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Seaton urbran sprawl moving forward slowly

Seaton moving forward, still a lot of red tape to deal with

Whitevale residents raise concerns about gridlock on local roads

Pickering News Advertiser

PICKERING -- Progress on Seaton is inching forward, but it will be a while before shovels hit the ground.

On Tuesday politicians descended on Pickering City Hall for a media conference to announce Ontario has “approved the creation of Seaton.”

In January the Ontario Municipal Board issued a decision on appeals that were holding up the Seaton process.

At issue was confirming numbers -- a population of 61,000 people and 30,500 jobs by 2031 and up to 70,000 people and 35,000 jobs over the long term.

The Province has now announced confirmation of the OMB decisions.

“This is an important step in clearing the way for construction to begin on the new homes, roads, businesses, shops, parks, schools, libraries, bike and walking paths, transit hubs and community centres that we believe will accommodate up to 70,000 residents and 35,000 jobs,” said Bill Mauro, minister of municipal affairs and housing.

A statement from the Province says the City can now finalize residential subdivision plans and issue building permits to developers -- but local officials say there is still administrative red tape to cut through.

Catherine Rose, chief planner with the City of Pickering, explains conditions of subdivision approval still need to be finalized, which will take close to a year.

A major environmental assessment for infrastructure such as water, sewers, roads and transit also needs to be completed and filed.

The infrastructure will then take 18 months to two years to design and complete.

Ms. Rose said it will realistically be two to four years until building permits are issued.

“And that’s without any hiccups, like a challenge to the EA,” she noted.

At Tuesday’s event, Whitevale residents raised concerns about whether local roads can handle the influx of new Seaton residents.

“In the first phase 37,000 people are being added to Pickering with no new east-west routes being added,” said Lloyd Thomas, president of the Whitevale and District Residents’ Association.

The group is calling for Steeles Avenue to be widened to four lanes, a bypass bridge to connect Seaton to Altona Road and a connection between Altona Road and 14th Avenue.

Pickering Scarborough East MPP Tracy MacCharles told Mr. Thomas the issue is “in discussion” and said she is in regular talks with the minister of transportation.

“We hear you,” she said. “As a resident of Pickering that concerns me too.”


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Toronto Real Estate Board - IDX Last Updated: 3/25/2019 8:16:04 AM