The town is requesting about 60 acres of land located in the unincorporated district of Bunbury be added to Stratford for its high school campus.
In November, the town spent about $2.4 million on a chunk of land between Bunbury Road and the Stratford Business Park for what it’s calling a community campus. But part of that chunk is located beyond Stratford's boundary line.
To move forward with the project, Stratford will need a boundary line amendment, which the town's council decided to request during its regular meeting on Jan. 13. This would see two portions of the land not currently within Stratford annexed, as well as a 0.57-acre property not involved with the project.
AT A GLANCE:
• Of the 170 acres Stratford purchased for its community campus, about 30 acres will be sold to the province for the development of a high school.
• About 26 acres will be sold to the town's Business Park Corporation for an expansion.
• About 20 acres of agricultural and wooded area will be retained by the original property owner for development purposes, as per the purchasing agreement with Stratford.
Robert Hughes, the town's chief administrative officer, said the reason for that property – a single two-unit dwelling – being included is that if it weren't it would remain in Bunbury but be surrounded by Stratford.
"That property owner has agreed to bring his property into the town," Hughes said. "Because he'll then be able to be serviced (by the municipality)."
Before Stratford's amalgamation in 1995 there were two Bunburys – one was incorporated into the northern part of Stratford, while the other is only considered a civic addressing community, Hughes said.
Mayor Steve Ogden said there shouldn’t be any implications for any of the adjoining landowners.
“We're basically just bringing this into the town."
Stratford's request will have to go through the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission.
If the amendment is approved, the town's next step is to look at zoning the annexed land accordingly, its Jan. 8 boundary restructuring proposal reads.
Also at the council meeting, Hughes noted a request for a proposal has been sent out to have a consultant develop a master plan for the community campus, with proposals expected back by the end of the month.
"So, we're continuing to move a couple of balls concurrently," he said.
Daniel Brown is a local journalism initiative reporter, a position funded by the federal government. Twitter.com/dnlbrown95