Guelph-Eramosa council reviews two development proposals for Rockwood

BRUCEDALE – Guelph-Eramosa council reviewed two development proposals in Rockwood at its council meeting on July 13.

One is for North Rockwood Developments Inc. and the other for Cedar Cliff Place Ltd.

The proposed North Rockwood Developments, at 5051 Wellington Road 27 in the north end of the village, has been amended to reflect issues raised by township and county planning staff.

The applicant now intends to build 51 townhouses rather than 40 semi-detached dwellings. Each of the town homes would front onto a private, internal road, with its own driveway and garage.

The plan has been amended to include narrower streets, a turnaround loop for vehicles, and 17 visitor parking spaces. The units and lot sizes will be smaller than the original proposal, “but there are number of things with the new design I like,” said councillor Corey Woods. “The turnaround and visitor parking are good, but the smaller backyards seem really small to me.”

Staff told councillors that the size of the townhouses is determined by lot size and  there will be a mix of sizes.

Council accepted the proposal for information and staff will prepare for a public meeting. The proposal would then go on to Wellington County for comment.

Cedar Cliff Place

The Cedar Cliff Place proposal seeks to convert the existing three-storey, 18-unit rental apartment building at 264 Alma Street in Rockwood into condominiums.

Work would have to be done to satisfy the building department, such as replacing insulation in attics, but no other significant changes would be required.

Councillor Louise Marshall said she is concerned about the current renters and what will happen to them if the apartments become condos.

“In the past the owners said they would work with each renter,” said Mayor Chris White.

Council passed a resolution of support for the conversion. It too goes to the county for consideration.