Haldimand County Council Briefs
Below is news from Haldimand Council. All decisions were made at the May 9 Council in Committee meeting and then ratified at the May 15 Council meeting. Topics that were previously reported in The Press are not on this list.
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Year-Round Residential Use
Council voted unanimously toward permitting year-round residential use on lands zoned only seasonal residency. The applicant is zoning the land so they many reside permanently. The subject lands are located on the south side of Lakeshore Road and is surrounded by agriculture to the north and seasonal residence, some of whom have been permitted permanent residency.
Rezoning of Agricultural Lands to Residential
The request to rezone the Hamlet on Nelles Corners from Agricultural to residential was voted for it unanimously on August 22. The land is currently vacant.
Permit to Use Garden Suite
Council voted 5-1 over the temporary use of a garden suite on a property located on the east side of Rattlesnake Road. The suite was permitted on the property years ago, however the permit expired in 1999 without the acknowledgement of the resident. The suite remains occupied by the same resident who wishes to extend the permit for three years for aging parents. Council members were concerned about whether or not this should be addressed as a permanent residency however, chair explained how this residency would not exceed past three years.
From Hazard To Home
The applicant was looking to rezone a section of their already owned property as residential from hazard land for future residential development. The back portion of the property was zone hazard land due to flooding from the Grand River. Council voted unanimously toward allowing the rezoning.
Unfreeze Lands For Expansion
Council voted unanimously toward allowing a special provision to be made so the existing Parkview Meadows retirement home facility in Townsend can continue on with its expansion. The expansion is looking to add 37 additional residential units, a dining area and additional parking. The lands are currently frozen and transferring the lands to the retirement home would remove the responsibility of upkeep from the county.
Establishing a Temporary Use
A proponent came toward Council in asking for forgiveness as he was unaware of policies for secondary residency on a piece of land. The original building was originally being built for his business, however, after medical issue with the family he started to create a loft apartment. After inspectors told him he was unable to complete his project he learned he had to come to council for approval. Council approved his temporary use of two years on the property 7-0.
Half Marathon and 5k In Caledonia
Council decided in a 6-1 vote to deter the decision to approve the Grand Caledonia Half Marathon and Harvest 5K route and road closure until Monday, August 28. Council is concerned about closing the main street of Argyle and blocking off businesses on a Saturday morning. Council requested that the committee behind the races go to businesses to see whether they are OK with the closure.
Expansion of Bed and Breakfast
Council approved unanimously for a Community Improvement Plan for the expansion of a Bed and Breakfast located at 446 Caithness Street East, Caledonia. The approved grant will fund up to $16,286 to complete improvements and restorations on the property such as commercial roofing.
A request of $15,205 from the Community Improvement Plan was accepted unanimously for a property in downtown Dunnville. The CIP will help improve the outside of the building that currently holds the Dunnville Chamber of Commerce and Good Looks Hair Design and Day Spa.
A company has asked to establish a condominium in Dunnville. The current renters are being allowed to remain to rent which council agreed shows compassion to those who could not afford the condo rent. Council approved the request to move further with the plans 6-0.
Ambulance Response Times
The Ambulance Response Times for 2017 were reviewed and a plan for 2018 was put in place during the August 22 council meeting.