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Residents Win Fight Against Queensgate Development...For Now

Craig Huckerby for local2 sault ste. marie
September 24th, 2012 at 8:46pm | Last Updated at 9:04pm



queensgate developmentRuscio wants to build a 94 lot subdivision on lands previously known as Queensgate Golf Course off Trunk Road. A planned 94 single home residential subdivision that was to be built on a former golf course was turned down by Sault Ste. Marie city council.

But that doesn't mean that a development won't move forward.

Developer Tony Ruscio's plan of building the subdivision on lands that was once the Queensgate Golf course located in the eastern section of the city could still happen if the developer takes the issue to the Ontario Municipal Board for a ruling.

Chances are Rusicio will get it according to many on council.

After presentations from residents of Queensgate Boulevard were heard , council voted against staff recommendations for approval of the subdivision. Ward 2 Terry Sheehan, Ward Three Pat Mick and Ward 4 Lour Turco voted for the development.

Many of residents spoke of why they bought and built their homes back in 1993, saying they had a promise that the golf course would always abut their properties.

The golf course eventually closed and the land was put into receivership. The golf course has been closed since 2009. The land was purchased by Rusico developments owned by Tony Rusico, a well known businessman and developer in the Sault.

Meetings with the neighbourhood and the developer were started in 2009 , though the developer has always found objection from the residents of Queensgate, a plan was put forth to the city and received recommendation from the City Planner, Don McConnell.

The recommendation came with conditions that the official city plan needed to be amended and the land needed rezoning from parks recreational to residential

Many of council admitted that the plan was solid and by planning standards the developer met conditions, however voted against the development based on remarks made by the residents, some who got emotional talking about their quality of life of living on Queensgate.

The developer can now take the fight to the OMB for a hearing where it is expected based on planning principals would be be granted.

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