The Algonquins of Ontario and Taggart want to build a community called Tewin (which means “home”) using the guiding values of the Algonquin culture. The community could have 35,000-45,000 residents. The cornerstone of the Tewin development plan is a focus on being a One Planet Living community of sustainability.
The joint committee is recommending that council assign 445 hectares to Tewin.
In an evaluation of the land, the city observed there was no nearby water transmission main or sanitary collection system. The ground conditions, which include marine clay, would require all homes to have sump pumps, the city observed.
The city pointed out a “very expensive and challenging construction” for water lines, which would add up to 20 kilometres of pipe.
“During the initial buildout of the community water quality would be a concern, which would result in greater operational costs and significant wasting of water due to the expected system flushing requirements,” the evaluation said.
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There will be no cost to municipal taxpayers for water or wastewater servicing, according to the project team.
As for the delicate soil conditions, the project team said they’re similar to communities like Half Moon Bay in Nepean, Avalon in Orléans, and Eastboro in Navan.
Two engineering firms agreed that “Tewin is capable of being engineered from a geotechnical perspective similar to what has been previously undertaken in those and many other communities,” the project team said, adding that the requirements for sump pumps would be determined through the planning process.
The project team said it would assume costs related to constructing stormwater management facilities while pointing out the One Planet Living philosophy calls for sensitivity to watercourses.
And, the project team believes it has come up with a way to help fund OC Transpo service to and from Tewin.
“The Tewin Transit Strategy commits to excellent transit service, day one, supporting a culture of transit ridership at no added cost to the taxpayer. Tewin will pay for this service through a first-of-its-kind area-specific transit development charge,” the project team said.
The Tewin plan envisions the community to integrate with the larger transit network and become part of an east-end transit loop.
Councillors have heard from residents and advocacy groups about the dangers of allowing development in far-reaching parts of the city. When the joint committee met in May 2020 to consider expanding the urban boundary, it heard from several public delegates warning the city about the cost of urban sprawl.
Council will decide on Feb. 10 if the Tewin lands should be included in the urban boundary expansion as part of a new official plan.
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