Sarnia has tentatively approved a 72-unit subdivision on the north end of the former Bright’s Grove Golf Course.
Final approval is expected once the developer and St. Clair Region Conservation Authority agree on how storm water from flood-prone Cow Creek should be managed, tentatively by April 15.
The Groves Active Lifestyle Community will see eight new single-family homes and 64 condominiums built on the higher part of the 31-acre property, and a nine-hole, par-three golf course on the lower, southern two-thirds.
Council gave the green light following a three-hour public meeting at which more than a dozen residents voiced concerns the new subdivision will impact roads, pedestrian safety and alter the Grove’s cottage-country lifestyle.
Many residents wanted a road built into the new community from New Lakeshore Road, to reduce vehicle traffic and wear and tear on the community’s narrow streets.
But the Conservation Authority nixed that idea, saying in the event of a flood the road would force water to back up into residential areas.
Five local investors first proposed the development six years ago. They have paid for 17 technical studies and reduced the number of units to 72 from 108 following objections about density.
Council voted 7-2 to approve the project in principle, with only councillors Brian White and Margaret Bird opposed.