Attainable Housing Project

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The Municipality of Leamington is moving forward with an attainable and affordable housing project on the former Leamington District Secondary School property located at 125 Talbot Street West in Leamington.

Background

In July 2020, Leamington Council approved the purchase of the former high school property to encourage the development of attainable housing to address the current housing shortage in Leamington.

The Municipality retained Dillon Consulting to develop a concept plan to provide the basis for a municipally initiated Zoning By-law Amendment and to guide the preparation of a request for proposals seeking qualified proposals from developers to purchase and develop the former high school lands.

The concept plan provides for a range of housing types and divides the lands into three segments with a total of 293 residential dwelling units.

For project updates, please refer to the news feed section below.


The Municipality of Leamington is moving forward with an attainable and affordable housing project on the former Leamington District Secondary School property located at 125 Talbot Street West in Leamington.

Background

In July 2020, Leamington Council approved the purchase of the former high school property to encourage the development of attainable housing to address the current housing shortage in Leamington.

The Municipality retained Dillon Consulting to develop a concept plan to provide the basis for a municipally initiated Zoning By-law Amendment and to guide the preparation of a request for proposals seeking qualified proposals from developers to purchase and develop the former high school lands.

The concept plan provides for a range of housing types and divides the lands into three segments with a total of 293 residential dwelling units.

For project updates, please refer to the news feed section below.

  • Leamington Council accepts proposal for attainable housing development on former secondary school lands

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    At its meeting of August 15, 2023, Leamington Council accepted the proposal submitted by Amico Properties Inc. (Amico) in connection with the development of attainable housing upon the former Leamington District Secondary School lands at 125 Talbot Street West, Leamington, subject to the terms of the Request For Proposal (RFP) and the relevant statutory approvals processes.

    Concept Plan

    Amico’s preliminary concept plan for the development of the subject lands includes two six-storey apartment buildings, with 95 and 105 units, respectively, for a total of 200 apartment units and 105 townhome units for a project total of 305 dwelling units. All apartment units are designed to be accessible rental units. The townhome units are 2.5 storeys in height, with some accessible units included. All townhome units will be owned. The concept plan also includes a central park area, a smaller parkette around the central mailbox and a daycare building. The concept plan and renderings are shown in Appendix I.

    The development of the subject lands includes the following:

    • A typical street grid commonly found in adjacent neighbourhoods.
    • A gentle transition to higher density, avoiding placing taller buildings directly adjacent to existing single-unit dwellings.
    • Connectivity to east neighbourhoods via John Street and to west neighbourhoods via a new pedestrian path, and to north neighbourhoods via the Leamington Recreational Trail.
    • Enhanced trailhead connection to the Leamington Recreational Trail.
    • A street tree canopy, sidewalk network.
    • Creation of a new neighbourhood park.
    • Short and long-term bicycle parking.
    • Apartment units with an indoor bicycle parking facility.
    • A space reserved to develop a covered transit stop along Talbot Street.


    The proposed development meets the zoning requirements for both building height and density. Parking has been provided at a rate of 1.0 spaces per dwelling unit with a potential for an additional 85 street parking spaces. The park area size at 0.4 acres is slightly less in area than 5 percent or 0.65 of an acre. Any required balance would be satisfied by way of a cash in lieu of parkland contribution.

    Attainable Housing

    The RFP defined attainable housing as housing that costs less than 30 percent of a low to moderate household’s before-tax income. Employment and Social Development Canada defines low income as being below 50 percent of annual median income for an area. Moderate is above 50 percent but less than 80 percent of annual median income for an area.

    According to the Statistics Canada 2021 Census, in Leamington:

    "low income" was approximately $39,500 or below, which translates to accommodation costs, including utilities, as:

    • $11,850 or below, annually
    • $988 or below, per month

    “moderate income” was approximately $63,200 or below, which translates to accommodation costs, including utilities, as:

    • between $11,850 and $18,960, annually
    • between $988 and $1,580, including utilities, per month

    Amico’s proposal indicates that in addition to base rent which for the attainable units will be in accordance with attainable rents at that time, additional rent will include common area maintenance, utilities, and taxes. These costs at the time of occupancy will be factored into the total rent, base and additional, to ensure the total monthly cost is in line with what is deemed the maximum attainable rents allowed at the time of occupancy.

