Large subdivision proposed for Park Avenue West

Park Avenue West Subdivision (Photo via The Municipality of Chatham-Kent)

Chatham could be getting another new housing development.

On Monday, council will vote on a municipal planning amendment that would be the first steps towards a new subdivision on Park Avenue West.

According to the staff report, Maple City Homes is proposing a new subdivision that would feature 121 single homes and 48 townhouse units in eight six-unit buildings.

The company is planning to build the development on 17 acres of vacant land on the north side of Park Avenue West, west of Howard Road. The homes would be located near the fully developed Oriole Parkway Subdivision to the west and the developing Meadows Subdivision to the south.

Photo via The Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Photo via The Municipality of Chatham-Kent

The planning amendment is needed in order for the developer to proceed with getting approval for the next steps of the procedure including a by-law amendment and the site plan control.

“The purpose of the Official Plan Amendment application is to deal with the initial step of the planning approvals process, which is to re-designate the portion of the property in the highway commercial land use designation to residential area,” read the staff report. “This will result in the Residential Area Policies of the Official Plan applying wholly over the subject lands. This designation will support the future planning applications necessary for new residential development over these lands.”

According to the report, municipal planning staff have reviewed the proposalĀ in the context of the Provincial Policy Statement and the Chatham-Kent Official Plan and is recommending that council approve it.