that there is little option but to demolish them. This “demolition by neglect” is unacceptable and contrary to the Provincial Policy Statement. The City strongly recommends Infrastructure Ontario restore these buildings so that they can be used for appropriate residential, commercial or community purposes serving the City. If the buildings cannot be protected in-situ, they should be relocated and integrated into
another area of the Whitevale Hamlet or the Seaton Community.

Recommendations:

  1. That Report PLN 04-15 of the Director, City Development, regarding the Infrastructure Ontario Class B Environmental Assessment for the demolition of buildings located in the Seaton Urban Area and the Hamlet of Whitevale be received;
  2. That Council, in response to the Infrastructure Ontario Class B Environmental Assessment object to the demolition of buildings located at 825, 1130 and 1450 Whitevale Road, 3440 Brock Road, and 2865 Sideline 16 which is designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act;
  3. That Council endorse the recommendations of the Heritage Pickering Advisory Committee to designate 825, 1130 and 1450 Whitevale Road under Part IV, of the Ontario Heritage Act; and that Staff be authorized to prepare the appropriate materials and report back to Council at a future date;
  4. That Council not object to the demolition of buildings located at 3185 Brock Road, 3540 Country Lane, 1710 Whitevale Road and 325 Hwy 7;
  5. That Council request an extension of another 120 days to the commenting deadline to allow the City to expand the Preliminary Reports to Full Heritage Assessments for the buildings located at 1050 Whitevale Road, 3280 Sideline 16, 3490 Brock Road and 1740 Fifth Concession, and to complete the Full Assessments already underway for 498 and 650 Whitevale Road;
  6. That Council express its strong dismay at the Province for its disregard of significant heritage resources in Seaton through the lack of maintenance and occupancy of such resources, in contravention of the Provincial Policy Statement, and request the Province to restore and reuse these structures;
  7. That, if the Province continues with proposed demolition of significant heritage resources, Council request the buildings be recorded in the form of photographs and/or measured drawings, the documentation of the buildings be provided to the City, and exterior or interior heritage features be made available for salvage to interested parties prior to any demolition; and
  8. Further, that a copy of this Report and Council’s Resolution be forwarded to: the Premier of Ontario; Infrastructure Ontario; the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure; the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and the Whitevale and District Residents’ Association.

 

OMB Update: Hearings Postponed

The OMB Hearings started again on Monday, however after 2 hours of the hearings, they were postponed to allow for further negotiations.   They’ve allowed for negotiations to reduce the number of issues for the remainder of this week.  The OMB Hearing will re-convene at 10:00 Monday June 3rd in Council Chambers.

Attached below are the Witness Statements I emailed you about earlier:

 

OMB: Next Phase – May 27, 2013

Seaton Development

Seaton Development

I’ll try and give you a quick explanation on how the OMB works for the upcoming May 27th 2013 start…

 

All parties to the OMB submit their Issues list concerning the items coming up in the hearing, in this case we are addressing;

  1. Fiscal Impact to the City of Pickering, Region of Durham and residents of Pickering and Durham… This one should be a big concern to all the taxpayers in Durham/Pickering…  
  2. Heritage (we lost on Heritage issues in our buffer zone in the last phase) this one deals with the Heritage lots and the corridor road and how they are going to be protected from Seaton, and…
  3. Staged Servicing and Implementation Strategy (SSIS) or traffic… This one is a big concern for Whitevale… How are we going to control construction and new Seaton residents going through Whitevale and when will the By-pass roads and bridges be built…?

 

All the Issues are then combined into a single list and each party hires expert witnesses to address those issues; for or against… Deadline for Issues was Mar 22nd 2013…

 

Traffic is a big concern for Whitevale and we have hired, Jeff Mark, a traffic expert to represent us… Expert Witnesses are expensive, so I’ll (Lloyd Thomas) be speaking as a Lay Witness on the Heritage issue and Marion Thomas will cover off everything else… We work for free…

 

All Witness statements had to be submitted to the OMB by May 7th 2013… Everyone then gets a chance to read everyone else’s statements and you get an idea of where your support or opposition is…

 

You then get a chance to submit a Reply Witness Statement (don’t have a date yet)

 

So we have included below; the Issues List and all the Witness Statements for you to read…

 

Here’s some pertinent numbers that you should keep in mind while you read:

Phase 1 of Seaton represents 36,992 population 12,023 units or 9,800 SDE’s  (single detached equivalents)

 

Lloyd Thomas