    The proposal indicates that 30 percent of the dwellings will be attainable units.

    Types of Dwelling Units

    This project will have a wide range of unit sizes in order to properly accommodate the many different living accommodations needed within the community. The proposed unit type and count matrix is shown in Appendix II.

    Partners

    Amico has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with each of Habitat for Humanity (“Habitat”) and the Bridge Youth Resource Centre (the “Bridge”). The MOU with Habitat establishes that Amico will make a minimum of 18 lots available to Habitat to construct houses or provide the lots with townhomes constructed on them which Habitat will provide to those families the organization serves. The MOU with the Bridge indicates that Amico will provide rental units for the Bridge to purchase and subsequently rent out on an attainable housing basis. The CF Group is proposed as the property management company once construction is complete.

    Timeline

    Amico has indicated that the project will require a minor variance, approval of a plan of subdivision and three site plan agreements. Amico has suggested that this project will be built out in two phases: the first being the construction of one apartment building and approximately 32 of the townhomes as well as the daycare; and the second being the balance of the development, including the majority of the attainable dwelling units. If the demand is there, it is believed that this project can be built out in three years; however, it is possible that the project may extend to five years. The proposed construction schedule is attached to this Report as Appendix III.

    Next Steps – Agreement of Purchase and Sale

    Amico and the Municipality will enter into an Agreement of Purchase and Sale, which is conditional upon Amico satisfying itself as to the soil and environmental condition of the subject lands within 60 days.

    The Agreement of Purchase and Sale is further conditional upon Amico applying for and obtaining minor variances and entering into a Development Agreement with the Municipality within 180 days. The Development Agreement, in addition to all standard provisions, including the provision of securities to secure the performance of the terms of the Development Agreement, shall reflect the obligations as described in the RFP and Amico’s proposal and shall also include the following provisions:

    • That Amico demolishes all existing buildings located upon the subject lands within 120 days from the execution of the Development Agreement.
    • That the Development Agreement is not assignable by Amico unless the Municipality has consented to the assignment and unless the assignee has in writing covenanted and agreed with the Municipality to assume the obligations imposed under the Development Agreement.
    • That Amico shall not assign any of the responsibility for the construction or maintenance of any works or services to any other person, including any subsequent registered owner of any of the lands, without the consent, in writing, of the Municipality.

    The Agreement of Purchase and Sale will include a requirement that Amico execute and deliver an Option to Purchase the subject lands in favour of the Municipality, free and clear of all encumbrances, at a purchase price equivalent to the purchase price paid for the subject lands, less 10 percent, exercisable in the event that Amico fails to meet its obligations or develop the subject lands as set out in the Development Agreement.

    Next Steps – Development Agreement

    Following the execution of the Agreement of Purchase and Sale, Amico and Administration will commence working through the development approval process as well as the application for a minor variance and site plans as required. Accordingly, Council and the public will have the opportunity to review and comment upon the proposed development throughout the process.

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  • Notice of Adoption of Official Plan Amendment No. 21 and Passing of ZBA No. 271

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    Leamington Council held a public meeting on April 11, 2023 for consideration of Official Plan Amendment (OPA) No. 21 and Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA) No. 271. The applications were approved and By-law No. 22-23 and By-law No. 23-23 were passed by Council.

    The purpose of OPA No. 21 is to amend Schedule ‘A-6B’ Land Use Plan to the Leamington Official Plan (2008) as a mapping change only. OPA No. 21 redesignates the property located at 126 Talbot Street West from ‘Industrial’ to ‘Western Commercial District’. The amendment will allow for the repurposing of the former high school parking lot for commercial uses which will meet the needs of the surrounding neighborhood.

    By-law No. 23-23 changes the zoning of the same property at 126 Talbot Street West from an Industrial (I) Zone to a site-specific Commercial General Holding (C6-14 H) Zone. The new Commercial General Holding (C6-14H) Zone will allow the property to be used for limited commercial uses, including retail stores; grocery stores; offices (professional and medical); personal and other service uses and clinics; and establishes site specific zone provisions for lot coverage and parking. The property will be placed in a Holding (H) Zone until all site servicing and development related matters, including a Heritage Impact Assessment, have been completed to the satisfaction of the Municipality.

