MANOTICK DEBATES PROPOSED NEW SUBDIVISION

IT WAS A LIVELY A LIVELY CROWD OF MORE THAN A HUNDRED PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED AN INFORMATION SESSION ON A PROPOSED NEW SUBDIVISION ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF MANOTICK.   RIDEAU GOULBOURN COUNCILLOR SCOTT MOFFATT, CITY STAFF AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DEVELOPER, REGIONAL GROUP,  HOSTED THE EVENT THURSDAY, JAN. 19TH AT THE MANOTICK ARENA.  

THE THE DEVELOPER WANTS TO BUILD 85 UNITS JUST SOUTH OF THE VILLAGE ON A PARCEL OF FARMLAND ALONG THE RIDEAU RIVER,  30 DETACHED HOMES AND 54 BUNGALOW TOWNHOUSES, INCLUDING FIVE WATERFRONT LOTS, AND PARK SPACE.   THE NEW DEVELOPMENT IS AIMED PRIMARILY AT AN AGING SENIOR POPULATION.

 MOST WHO ATTENDED SAID THEY WELCOME SOME DEVELOPMENT, BUT WERE UNIVERSALLY OPPOSED TO THE NUMBER OF UNITS PROPOSED, SAYING IT'S TOO HIGH DENSITY FOR THE AREA.   MOST EXPRESSED FEAR THAT IT WOULD HURT THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THOSE ALREADY LIVING IN THE PRIMARILY RURAL AREA, AND THAT INCREASED TRAFFIC ALONG RIDEAUVALLEY DRIVE WOULD MEAN MORE CONGESTION AND PARKING PROBLEMS IN THE VILLAGE.  .  

CITY STAFF AND REGIONAL GROUP WILL REVIEW COMMENTS FROM AREA RESIDENTS.  NO PROMISES WERE MADE THAT COMMUNITY INPUT WILL RESULT IN CHANGES TO THE SUBDIVISION PLAN.