Revised plan for Black Creek Signature phase 2 pitched to council

A second phase for a Netherby Road development may have a new look to it, though council and nearby residents have some concerns.

At the June 24 council meeting, Fort Erie politicians learned about the revised phase 2 of the Black Creek Signature development, which covers the area north of the watercourse that runs through the property.

Residents and councillors had concerns about a change in the amount of parkland, along with the access and egress routes proposed, grading on some of the lots, a pond on the property, and the planned stormwater management pond.

“There are certain issues I have concerns about that are almost showstoppers in my opinion,” said Councillor Nick Dubanow, echoing concerns from other councillors that came on the heels of residents expressing their concerns.

According to a staff information report, the new proposal for phase 2 of the plan “includes reconfiguration of the proposed road network, some changes to lots and blocks, and relocation of a block intended for future parkland purposes.”

Under the new plan, there are seven fewer lots for single detached homes, but a significant increase from the 14 townhouse dwellings in the existing plan.

The resulting revisions would have the phase 2 portion end up with 73 lots for single detached homes and 62 street townhouse units in 13 blocks. Two blocks would also be set aside for the watercourse, another for parkland and one for a stormwater management facility. Finally, three blocks would be left for what the report describes as 0.30 metre reserves.

Phase 1 of the Black Creek Signature development is mostly built out, the report said. It’s located south of the watercourse that bisects the development and “contains 41 lots for single detached dwellings, seven blocks with a total of 32 street townhouse dwellings and seven blocks with a total of 14 semi-detached dwellings.”

To get the go ahead for the new phase 2 plan, the owners–listed in the report as a numbered company owned by Simon Mou and Great Summit (Fort Erie) Nominee Inc.–require amendments to the official plan and zoning bylaw.

According to the report, “Phase 2 has remained vacant and undeveloped due to ongoing archaeological assessments on several locations within the subject lands.”

No decisions were made at the meeting as it was simply to introduce the plans and seek feedback. Staff will prepare a recommendation report that will come to a future meeting.

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