Council approves revised plan for Mill Street development in Elora

ELORA – After being the subject of debate for more than a year, council approved a zoning and official plan amendment for a mixed-use development at 19 Mill St. E. in Elora on June 10.

Council learned at its May 25 meeting the developer had revised its plan and now was proposing a four-storey building on the site – down from five – with ground floor commercial space, one ground floor residential space, and three upper storeys of condominium apartments, for a total 18 residential units. The developer also increased parking to 22 underground spots and 11 surface spots.

And the historic building on the site, once the Elora Concrete Burial Vaults building, will be restored and a small addition added to become a restaurant or other commercial use.

Elora’s Central Business District would have to expand to include the property to allow the commercial component.

Manager of planning services Marianna Iglesias told council the proposal meets provincial and Wellington County planning policy statements.

“Staff are now satisfied,” Iglesias said. “Any outstanding issues will be addressed at detailed design.”

Councillor Bronwynne Wilton declared a conflict of interest as her spouse, Pierre Chauvin, is a partner at MHBC Planning Consultants, which is working for the developer.

The rest of council voted in favour of the zoning and official plan amendments.