Essa supports realignment, but at no cost to Township
Essa has no issues with the planned realignment of 10 Sideroad in New
Tecumseth with the 6th Line at Hwy 89 as part of the approximate 1,900
unit Belterra/Treetops development in Alliston.
All its requesting for support "in principle" is to be part of the
design detail review loop, and that the project not cost the township
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) wants the
planned realignment moved up in the phasing order so that it's
completed next year.
In a Sept. 20 email to Essa Township CAO Greg Murphy, Gary
Templeton, planning consultant to Cable Bridge Enterprises, explains
that despite the developer's intention to build-out starting from the
south (14th Line) to the north (Hwy 89), "MTO are pressing for
intersection improvements at Highway 89 to occur early in the building
design of planned realignment of 10 SR with 6th Line of Essa.
"The developer is willing to undertake that and has already undertaken
some preliminary functional design work for discussion with MTO,"
writes Mr. Templeton. "The strategy will be to undertake detailed
design work and receive approval in 2013 and to construct the
improvements (including signalization) before the end of the same year.
The developer expects to receive development charge credits from the
Town of New Tecumseth for the cost of undertaking the improvements."
In his report to council on Wednesday night's agenda, Mr.
Murphy suggests the "proposed intersection improvement work will allow
for improved and safer
opportunities for Essa's residents to enter or leave Hwy. 89."
Because this new intersection will include traffic lights, it's not
clear at this point whether that will impact the proposed traffic
signals at the Nottawasaga Resort/Green Briar community entrance at Hwy
It's expected that work on the 6th Line portion will be minimal.