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Are proposed apartment buildings, townhouses in Newmarket a good idea?

Have your say as the town starts virtual planning meetings during coronavirus
June 25, 2020
Lisa Queen

Do you think Newmarket council should allow two four-storey apartment buildings and nine stacked townhouses on Charles and Prospect streets?

You can give your opinion as the town begins, as of June 29, to hold virtual public planning meetings during the coronavirus pandemic.

This alternate form of meeting will allow residents to engage in discussions about proposed applications from their own homes, the town said in a statement.

The purpose of these meetings is to allow the public to learn about development applications and provide their feedback.

Meetings over the summer will be held June 29 and July 27 at 1 p.m., as part of council meetings.

No decisions on planning applications will be made at these meetings and all information will go to planning staff to consider.

At the June 29 meeting, council will consider a proposal to build 42 apartment units in two four-storey buildings at 49 Charles St. and 52 Prospect St. and a further nine stacked townhouses in a three-storey building at 55 and 59 Charles St.

All meetings will be livestreamed and broadcast at An archived video recording of the meeting will also be available online after the meeting.

Residents are encouraged to get involved in the planning process by submitting written comments or participating in a live deputation through video conferencing during the meeting. To learn more about how to get involved, email and include your contact information (name and phone number).

Residents who would like more information on the topics being discussed at the virtual public planning meetings can email or visit

For a full list of upcoming town meetings, visit