A swath of undeveloped land at the north end of the city, on either side of Chemong Rd., will hold enough homes for 6,200 residents beyond 2021, shows a document obtained byThe Examiner.
The draft Chemong Secondary Plan describes what the city needs to do to improve roads and sewer systems to support the growth. It looks at environmental issues. And the city provides an outline on where it would like to locate residential, commercial and park area.
City council members received the plan last week but the city planning department refuses to release the document to the public until sometime next week.
The plan resurrects The Parkway debate.
Without The Parkway extension, the city would need to make a host of other improvements to accommodate the anticipated traffic demands, the plan shows.
The city would need to:
* Widen Parkhill Rd. to four lanes between Water St. and Fairbairn St.
* Widen Water St. to six lanes between Hilliard St. and Carnegie Ave.
* Widen George St. and Water St. to three lanes each between Parkhill Rd. and Hilliard St.
* Widen County Road 19 between Fairbairn St and Hilliard St.
* Realign Cumberland Ave. to meet County Road 19 at Hilliard St
The city has sent the draft plan to agencies such as Peterborough Utilities and the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority for technical comments.
"It's in draft right now," planning division manager Ken Hetherington said. "We just want to fine tune it before we make it available publicly.... It's not a secret. We've got nothing to hide. We're just doing a little bit of fine tuning."
Hetherington refused to comment on the contents of the plan until the document is released to the public, which he said will happen sometime next week.
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SOURCE: BRENDAN WEDLEY , EXAMINER MUNICIPAL WRITER
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