East Fonthill Planned Development
When Dave first became Mayor in 2006, the 450 acres of land in “East Fonthill” were stuck in planning limbo. Dave focused on working with Town Council, the Region, land-owners, business-owners, and residents to complete the planning process and shape our community.
Added in 2000, Developing Now:
When it added 450 acres to the Town’s eastern “Urban Boundary” in 2000, the Ontario Municipal Board guaranteed huge growth for Pelham. What wasn’t certain was the type of growth that would be.
That’s why Dave and Council worked so hard over the last 12 years to ensure that these “East Fonthill” lands be integrated within the existing community, protect sensitive environmental features, benefit existing residents by including public facilities and commercial amenities, and require attractive and pedestrian/cycle-friendly form.
To help achieve this vision, Council approved a Secondary Plan for all of “East Fonthill” and a Site Master Plan for the 54 acres of Town and privately owned lands fronting Regional Road 20. These award-winning Plans allow various uses including medical, retail, retirement, community centre, mixed-use commercial, townhomes, mixed-use residential, parks and trails.
The first phase of the commercial component has taken shape along Regional Road 20. The stores are built and most are spaces are rented. The buildings are purposefully closer to the road to help encourage walkability and slow vehicle traffic. The parking includes designated areas for trees and pedestrians.
The Town donated the use of 2 acres of land to Wellspring Niagara to construct their new Regional Cancer Support Centre. Construction started last fall on the 11,000 square foot facility; it is anticipated to be completed later in 2018.
The Town has sold nearly two acres of land (directly east of the Community Centre) for a new medical centre. This project will become a professional health and medical hub that will draw family physicians, medical specialists, and other health-related services to the community.
The Town also sold 6 acres of land directly north of the Community Centre for seniors apartments, a 140-suite retirement residence, and a 192-bed long-term care facility. In total, it is expected this retirement / long-term-care development would add approximately $60 million in economic development to the Town and could employ 200-250 healthcare and administrative professionals.
The Town also sold 1.5 acres of land to for a 90-unit affordable seniors housing apartment. Two-thirds of units in the apartment are to be affordable housing.
Other lands and uses:
Some of the goals of the East Fonthill Secondary Plan include ensuring a well-designed, attractive, pedestrian-friendly community with a mixture of housing types; encouraging significant retail / commercial development while at the same time protecting the existing Fonthill Downtown; providing a “Greenlands System” that protects existing environmental features and integrates with the Steve Bauer Trail system; and developing a pedestrian / cyclist-friendly and transit-ready road network. These features will become a reality as the East Fonthill area builds out over the next 15-20 years.