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With a large development proposed on Highway 26 from the community of Lighthouse Point, residents are asking if the Collingwood Gate settlement could be reconsidered

A new development proposal has raised old issues regarding the closure of condominium communities in Collingwood.

During a public meeting on Monday evening (January 31), approximately 15 residents of the communities of Lighthouse Point and Wyldewood and adjacent landowners raised concerns about a proposed subdivision of the lands at 11403, 11453 and 11642 of Highway 26 to allow for future development.

The public meeting has been called to accept comments on the development, known as Residences of Silver Creek and owned by Skyline Developments, which is currently seeking permission to divide its land into five vacant condominium units.

The communities of Lighthouse Point and Wyldewood are across the street and adjacent to the subject lands.

Cameron Mitchell, property manager at Lighthouse Point Yacht and Tennis Club, expressed many concerns about community planning, such as the need for increased speeds and traffic control.

“The proposed pedestrian features will make traffic intrusion on Lighthouse Point very likely,” Mitchell said. “How will the development prevent property owners from venturing up the highway and through Lighthouse Point to use the waterfront and other amenities?”

“We are increasing the risk of accidents, crime and vandalism by those encroaching on private property,” he said.

Mitchell, along with other MPs, referenced the city’s bylaw regarding gates in communities.

Currently, City of Collingwood bylaws prohibit entry gates to condominium communities. When last discussed at council in September 2020, the reasons provided by city staff for the ban included access to emergency services.

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“Will City Council revisit this issue and, at a minimum, at least provide an opportunity for communities to consider installing these access control measures? Mitchell asked.

According to the proposal to subdivide the land, Skyline intends to divide the entire property into five units.

Unit 5 would be sold for proposed future townhouse development. Unit 1 would be retained for the proposed future development of three apartment buildings. Unit 2 would contain a proposed future amenity building that would service all residents of the condominium plan. Units 3 and 4 would contain proposed future signage for the full condominium plan.

Lorraine Roberts, a representative from Skyline Developments, provided more information regarding target demographics and environmentally protected lands.

“Our target market is, generally, the 55+ category and that’s mainly because they tend to stay longer in rental apartments and take care of the property,” Roberts said.

“There is a portion of environmental conservation land in the…southwest corner. These lands will be dedicated to the city. We will also be continuing the Cranberry Marsh Trail,” she said.

A formal site plan application has yet to be filed with the city, as Skyline must first obtain approval to subdivide the property before it can proceed with final development plans.

However, the inclusion of a diagram showing preliminary building plans for the development also raised questions about those site plans.

Colin Inglis, chair of the Lighthouse Point Shared Facilities Committee, raised concerns about a bus stop at Lighthouse Point, which he said would also bring residents of the new community to their neighborhood.

“Given the position of other stops nearby, it is clear that the Lighthouse Point stop was intended to serve Lighthouse Point only,” Inglis said. “Additional development in the immediate area is a game-changer; a fact that does not seem to have been recognized in the planning process.

Inglis suggested that the stop be moved from Lighthouse Point next to the water tank building and that a shelter be constructed.

Going forward, planning, construction and economic development director Summer Valentine said a staff report will be written on the project, including responses to public comments received on Monday, which will be considered at of a future board meeting after the adoption of the interim control regulation. lifted and the land use planning study is implemented.

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