    Review the full notice for for more information.

  • Municipality issues Request for Proposal for the Attainable Housing development

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    The Municipality is seeking qualified entities for the development of attainable rental and ownership housing for low to moderate-income households on part of municipal lands known as 125 Talbot Street West Leamington in accordance with the terms of the request for proposal (RFP). The lands are the site of the former Leamington District Secondary School. The RFP closes Monday, April 17, 2023, at 4:00 PM.

    For more information or to submit a proposal, please visit our bids and tenders webpage


  • Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting to Consider a Municipally Initiated OPA and ZBA

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    The Municipality has initiated Official Plan Amendment (OPA) No. 21 and Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA) No. 271 to amend the current land use designation and zoning of the property at 126 Talbot Street West, the former Leamington high school parking lot. The applications seek to repurpose the former high school parking lot for commercial uses which will meet the needs of the surrounding neighborhood. The lands are currently designated for Industrial development in the Leamington Official Plan (2008) and are zoned Institutional (I) under Zoning By-law 890-09, as amended.

    The proposed amendments will redesignate the lands to “Western Commercial District” within the Official Plan and rezone the lands to a site-specific Commercial General (C6) Zone. The proposed site-specific zoning will allow for limited commercial uses, including retail stores, grocery stores, offices (including professional and medical offices), personal and other service uses, clinics, and accessory uses and establish site specific zone provisions for lot coverage and parking. The proposed amendments have been prepared together with several studies prepared by Dillon Consulting Ltd in support of the proposed commercial uses including the following, Functional Servicing Study, Transportation Impact Study and Planning Justification Report. A conceptual plan to provide insight to the possible redevelopment opportunities of the subject property is available for illustration and discussion purposes only.

    Review the full notice for information on how to provide written or verbal comments at the meeting.

    You can view the meeting live at www.leamington.ca/live.

  • Notice of the Passing of a Zoning By-Law Amendment ZBA No. 258 – 125 Talbot Street West

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    At the Public Meeting held Tuesday, July 26, Leamington Council passed Zoning By-law Amendment No. 258 to amend the zoning of the property located at 125 Talbot Street West, the former Leamington District Secondary School, from Institutional (I) to a site specific Residential (R4-10 Holding).

    The new zoning will allow for future residential uses including limited residential supportive uses such as day cares, personal services and community centres. The final design and layout of the property will be determined through the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for development. The RFP process will provide direction on the desired outcomes for the development of the lands in an effort to create housing opportunities within a supportive and complete neighbourhood.

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  • Notice of Public Meeting to Consider a Municipally Initiated Zoning By-law Amendment

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    A public meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 6:00 PM to provide information to Council and the public, as well as to receive input on a proposed zoning amendment for the former Leamington District Secondary School site located at 125 Talbot Street West. The Municipality acquired the property in 2020 to encourage the development of attainable and affordable housing to address the current housing shortage in Leamington.

    The Zoning By-law Amendment application has been initiated by the Municipality to change the current zoning of the property from Institutional (I) to a site-specific Residential (R4) Zone to allow for future mixed-use and residential development. The Zoning By-law Amendment will provide opportunities for residential intensification and includes limited mixed-use opportunities for residentially supportive commercial uses of daycare centres, retail stores, and personal service uses.

    The proposed amendment seeks to permit a range and variety of housing types including low-rise structures such as semi-detached dwellings, townhouses and multi-unit dwellings, as well as apartment-style buildings not exceeding 6 storeys in height. The amendment will also establish site-specific zone provisions for residential parking ratios and zoning provisions for the proposed commercial uses.

    The amendment is being considered together with studies prepared by Dillon Consulting Ltd. in support of the proposed mixed-use residential development including a Functional Servicing Study, storm water management and sanitary servicing briefs, a Transportation Impact Study and a Planning Justification Report. The studies and supporting documentation can be found in the Document section.

    Review the full notice for information on how to provide written or verbal comments at the meeting.

    You can view the meeting live at www.leamington.ca/live.

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