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11/5/2018 11:05:03 PM

The residents of Southwold turned an open house on the proposed subdivision in Talbotville into a question and answer meeting on Monday night (November 5). The open house was for the proposal by Farhi Holdings for the green space south of Talbot Line and west of Talbotville Gore Road.
The revised proposal is for 335 residential lots, down 13 from the initial proposal.     Changes to the proposed parkland is the reason for the lot reduction.
Lots initially planned to go along the park are removed in the latest proposal.   
Project Manager and Owner Aldo Caranci says that the new park plan came out of the input from the October 2nd public meeting.

    Caranci says that they feel that they have dealt with all the issues from the initial public meeting that they can control.
Two commercial blocks, a multi-residential block and stormwater management are also included in the proposal.
Members of the newly formed Talbotville Neighbourhood Association forced the shift to question and answer as they did not feel that all of their voices were heard at the first public meeting.
The developer left the meeting when the shift occurred.
Executive for the Talbotville Neighbourhood Association Maureen Bedek says that while they are pleased with the change for the new park space, they are not pleased with what that does for the current Optimist Park.

    Bedek says that they are also pleased that sidewalks and lighting were included in the proposal.
Southwold Mayor Grant Jones says the shift in the meeting took away from some people's opportunity to have their voice heard.

Jones says that they are only mandated to hold one public input meeting on the zoning bylaw amendments needed for the development.
The County of Elgin is the governing body that will make the final decision on the proposal.
That decision has to be made within 180 days of the September 7th application being submitted.   

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