Developers lay out two options for developing the currently vacant land
Developers have submitted plans to bring hundreds of new housing units to the east end of the city — and they have provided two options.
According to a report posted on the City of Guelph’s website, Gamma Developers Ltd. and 2506780 Ontario Inc. have submitted an application to rezone the lands at 855 and 927 Victoria Rd. S. The property sits on the west side of Victoria, across the road from the town line with Puslinch, south of Stone Road. Fusion Homes is also listed on the planning justification report and the environmental impact study.
The application lays out two proposed options for the 4.9-hectare site — the first one would see 367 units, comprised of 156 stacked townhouse units and 211 apartments units, while the second would see 400 units, comprised of 108 stacked townhouse units and 292 apartment units.
Under the first option, there would be two 10-storey apartment buildings, one with 96 units and the other with 115. There would also be 20 townhouse buildings, with between six and 10 units each.
The second option would have four apartment buildings: two at 10 storeys with 87 and 106 units respectively, one at eight storeys with 69 units, and a fourth at six storeys with 30 units. There would also be 13 three-storey townhouse units with between six and 10 units each.
Both options would have more than 500 parking spaces, both above and below ground.
The two properties are currently vacant and are zoned for agricultural use.
A traffic impact study, prepared by Waterloo-based Paradigm Transportation Solutions as part of the application, is also recommending that a southbound left-turn lane be included on the driveway from the southern end of the property at MacAlister Boulevard. Paradigm is also recommending the city monitor the intersections on Victoria at Stone, MacAlister and Arkell Road, and to potentially adjust the signal timings in order to accommodate increased traffic.
Gamma has been a developer in the area for some time, having been listed as one of the property owners in 2006 when the city approved the second phase of the Kortright East subdivision.
This application will come before council for a public meeting, likely in the new year, as the next council meeting for development applications on Dec. 10 has already had its agenda set.
The next available planning meeting for council is currently scheduled for Jan. 28 at city hall, starting at 6:30 p.m.