Port Stanley Foodland
Remax Sales Richard and Helen Haddow
Molly Maid
Kettle Creek Inn
Jeff Yurek, MPP
Port Stanley News.com

Port Stanley News RSS Feed  News Central Elgin Planning Applications for Monday, January 27th, 2020

News

by Doug Harvey

Central Elgin Planning Applications for Monday, January 27th, 2020

Committee of Adjustment

1. 6:45 p.m. - COA 1-20 Velestuk, 146 Wintermute Court

Background - The applicants recently constructed a 2.46 m x 3.8 m storage shed within the westerly exterior side yard of the subject lands that does not conform to the Zoning By-law. The proposed variance is requested to bring the existing shed into conformity with the Zoning By-law.

Requested Variance:
(i) To permit an accessory building 0.5 m from an exterior lot line, whereas Subsection 5.1.2(c) of the Village of Belmont Zoning By-law No. 91-21 requires an accessory building to be setback a minimum of 6 m from the exterior lot line.

No correspondence was received and no one from either the Council or the public had any questions.

The Requested Variance was granted.

ElginCentives

1. 6:55 p.m. - Notice of Public Meeting - proposed amendments to Elgincentives Community Improvement Plan for the Municipality of Central Elgin.

Background - The purpose of the meeting is for the Council to hear comments on the proposed amendments to the Elgincentives Community Improvement Plan for the Municipality of Central Elgin.

The existing Elgincentives Community Improvement Plan for the Municipality of Central Elgin was adopted in 2015 and provides a framework for encouraging the rehabilitation and improvement of private lands and buildings in key locations throughout the Municipality. The Community Improvement Plan provides policies that enable Council to offer financial incentives to private property owners, which currently apply to commercial, mixed-use, and tourism-related land uses. These incentives are intended to encourage property owners to improve the appearance of their lands and buildings, which ultimately benefit residents and visitors within the Municipality.

The proposed amendment to the Community Improvement Plan would permit employment and industrial land uses as land uses eligible for the financial incentives programs. In addition, financial programs have also been proposed for the rehabilitation and redevelopment of brownfield sites (contaminated lands requiring remediation prior to development). The amendment applies to the existing Community improvement Project Area, which includes the whole of the Municipality.

This revised set of financial incentive programs may be available to eligible owners/tenants in the Community improvement Project Area and are intended to stimulate private sector investment in land and buildings. The Municipality of Central Elgin may provide up to $8,000 in funding for any of the following incentive programs during the term of this CIP, subject to the availability of Municipal and County resources:

  • A Tax Increment Equivalent Grant for Major Projects and Brownfield Developments;
  • A Facade, Signage, and Property Improvement Grant;
  • A Building improvements Restoration Grant;
  • A Building Conversions Expansion Grant;
  • An Energy Efficiency Retrofit Grant;
  • An Outdoor Art Grant;
  • A Feasibility, Design, and Study Grant;
  • An Application and Permit Fees Grant;
  • A Multiple Property Owners Supplemental Grant;
  • A Savour Elgin/Elgin Arts Trail Supplemental Grant;
  • The Environmental Study Grant; and
  • Brownfield Tax Assistance Program.

A complete copy of the Central Elgin Elgincentives 2019 is available here.

No correspondence was received and there were no questions from Council or the public. The Public Meeting was then concluded, and the actions of Council on the Proposed Zoning Amendment will be considered at a future meeting of Council.

Zoning By-law Amendments

1. 7:10 p.m. - Hensels, 349 George Street

Background - The subject lands are located on the north side of George Street, between Front Street and Sydenham Street. They have approximately 121.27 metres (397.87 feet) of frontage and are approximately 1.17 hectares (2.91 acres) in lot area. Municipally known as 349 George Street, they may be legally described as being Plan 117, Lots 5 to 7, geographic Village of Port Stanley, now Municipality of Central Elgin.

The applicants are proposing to amend the Official Plan designation and zoning on the subject lands to permit residential development. Specifically, the owners are looking to allow for the severance of a lot to the west of the existing residential dwelling for future development. The lands are designated natural heritage and natural hazard and are zoned a site-specific Residential (R1-69) zone which is facilitating the need for a zoning by-law amendment application.

Correspondence was received by two local residents opposing this new development as the village would be losing natural hazard land, a natural wildlife habitat area, and the unusual, and old-fashioned quaintness of the village. Concerns of the slope stability and loss of vegetation were also mentioned. Agent for the applicant was in attendance seeking support for this application to allow for the severance of a lot to the west of the existing residential dwelling for future development. Numerous studies have been undertaken including an environmental impact assessment which determined that there were no negative impacts to the natural heritage area due to the proposed severance, a geo-technical study in 2017 to identify where development could safely take place, and a traffic study which identified that there were no issues with the site plans on the west side of the property.

A complaint from an adjacent landowner dealt with a substantial increase in water seeping into his yard from the subject property since the original development occurred that resulted in several trees being cut down and was worried about what will happen if this new proposal goes ahead when current drainage plans from the original development are not working. Agent for the applicant indicated that as a condition of the consent application lot grading and drainage will be addressed on the existing property or on the proposed lots.

Planner Mr. McClure indicated that a wooded area would be considered as a designated natural heritage area if that area contained trees, flora and fauna, and that a natural hazard area would typically contain steep slopes or flood plains. Mr. McClure also indicated that any condition concerns on the proposal were premature until a final severance decision from the land division committee was made.

Mr. Perrin indicated that the original development had a drainage control plan that dealt with storm water control on the property that included a side yard swale on the west side of the development and that the current increase in water seeping into an adjacent property might be caused by very wet recent weather.

Mayor Martyn commented that when the Official Plan was being revised natural heritage and natural hazard areas were to be discouraged from being developed. That was the point for designating these areas into the plan. When you clear trees you remove the water retention ability of the ground to hold water. The more trees you remove the more surface water you end up with. Mr. Perrin indicated that the swale was on the new lot and that a new drainage plan would have to show how this new lot fits in with the existing grading. Additional grading will also be required on the existing house that's already built there. So the two lots will end up totally separated.

The Public Meeting was then concluded, and the actions of Council on the Proposed Zoning Amendment will be considered at a future meeting of Council.

2. 7:20 p.m. - Kostendt, 403 Stanley Park Drive

Background - The subject lands, are located on the north side of Stanley Park Drive, have approximately 18 metres (59 feet) of frontage and are approximately 0.057 hectares (0.14 acres) in lot area. Municipally known as 403 Stanley Park Drive, they may be legally described as being Plan M61, Lot 8, geographic Village of Port Stanley, now Municipality of Central Elgin.

The applicants are proposing to rezone the subject lands to permit an accessory dwelling unit within the newly constructed two-storey residential dwelling. The lands are currently zoned a site-specific Residential (R1-28) zone which is facilitating the need for a zoning by-law amendment application.

No correspondence was received and no one from either the Council or the public had any questions. The Public Meeting was then concluded, and the actions of Council on the Proposed Zoning Amendment will be considered at a future meeting of Council.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 January 2020 12:20:01 PM EST

Follow Us

Monday, February 17, 2020 | | Welcome Guest !

Copyright © 2004 - 2020 Port Stanley News.com All Rights Reserved ISSN 1718-8695