An item on the agenda of the Feb. 6 Planning/Protection and Physical Environment Committee meeting that sparked the most attention was the the proposed Bodnar subdivision (between Lake Ave. W and Highway 7 next to Roy Brown Park). It brought the most interest and speakers from the assembled and larger than average public audience.
The motion involved was to forward a final set of conditions to the county for approval.
Cavanagh Development’s plans are to construct 618 residential units on just under 25 hectares. This development has raised concerns among residents regarding a planned storm-water retention pond for the subdivision on town owned parkland.
At a well attended public meeting last July and again at this meeting, concerns were voiced on the risks to the town’s drinking water supply as a result of the retention pond. Town staff members and Cavanagh spokesperson, Chris Collins, pointed out that the developer has agreed to a host of new conditions on design and construction based on reports from a town-commissioned peer review and that the current plans pose no risk and meet all current provincial regulations.
Councillor Black introduced a motion to add more restrictions including a call for the pond’s outlet to be located downstream of Riverside Park but it failed. The original motion was carried four to two on a recorded vote. It will go to full council for another vote next week.