Former Arthur Public School plan gets sewage unit extension

An ex­tension to sewage allocations does not mean an extension of reduced development charges for a developer intending to renovate the former Arthur Public School into seniors’ residences.

Wellington North council­lors recently reviewed corres­pondence from project manager Chris Jones, of Stantec Consulting Ltd., to the township’s Chief Administrative Officer and Clerk Lorraine Hein­buch.

Jones wrote, “You will be aware of the proposal by Gary Langdon to develop the former public school on Eliza Street in Arthur as a mixed residential use and seniors’ residences.”

He noted plans by Mont­gomery King Architect de­scrib­ing the concept were provided to the township for comment last year. Stantec Consulting  was re­tained to examine servicing of the site with preliminary em­phasis on storm water management.

Jones wrote “As part of our input, by way of a detailed site plan, we will also address environmental issues to maintain as much as possible the existing roadside trees on Eliza and Isabella Streets. The plan along with a justification report will be presented to you late next month.”

“We do note that the sewage allotment granted to the proposal is due to expire shortly and on behalf of Mr. Langdon we ask for a short extension to allow you to accept our report.”

In addition, Langdon has proposed restricted commercial uses in a portion of the school building.

Jones wrote that the uses envisioned include holistic medical services and supplies, natural and organically grown food, massage therapy, and similar services that would be appropriate to support the seniors residence but not compete with the neighbouring commercial operations.

Mayor Mike Broomhead said from the outside of the building it seems like there is some movement on the project, but not much.

Councillor Dan Yake said it seemed like the proponent was only asking for an extension of the sewage allocation.

Broomhead said he had talked with Works Super­in­tendent Gary Williamson, who indicated the sewage units are still available for allocation.

However, Broomhead suggested that the municipality re­spond in a letter that the extension applies only to the sewage allocation – and not an extension of current development charges.

He said if the proponent waits to apply for building permits, the new development charg­es will be applied.

Council subsequently ap­prov­ed the extension of the 42 sewage capacity unit allocation to the property. As in the past, the resolution is a time-limited offer of six months, after which time the allocation would be withdrawn unless the owner has demonstrated he is proceeding with the project.

Other developers in Well­ington North, have applied and relieved extensions to allocations for more time to develop certain projects.