Will the developer be able to build houses on these lands?
This application is only considering the Principle of Development at this stage. If this first stage is approved, there will be additional applications and processes to look at things like specific land uses, where the roads will go, to figure out where, how many and what kinds of houses will be permitted, where the parks will go, etc. Once those processes are all complete, and if they are all approved, then construction would start.
What exactly is being proposed right now?
Currently, the developer has applied to change the general land use permissions. This is giving Council the chance to consider the Principle of Development. Council will decide if any development should be permitted. There will be further processes afterwards, should Council decide that some kind of redevelopment could be considered on the lands.
I saw a concept plan at the public meeting - is this what it will look like if it gets approved?
Not necessarily. The developer has provided a plan as a concept. This has been provided to the Town for information purposes only. Any consideration of this type of detail is premature because the Principle of Development has not yet been established. However, if the Principle of Development is established, there will be further processes to determine specific land uses, where the roads will go, to figure out where, how many and what kinds of houses will be permitted, where the parks will go, etc. That level of detail is not being reviewed through this current process.
If the Principle of Development is approved in the first stage, will there be public input opportunities for the next stage(s)?
Yes, should the Principle of Development be approved in the first stage, at each subsequent stage there will be at least one, if not several, opportunities for public input into the details of the design and what this community would look like, how it would function, and how it would interact with the rest of Newmarket.