What is the Midhurst Secondary Plan?
Answer: It is a comprehensive planning document which sets out policies to guide development within the established Settlement Area boundary over the long term. It recognizes existing large lot residential areas in a special designation. It identifies natural heritage areas that area to be protected, as well as areas for employment, mixed use, residential and recreational uses such as trails and parks. It calls for a mix of housing types and employment uses on full municipal services in order to achieve the densities envisioned by the Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. It establishes urban design guidelines to achieve attractive urban form and streetscapes and sets out phasing policies to ensure development occurs gradually in an orderly manner.
How will existing taxes be affected by the new development?
Answer: All new infrastructures (sewer, water, roads) in the Midhurst Secondary Plan will be paid for by the developers, so those capital costs will not cause taxes to increase because they will not be borne by taxpayers. Tax rates are determined each year by Council and are based on many factors, including the level of municipal services provided to the entire Township.
What types of employment opportunities are envisioned in the employment areas?
Answer: The secondary plan will enable employment areas to hook into full municipal services and as such expand the range of employment uses that can be accommodated. Employment uses may include offices, manufacturing, warehousing, service and maintenance.
What types of residential units are envisioned?
Answer: The Secondary Plan provides for a variety of housing types ranging from single family detached homes to townhomes, low rise apartments to seniors housing, to apartments over shops. All will be subject to urban design standards to ensure consistency, design quality and liveability. Existing large lot residential areas are recognized in a special Midhurst Village designation.
What other amenities will exist in the new development?
Answer: Parks will be located within a five minute walk of most residences. Trails and riding paths will be incorporated throughout the area and will include linkages to natural heritage and green spaces. The road network is planned to accommodate transit in the future. There will be planned neighbourhood centres including small retail and service commercial units, schools and other community facilities.
What types of institutional, administration or government uses are anticipated?
Answer: The Secondary Plan envisions professional offices related to government, schools, day care centres, recreation facilities, libraries, fire stations, public or private sector utilities and transportation facilities.
Will this new development occur all at once?
Answer: No. Development will occur gradually in a phased manner, over the long term.
Where will the first phase of development happen?
Answer: In the Carson neighbourhood in the vicinity of Carson Road and Wilson Drive, and near Doran Road west of Russell Road.
When will the first phase of the live development start?
Answer: We hope to break ground in 2015 and start house construction in 2016.
Where does the planning process in Midhurst stand now?
Answer: The planning and phases 1 and 2 of the Class Environmental Assessment process for Midhurst is complete. Phases 3 and 4 of the Class EA (detailed design) must be completed for water, wastewater, and transportation. This process is expected to be complete in 2014. The Secondary Plan will be implemented through plans of subdivision and site plans. The first phases of subdivisions and zoning were approved in July 2014.