A report addressing where developers can build on their own lands is due this fall in Bracebridge.
Councillor Lori-Lynn-Giaschi-Pacini has requested it out of concern for what she sees as overbuilding throughout the town.
Currently if a developer owns an acre of land, they can put 24 units on it in Bracebridge, even if half that acre is ‘unbuildable land’ IE: Not conducive to development.
“I want the Town to not only look at land which you own, but the buildable portion of it,” says Giaschi-Pacini (left). “If you have an acre and half of it is wetlands or high cliffs or flood plains – unbuildable land – then you should only be able to build 12 units, instead of trying to cram 24 units on half an acre.”
The councillor says some developers are being allowed to build to the maximum allowable amounts per today’s rules in Bracebridge, even though portions of their land is not completely buildable.
“Another of the reasons why we really need to look at these types of policies is the ‘secondary unit as of right’, because then 40 allowable units can turn into 80 units overnight,” she says.
“I think we are ruining our town by cramming it full of developers wishes instead of what is appropriate and what fits for our town and our quaintness and our infrastructure,” – Councillor Lori-Lynn Giaschi-Pacini.
The report, requested most recently during this year’s budget deliberations, is to be brought back before council by the end of September.
“I’m going to fight for (the changes) at the table, because I really feel we are overbuilding,” says the councillor.