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Planning for Growth South Georgian Bay Part 4: Collingwood

Posted by Sherry Rioux on April 9, 2009

Every year, our Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board sponsors a popular seminar where they bring in the local planners to speak to REALTORS® about what is happening in our region.  Anyone considering a real estate transaction should keep well informed so we thought it would be a good idea to share some of their points with you in this series. 

Collingwood:  Presented by Trevor Houghton

• Since June of 2008, Trevor has been very busy with the Shipyards Development, which is a mixed development
• It’s a very big file, construction is now underway
• they’ve had to process 2 parking approval exemptions
• financial and wastewater contributions are complete – this took them 2 years at a cost of $1MM
• site plan is complete for the MacKinaw – which is 116 Townhomes
• another issue is the Berm – it is hoped that the agreement will be completed by 12/15/2008; thereafter planting of 800 trees/plants, etc. can take place.  The town will eventually take ownership – in about 2 years – about Spring of 2011 – it will have an amphitheatre, trails and a lookout
• 2 Sidelaunch approves hopefully in January of 09 – one is 38 units the other is 39 units plus a commercial component
• In February 09 the waterfront Promenade approvals will hopefully be complete – this is going to be given to the town.
• the developer is improving the park with lights, benches, etc. and the town will payback the developer for it over 7 years.

• this has been a 2 year process and Robert Voigt is the man in charge of this
• UDS are being applied to commercial, industrial and then residential lands in that order
• the Draft Commercial UDS is expected for June 09
• they’re trying to consolidate the Town’s vision for development, both aesthetically and functionally
• ie. developments will need things like active transportation, bike stands, sidewalks, benches, all to improve the liveability of Collingwood and reduce the environmental impact of said developments while hopefully speeding up the development process and making approval easier if the standards are used
• Robert is developing a blog which will be live the week of Dec. 10/08 and will be available from the town website and will be updated all the time.  It’s an interactive blog – so citizens can post and their opinions will be read by Robert.  (Update:  This blog is now live at  and well worth reading!)


• OPA 10, 11, 12, 13 are being updated (Nancy Farrer)
• OPA 10 has to do with the ‘western commercial node’ which is now referred to as the Regional Commercial District and has been approved now by council and the county with 2 appeals pending – one for the mapping by the Days Inn; and the other is for policy by Rio Can
• OPA 11 – has to  do with the Eden Oak Industrial Subdivision and has been approved – 150 acres
• OPA 12 – (commercial)  OPA 13 – (industrial)
– Both have been approved at the local level and forwarded to county, but the County of Simcoe is now dealing with anything of ours right now as they are struggling with their own growth problems first, which is delaying approvals
• Nancy is doing an OP review – it changed in ’04 and under the Planning Act is must be reviewed and a public meeting held each 5 years
– anticipate revisiting residential (as commercial and industrial is done)
– must take Provincial Policy Statement into consideration as well as recreational, environmental and growth management issues

• the lands have been designated
• Plan of Subdivision has draft approval
• the developer has to work on satisfying some conditions
• it will include improvements to Poplar Sideroad such as road widening (province is funding $8-10MM of the costs.)

• Improvements have been approved, but the financial contribution agreement has not been completed as of yet

• as this is a ‘connecting link’ – First Street is a joint issue with the province
• they are not expropriating lands right now, so any changes must occur within the existing road allowance
• the issue is the promenade design versus a centre turn lane and is further complicated by asking the MTO to help
• MTO isn’t agreeable to the investment involved to upgrade to the “Cadillac” (ie the promenade design)
• for further information contact Ed Houghton at the Town

• Trevor was asked what is happening with the old library
• zoning will be changing to downtown commercial zone

Related Posts:
Planning for Growth South Georgian Bay Part 1:  Simcoe County
Planning for Growth South Georgian Bay Part 2:  Grey County
Planning for Growth South Georgian Bay Part 3:  Blue Mountain

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