PAC Minutes – December 6, 1999

The regular meeting of the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield Planning Advisory Committee was held Monday,  December 6, 1999 at 7:00 p.m. in Room “A”.  Chairman, Larry Chapman conducted the meeting and called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.
1. RECORD OF ATTENDANCE
All Members were present.
2. P.A.C. MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 15, 1999
“…it was moved by Philip Kelly and seconded by Bill McCann to accept the November 15, 1999 P.A.C. Minutes as presented….”
Motion carried.
3. REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 8, 1999
“…it was moved by Ralph Stevens and seconded by Mel Steffens to receive and file the November 8, 1999 Regular Council Minutes….”
Motion carried.
4. CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS
The Members honorarium cheques were given out.  Chairman, Larry Chapman advised the Members that they have been paid up to the end of December.
5.  DECLARATION OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST
No conflicts declared.
6.  DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED NOVEMBER 18, 1999 RE: PERMITTED USE AND VARIANCE FOR HOME OCCUPATION  CHARLOTTE LOHNES – 690 NEREPIS ROAD
A Closed Session discussion was held regarding the above Proposal for a secondary use of a dwelling providing a Home Occupation to open house to the public as a Provincially Registered Historic Site as a private museum, including serving guests light refreshments and/or lobster suppers as an integral extension of the Bed & Breakfast Home Occupation.
The Development Officer informed the Committee that letters were sent out to 14 surrounding property owners, with no correspondence received.
The Committee Members reviewed the Development Officer’s Report, with amendments made to his Recommendations to the Committee.
Present during the Open Session were Eric Lohnes and his son Peter.  Mr. Lohnes submitted to the Committee a letter from his wife, Charlotte Lohnes dated November 30, 1999 giving her husband and son authorization to speak on her behalf.  Mr. Lohnes did not have anything to add.  When asked why he did not rezone the property to Commercial, he advised that he is not interested in a commercial venture.  Peter advised that it is his intent to eventually continue on preserving the family history and expanding the business in the future.
The following motion was then made:
“…It was moved by Philip Kelly regarding Application made by Mrs. Charlotte Lohnes of 690 Nerepis Road that P.A.C., based on the Provincial Designation as a Historic Site, approve the variance on Home Occupations to include a secondary use complimentary to the approved Bed & Breakfast Home Occupation to operate as a Private Museum offering refreshments/meals to guests for compensation, subject to the following:
1. Bed & Breakfast use limited to 2 rooms used for sleeping accommodation for compensation;
2. groups limited in number to 20 persons maximum at any one time.
3. application to and approvals of the Office of the Fire Marshall and the Department of Health, as required by a valid license approved by Economic Development, Tourism and Culture grading authority;
4. no cooking equipment shall be used in any room that is used for sleeping accommodation;
5. no more than one person is to be engaged there as an employee, in addition to members of the family resident in the dwelling unit;
6. no goods or services other than those directly pertaining to the Home Occupation are to be supplied or sold therein or therefrom;
7. no equipment or material used therein is to be stored other than in the dwelling unit;
8. no commercial vehicle being used in connection therewith, and no vehicle of any kind bearing a sign in connection therewith, is to be stored on the lot on which the dwelling containing it is located, except in a wholly-enclosed building;
9. a minimum of three (3) additional parking spaces to be provided in addition to the one (1) provided for each of the 2 bedrooms used in the operation of the Bed & Breakfast and the one (1) required for the dwelling unit;
10. approval of revised Home Occupation to be applicable only to Applicant and family, and shall become void upon cessation of the specified use by the Applicant and therefore is non transferable outside the family;
11. signage is permitted under Section 41 Signs to include the permitted uses indicating Home Occupations, including The Woodshed Tea and Tours and/or Lobster Suppers and Tours;
12. approval is conditional, to the Applicant conforming to a future Heritage Preservation By-law, if and when it comes to be….”
Motion seconded by Ralph Stevens.  Carried.
“…It was also moved by Philip Kelly that P.A.C. recommend Council formally recognize the Provincial designation of Mount Hope Farm in the current revisions to the Municipal Plan By-law and by-laws respecting the Town’s Heritage Policy, by creating a new Heritage Preservation By-law….”
Motion seconded by Ralph Stevens.  Carried.
7. ADJOURNMENT
Ralph Stevens moved to adjourn at 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Laylia Nice,                                                     Larry Chapman,
Secretary                                                         Chairman