Nearly 100 residents fighting 2 housing development proposals in Brampton
Published February 10, 2023 at 2:47 pm
Nearly 100 residents have voiced their objections to two development proposals that would change the look of a rural Brampton area.
The two proposals for developments at 1857 Queen St. W., and 1879 Queen St. W. near Mississauga Road in Brampton return to the city’s planning and development committee on Monday (Feb. 13).
The proposal for 1879 Queen St. W. is nine single-detached homes, 39 street townhouses, one condo townhouse block and a 12-storey apartment building.
Two multi-storey residential apartments of 12 and 14 storeys are proposed for 1857 Queen St. W.
Last summer, the Credit Valley Residents Association asked the city to defer any decisions on the two applications due to “an improper composition of Council.” This came at the time when councillors were boycotting the meetings due to conflicts.
Now, planning staff is recommending the two developments proceed as nearly 100 letters have come forward opposing the projects. Many residents have written a letter for each project.
The current home and greenhouse at 1879 Queen Street West, Brampton. Photo via Google Maps
Concerns range from harm to the ecosystem and destroying the rural setting of the Springbank area, to traffic congestion.
“You have been getting dozens of presentations OPPOSING HIGH DENSITY development on Queen & Mississauga Rd.,” wrote Amrik S. Ahluwalia. “Several of your constituents have personally told you, before and today that they OPPOSE HIGH DENSITY.”
A rendering for part of the proposal at 1879 Queen Street West, Brampton. Rendering via City of Brampton submissions
The Credit Valley Residents Association, a not-for-profit organization representing residents from Wards 4, 5 and 6 of Brampton, also wrote a letter strongly opposing the applications.
There are also several residents slated to make delegations at Monday’s meeting.
On Dec. 7, residents attended a community consultation for the proposal at 1857 Queen St. W. People expressed concerns about area schools’ capacities and general lack of amenity areas and services along with traffic, transit infrastructure and natural heritage concerns.
The current building at 1857 Queen Street West. Photo via Google Maps
But the developers decided to proceed with their original application, and city staff agree.
“Planning Staff conducted a thorough review of the application and concluded that the proposal represents good planning, is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement and is in conformity with the Growth plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe as well as the Region and City’s Official Plans,” the staff report states.
A rendering for 1857 Queen Street West. Rendering via City of Brampton submissions
Similarly, the proposal for 1879 Queen St. W. underwent a community consultation on Oct. 27.
Residents asked that the height of the buildings be reduced, and said the existing roads won’t be able to handle the population growth.
But the developer is proceeding with the same application and staff are also recommending approval.
The planning and development committee is expected to make a decision on the applications on Monday. They will then have to be approved at the council level.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising