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Bradford approves new 83-house development

Issues for the development have included street access, parking, and the affect on streetscape and adjacent homes on Simcoe Road.
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Home construction in Bradford. A new housing development was approved for the area of Simcoe Road and Line 6. Jenni Dunning/Bradford Today

After 18 months of negotiations, a much-debated development of 83 townhouses in Bradford West Gwillimbury has been approved.

At a meeting Tuesday evening, Bradford council unanimously approved the draft plan of a new Cachet Estate Homes subdivision at the northeast corner of Simcoe Road and Line 6.

Issues for the development have included street access, parking, and the affect on streetscape and adjacent homes on Simcoe Road.

However, the number of entrances has been reduced from two to one, and the number of parking spaces — in garages, on-street and in driveways — was increased to 2.8 per unit.

The town’s zoning bylaw requirement is for 1.5 spaces per unit.

Residential permit requests in Bradford are down so far this year compared to last year, according to a recent report submitted to council earlier this month.

Town staff attribute this to developers catching up on work from 2017.

On the flip side, commercial permit requests have spiked with 72 issued so far this year, compared to 32 by this time last year.

Of these permits, 20 are for farm building, 26 are for “assembly occupancy,” and 15 are for “mercantile occupancy,” read the report.

The report also noted a “key player” in the building revenue for the town was generated from MedReleaf’s phase two project.

 



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