Just when you thought those high-rise development issues on William Street were
history, a new twist on that application for a zoning amendment to permit mixed
use development, and to construct a nine storey mixed use development on the west
side of William Street just north of Edith Cavell Boulevard. The development proposed
52 residential units within the 9 storeys with ground floor commercial space and
three detached dwellings fronting onto Edith Cavell Boulevard.
Many people that went to the public meeting on March 1st, 2016 at the Port Stanley
arena concerning Prespa's proposed 9-storey high-rise condominium apartment complex
were not in favour of the proposal as it was proposed and suggested changes that
would be more favored within the surrounding neighbourhood and community of Port
Stanley. Those issues seemed to disappear after that meeting because like all matters
of this type should have been handled by the planning department and by Council.
The reason for this growing interest in this application for a zoning amendment
is because the Municipality of Central Elgin failed to make any type of decision
concerning this application and now Prespa Construction Ltd's has taken the issue
before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.
The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal will hold a prehearing conference at 10 A.M.
at 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 regarding the 2016
Prespa Construction Ltd's proposed development at 146-156 William Street in Port
Recently on April 3, 2018 the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), a quasi-judicial body
that dealt with development proposal appeals, became the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal
(LPAT). Many Ontario Council's in the past have tried to avoid an OMB appeal even
it it meant compromising with developers and approving zoning amendments than were
not yet allowed in the area's official plans, as blame could always be passed on
to the unelected, unaccountable OMB that would end up making those unpopular zoning
decisions because of the excuse that the OMB would have approved it anyway.
It would be hard to imagine the outcome of this Local Planning Appeal Tribunal mostly
due to the fact that this is a relatively new decision making process and of the
fact that the Municipality of Central Elgin never offered Prespa Construction Ltd's
a decision on this application. Further complications that also add to this decision
making process outcome involve Dillon Consulting who was hired to develop a secondary
plan for the Port Stanley Harbour lands which includes the land on William Street.
Both versions of the draft secondary plan seem to indicate that higher building
heights will be included in the official plan for Port Stanley at some time in the