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Minutes: August 11, 2015 Zoning By-Law Public Meeting

TUESDAY AUGUST 11, 2015 @ 7 p.m.
This public meeting was held this date in the Calvin Community Centre under the authority of Section 34 of the Planning Act for the purpose of considering proposed amendments to the Zoning By-law of the Municipality of Calvin.
Present were: Deputy Mayor Pennell, Coun Adams, Coun Edwards, Coun O’Connor, Glenn Tunnock; Planner, Ken Brewitt; Fire Chief/Project Manager/Building Inspector & Lynda Kovacs; Clerk-Treasurer.
Regrets: Mayor Brown
Guests: 12
The meeting was called to order by the Deputy Mayor at 7:00 pm.
No pecuniary/conflict of interest declared.
Welcoming Remarks from Deputy Mayor Pennell
Deputy Mayor Pennell welcomed all attendees to the Public Meeting held under authorization of Section 34 of the Planning Act and advertised in accordance with the requirements of the Act.
The purpose of the meeting was explained – to consider a zoning by-law amendment to rezone lands from Rural to Rural special Exception on part of Lot 21 Concession 1 in order to permit the development of a Microbrewery, eatery and associated eco-tourism uses. Guests were instructed that time would be provided for the Planner; Glenn Tunnock, to make a presentation and then anyone wishing to speak in favour of, followed by anyone wishing to speak contrary to the proposed zoning by-law amendment, would have opportunity to make a presentation and were advised that they must provide name and address to the Clerk in order to be entitled to appeal the decision of Council to the Ontario Municipal Board.
Glenn Tunnock; Planner, Tunnock Consulting Ltd.
Mr. Tunnock made a presentation outlining the proposed amendments to the Zoning By-law for the Municipality of Calvin. He explained that the application was filed on April 21, 2015 and was deemed to be complete pursuant to the Planning Act on July 16, 2015.
The subject lands were identified as a 1.5 hectare section being part of Lot 21, Concession 1 Calvin Township, currently occupied by two existing buildings which were part of the former farming operation of the property. One of the buildings, a former horse shelter, is to be demolished. The subject lands are otherwise vacant and open.
Surrounding land uses on the property include the applicant’s residence and a commercial recreational use (subject of earlier rezoning of 8 ha in 2013) to house yurts for tourism purposes. The parent property fronts Highway 630 and it is proposed that access to the subject lands will be provided by that existing entrance.
The proposal is to develop a microbrewery as an anchor to an evolving eco-tourism business. Production is to evolve from 120L in 2015-2016 every two weeks to 1200L in 2017 every two weeks. The proposed plan also includes a greenhouse, eatery and tourism retail outlet. The floor area of the proposed microbrewery is to be 35 m² and the greenhouse floor area is to be 145 m². Both buildings will be 1 story in height and some 25 parking spaces will be provided. The proposal may include re-establishment of the buffalo farm which previously existed.
The proposed uses within the Rural Settlement Area conform to the intent of the Official Plan.
The lands are currently designated as Rural Settlement Area which permits commercial uses which cater to the tourist industry subject to meeting certain criteria. A review of the Official Plan indicates that the intent of the policies will be maintained. Lands have access to Highway 630, however, MTO has commented that certain conditions must be met by the applicant, including applying for Entrance Permit.
A sewage treatment system has been engineered to properly treat the wastewater and has been approved by the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) as adequate to treat the effluent discharged from the microbrewery. A Sewage Permit has been secured from the NBMCA, with conditions, which must be met by the applicant as the development of the proposed uses evolves.
There are no issues with respect to impacts on mineral extraction, mining or agriculture and no natural heritage features affected by this application.
It has been established that there is sufficient water supply for the proposed use without excessive demand on that resource.
Mr. Tunnock is of the opinion that the application is fully consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement.
Conclusion is that the proposed application meets the requirements of the East Nipissing Official Plan and that the application for rezoning be approved subject to meeting the submitted MTO conditions.
Those in Favour
Stan Gibson – 2137 Hwy 630 spoke briefly on behalf of the Gibson family
  • Thank you to staff for all of the assistance in getting the Zoning By-law Amendment application to this point as it can be a long and frustrating undertaking at times
  • The proposal is to create a viable livelihood, especially for the Gibson’s adult children going forward, and also to potentially create employment for others in the area
  • The Council of the Municipality could be more involved in creating employment opportunity in Calvin
  • The yurt has proven very successful to date, fully booked and wishing they could quickly add two or three more immediately to accommodate the bookings
Bart Castelyn – 644 Hwy 630
  • Very supportive of the project
  • Good to see someone taking the initiative to start a new business in this area , it is much needed as the area has been “depressed” for quite some time with loss of local employment
Irene Pellerin – 40 Bronson Lake Rd.
  • Irene and Ernie Pellerin own the vacant land adjacent (across Hwy 630) from the subject lands
  • They are “OK” with the proposed project provided it does not infringe on them. Mrs. Pellerin voiced that a previous owner had undertaken a project for which the Pellerins were billed some of the costs. The Clerk asked for permission to speak in order to clarify that those costs were associated with Municipal Drain #6 improvements and that costs associated with Municipal Drains are billed out on an established percentage basis to properties attached to the Municipal Drain. This will continue and is not related to this proposed project. The Pellerins were invited to come in to the municipal office to review and discuss the Municipal Drain #6 and its benefitting properties with the Clerk.
None opposed.
Deputy Mayor Pennell then thanked everyone for their valuable comments and for their interest in coming out to this Public Meeting.
Resolution to Adjourn  #2015-030
Moved by Coun O’Connor and seconded by Coun Adams that this public meeting, held for the purpose of hearing and reviewing the details of, and for providing opportunity for oral or written submission, from the Public and from other affected agencies, either in support of, or objection to, the Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBLA) application pertaining to Lot 21 Concession 1 Calvin Township (Gibson), to rezone a 1.5 ha piece of land from Rural (RU) Zone to Rural special Exception (R-X1) Zone in order to permit a micro-brewery and associated tourism uses, now be adjourned at 7:34 p.m.
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