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Jun 2, 2022 0 comments

By Sam Odrowski

Orangeville Council voted 5-2 on Monday (May 30) to overturn a decision made at its last meeting (May 16) that rejected Cachet Development’s proposed apartment buildings near Veterans Way.

Com. Joe Andrews, who previously voted against final approvals for Cachet Developments, moved the motion to approve it, which passed 5-2

During the meeting of May 30, the council. Andrews explained that he was not comfortable with the progress of the development until he had secured the missing link in the road along Hansen Boulevard. would be completed before the Cachet apartment buildings were occupied. Once constructed, the Cachet development will house 383 apartment dwelling units.

Com. Andrews said he is now supportive of the development, as Cachet has communicated to the City that their development will not be occupied for a few years after the construction of the Hansen Boulevard Missing Link.

“I personally had reservations about supporting the claim [to approve the development]despite all the work that has been done by city staff and the various points that have been referenced regarding the Ontario Lands Tribunal and the possible legal implications if they are not approved,” he said. note.

“On May 25, the developer provided details of its timeline for the proposed development, with the clarity that I personally sought. That is why this motion is being brought forward.

A letter from Cachet Developments to the City on May 25 explained that the company understands Council’s concerns about continued development in the area before Hansen Boulevard. extension is built.

The letter stated that Hansen Blvd. the extension is beyond Cachet’s control, as it will be built by Edgewood Valley Developments, which expects to complete it within the next 12 to 18 months.

The Hansen Bridge is expected to be built this year, while the Missing Link of the road is expected to be completed by fall 2023.

Meanwhile, Cachet Development’s timeline for first occupancy of their buildings is August or September 2025, so the road is expected to be built before the apartments.

Com. Todd Taylor and Deputy Mayor Andy Macintosh were the only two votes against developing Cachet at the May 30 meeting.

Com. Taylor spoke to the Citizen after initially rejecting Cachet’s endorsement at the May 16 council meeting.

He said 10 to 12 years ago a former council passed the Veterans Way development, which was built without connecting Hansen Blvd, leaving the neighborhood with a single exit and entrance, leaving residents there disconnected. from the rest of the city.

Com. Taylor said he couldn’t vote for Cachet’s advancement ahead of the rest of Hansen Blvd. is built and Deputy Mayor Andy Macintosh shared a similar sentiment.

Mayor Sandy Brown, who seconded the motion at the May 16 meeting and again on May 30, said Cachet Developments’ proposal was able to move forward after Dufferin County’s comprehensive municipal review determined that there was sufficient employment land in the area and that the proposed land could be developed into housing.

Mayor Brown said after that, a few months ago, council received legal advice and advice from the city’s planning department to approve a settlement agreement for the land.

He told the Citizen that had happened and when he returned on May 16, it was a “buffer” approval, which detailed previous commitments made by the City, and Council had no authority. to vote no. Mayor Brown added that the cost of going back to the Ontario Land Tribunal, which has already approved the development, and challenging it in court could cost the city up to $500,000.

However, this is now a moot point as Orangeville have given directions to allow the development to go ahead with Monday’s 5-2 vote, following Cachet’s letter which described that they would not occupy of buildings before the end of 2025 at the earliest. .

Com. Post, who initially voted against the approval on May 16 but backed it on May 30 after receiving Cachet’s letter, also shared his position on the matter with the Citizen. She said there was no opportunity to get clarification on timelines for the completion of Cachet’s development to ensure it happens after Hansen Boulevard was built, so she had to vote not on May 16.

“Trying to keep the population in this area until [missing link of Hansen Blvd] is supported is what is my big concern. I really wanted a date and a commitment as to when Hansen would open,” the adviser said. Post noted.

She said she’s in favor of the development itself and thinks it will look great when it’s finished.

With the new information, respecting the deadlines, she was able to support the development during the May 30 meeting.

The next board meeting is scheduled for June 13.

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