Developments seek to expand housing in Eagle Place

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This is a concept plan for housing developments proposed for Eagle Place. Corbett Land Strategies Inc.
This is a concept plan for housing developments proposed for Eagle Place. Corbett Land Strategies Inc.

Plans are in the works for major housing development in Eagle Place.

Bordered on three sides by the Grand River, the historic neighbourhood is poised to get about 1,200 new housing units over the next several years in what is being called the Riverwalk Community.

Plans call for the development to be, generally, north and east of the Grand River Conservation Area trail and dyke. About 40 hectares of agricultural lands, vegetated areas and woodlots, and land located adjacent to the dike, have been targeted for housing by four landowners: Kingswood Homes, Multani Custom Homes, Liv Communities and Cachet Developments.

At a recent virtual community information session, Nick Wood of Corbett Land Strategies Inc., a consultant for Cachet Developments who acted as host of the meeting, said the landowners are committed to working together and with current Eagle Place residents.

“We are trying to achieve as co-ordinated a development as possible. The landowners are aware that this particular area has unique qualities. We want to find a happy balance between compatibility and achieving municipal and provincial land use goals, which include minimum density requirements.”


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Wood said the new development could potentially house upward of 3,000 residents.

Andrew Mulder, executive director of land development at LIV Communities, said there’s demand for townhouses in the city. He called it the “missing middle” of the housing market, affordable starter homes for some while prices are skyrocketing.

“This development should help provide a range of housing choices for areas residents who are increasingly priced out of a community they may have grown up in or moved into,” said Wood.

Kingswood Homes initiated land development at Erie Avenue and Birkett Lane in the early 2000s. Before any further building could happen, the city required stormwater management assessments of the area, which have been approved. The development area is on a floodplain. The city also requested area-wide studies to assess transportation, services and land use. Those studies were submitted in May by the landowners for the city to review.

Proposed housing in the Riverwalk Community includes:

• Liv Communities development at 88 and 92 Birkett Lane, Riverwalk Phase 4 and Phase 5. It includes 419 street townhouses and 180 back-to-back townhouses on 16.26 hectares of land;

• Cachet Developments’ Riverwalk Phase 2 and Phase 3. It includes 150 single detached homes and 40 back-to-back townhouses on 7.20 hectares;

• Kingswood Homes’ Riverwalk East. It includes 150 street townhouses, 54 stacked townhouses, and 29 single-detached homes on 7.06 hectares;


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• Multani Custom Homes’ Multani East, West, which includes 137 street townhouses and 47 back-to-back townhouses.

At a recent community information session, Wood said a new road network is proposed connecting Baldwin Avenue to Birkett Lane, extending Dover Court to Birkett and connecting Fifth Avenue to Birkett. Additional local roads and laneways are proposed throughout the community.

Also included in the plans are:

• A 1.3-hectare public park;

• Sidewalks and pedestrian connections to the existing GRCA trails;

• And new stormwater management facilities to accommodate the existing and proposed development. A flood relief culvert is proposed beneath Erie Avenue, along with drainage improvements to Birkett Lane.

An area-wide transportation impact study proposes some remedial measures to ease the increased traffic, including left-turn lanes at three locations on Erie Avenue, and recommends the city review the need for traffic lights at Erie and Baldwin and Erie and Birkett.

Residents who attended the information session expressed various concerns about the housing plans, such as its impact on the school system and traffic issues.

One resident noted “there are only 4,500 residences in all of Eagle Place.”

“That seems like a lot of congestion in one little area.”

A couple of residents asked how the housing could proceed after the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council announced in April a moratorium on development in the Haldimand Tract — an area along both sides of the Grand River.


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“Are there any plans in place to address this or will this become another Caledonia,” asked one resident, referring to the development in Haldimand County community that has been blocked by Indigenous protesters for the past year.

Wood said developers are taking “all reasonable measures to consult with all parties.”

Some landowners have completed technical studies and backgrounds work and others are underway. Wood said planning applications will be submitted to the city at various times.

“The applications for Liv Communities are expected to be submitted to the city shortly and the other developments are moving toward submission in the coming months.”


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