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Council defers decision on bid to construct triplex

Plans for a three-unit apartment building in Wellesley are on hold, as township council this week deferred a decision on rezoning the property at 1010 Doering St.

The owner wants to remove the current building on the site, replacing it with a triplex. That idea met with stiff resistance from neighbours at a public meeting in June, who cited concerns about traffic, impact on adjacent properties and changes to the character of the neighbourhood.

In response to those concerns, the applicant seeking a zone change for the site revised the plan, including moving the building back farther on the property, as well as narrowing the building’s footprint. Parking was moved to the rear of the building and exterior features such as balconies were added.

Even with those changes, however, the building does not meet two of the minimum requirements for the requesting zoning – lot area and side yard setback – and requires specific exemptions.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, Coun. Peter van der Maas said he was a little concerned with the size of the proposed building, noting that it will be β€œmuch larger than anything else on the street.” He was also concerned that there will be three residential homes situated in a one family residential area, in addition to the congestion of traffic on a small road – especially since there is another development across the street.

Given that not all councillors were present, he supported deferring a decision on the project.

While saying he was ready to support the application given that the property owner had addressed most of the concerns, Mayor Joe Nowak voted for the deferral.

The issue will return to the council agenda at a later date.

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