Nearly 20 new detached homes have been approved for a Mississauga neighborhood, despite opposition from the local councilor.
The Mississauga Planning Commission has approved a proposal to build 19 detached houses at 1583 Cormack Cres. in the Orchard Heights area of the city in the Lakeview neighborhood.
The development, proposed by Elm Cormack Inc., will take place on a 0.86-acre lot that currently houses the Star Academy private school, south of the QEW and Dixie Road.
City councilor Stephen Dasko was the only vote on the planning committee against the proposed development.
At the June 20 meeting, the development was approved, Dasko said the proposed scale of the front of the lots was too small.
“That’s an important part of the concern here,” he said. “And the thought and request is to remove one of those lots so that the actual frontages can be made taller and closer to the 45 foot frontages that the community and taxpayers’ association (want).”
The current city zoning for the site requires a minimum frontage of between 49 and 64 feet, while Elm Cormack Inc. suggested that the fronts of the lots be between 36 and 39.4 feet.
Tonya Elmazi, president of the Orchard Heights Homeowners’ Association, said approval of the proposed lot sizes could lead to “lot splitting” in the neighborhood.
“This will certainly set the stage for a slow but steady change in the character of Orchard Heights,” she said.
In an earlier version of the proposal, the intention was to build 10 detached and 20 semi-detached houses on the site.
The proposal was then reduced to 22 detached homes with smaller lots and taller buildings.
The amount of the approved proposal from Elm Cormack Inc. was reduced by about a foot and housing lots increased by between 2.1 and 3.5 feet, according to a report by city officials.
City officials recommended approving the development of 19 detached homes and in a May 27 report said the proposal would “intensify an under-utilized large plot with new detached homes carefully designed to be compatible with the existing and planned character of the neighbourhood. ”
Speaking at the meeting, City of Mississauga planner Robert Ruggiero said the project is in compliance with county regulations that focus on intensification, efficient use of land and the increase in housing options.
“We recommend approval because, as I’ve said before, it offers a range of housing options in the area. It represents a context-sensitive stepping-up approach on the periphery of a neighborhood,” he said.
The proposed development is approximately 200 yards south of the QEW and east of the Dixie Outlet Mall. Furthermore, the development location is largely surrounded by detached residential areas, an animal hospital and vacant lots.
At the meeting, Ward 5 Coun. Carolyn Parrish called on her fellow councilors to approve the development, saying that “our reputation is at stake”.
“It’s single-family homes, it’s on the ground, it’s surrounded by grass,” she said. “I don’t see how we can reject this. It is the way of the future, and everyone will just have to get used to it.”