Norfolk council approves new subdivision for Delhi

Norfolk council has given final approval for the development of a new subdivision with 45 single-detached homes in Delhi.

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The Waverly Subdivision, east of Waverly Street, will include 42 lots with a 12-foot frontage and three lots with a 15-foot frontage.

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The property is almost eight acres on vacant land surrounded by light industrial uses to the north, low density residential to the east, and agricultural uses to the west and south.

“This is a good example of residential development infilling,” said Coun. Mike Columbus at a council meeting on Tuesday. There will be access to the subdivision from Waverly Street and from a proposed extension of Brock Avenue.

Most of the small woodlot wrapping around the property is expected to remain.

Mike Pletch, a civil engineer with the applicant, Dillon Consulting Limited, said the hope is to start the project later this year, with potential to have construction of homes underway in 2025.

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Mohammad Alam, Norfolk’s supervisor of development planning, said public input received related to the project included concerns about the impact on wildlife, the aging sewer system and increased traffic during construction.

Concerns were also raised about a possible court order having been issued in the past stating a roadway would not be extended into the property by the Brock Avenue access point. Alam said a search was conducted and no court order was found.

The project also includes the creation of a stormwater management pond, which holds and distributes rain runoff.

Mayor Amy Martin questioned whether ponds are required for every development as the county considers urban boundary expansion.

“This is a very small subdivision to receive its own stormwater management pond,” she said. “I know how much time (county staff) spend going and cleaning them out and maintaining them and that ultimately becomes a cost for the municipality. We can’t be adding one in every single development.”

Brandon Sloan, manager of community development, said part of the county’s master planning includes looking for opportunities to combine ponds and to strategically locate them so they are serving a larger area.

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