PAC Minutes – February 19, 2001

The regular meeting of the Grand Bay-Westfield Planning Advisory Committee was held  February 19, 2001 in Room “A”, 609 River Valley Drive.  Vice-Chairman, Ralph Stevens conducted the meeting and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
1. RECORD OF ATTENDANCE
All Members were present with the exception of Chairman, Larry Chapman.
2. P.A.C. MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 5, 2001 MEETING
“…Bill McCann moved to accept as presented the February 5, 2001 P.A.C. Minutes….”
Seconded by Mel Steffens.  Carried.
3. REGULAR COUNCIL MINUTES OF JANUARY 22, 2001 MEETING
“…James Evans moved to receive and file the January 22, 2001 Regular Council Minutes….”
Seconded by Bill McCann.  Carried…”
4. CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS
The Vice-Chairman advised that Chairman, Larry Chapman is absent due to illness.
5. DECLARATION OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST
No conflict of interest declared.
6. DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED FEBRUARY 8, 2001 RE: TEMPORARY USE PERMIT – WESTFIELD UNITED CHURCH, 133 NEREPIS ROAD
A Closed Session discussion was held regarding an Application for a Temporary Use Permit made by the Westfield United Church to erect temporary signage for fund raisers/special events.
The Development Officer informed the Committee that he has tried to identify all the locations in the area that had requested Temporary Use Permits for signage last year and has sent letters to them requesting that they apply for Permits, with two responses received to date, i.e. Westfield United Church and Westfield School.
There was no one present during the Open Session with regard to this Application.
“…Bill McCann moved that the Planning Advisory Committee grant a Temporary Use Permit for the Westfield United Church to place T-1 temporary low level signs on property located at 133 Nerepis Road, NBGIC No. 00229187 subject to:
a)  conditions set out under section 70 of the Town’s Zoning By-law, Division I and approval by the Development Officer for each application for such signage;
b)  the termination of the development (temporary signage) is required after a maximum of 14 days for each signage permit that is issued, to a maximum of 6 times during the year 2001.
Pursuant to Section 4(2), Division II of the Town’s By-law No. 16, Town of Grand Bay-Westfield Zoning By-law, authorization for the development described above (temporary use) is hereby granted for the period beginning February 20, 2001 and expiring on December 31, 2001.  At the end of each authorized period (temporary signage), you (the Westfield United Church) are hereby required to terminate or remove the development (temporary signage) hereby authorized…”
Seconded by Deputy Mayor Black.  Carried.
7.  DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED FEBRUARY 8, 2001  RE:  TEMPORARY USE PERMIT – WESTFIELD SCHOOL AND WESTFIELD HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIAITON, 150 NEREPIS ROAD
A Closed Session discussion was held regarding an Application for a Temporary Use Permit made by Westfield School and Westfield Home & School Association to erect temporary signage for fund raisers/special events. |
The Development Officer advised that this is similar to the Westfield United Church Application for signage and is made in conjunction with the Westfield Home & School Association.  He further advised that the request is to locate the sign on Town owned property across the street from the school, and has already been approved by Council by Policy # E006.
There was no one present during the Open Session with regard to this Application.
“…Michael Hare moved that the Planning Advisory Committee grant a Temporary Use Permit for the Westfield School and Westfield Home & School Association to place T-1 temporary low level signs on property located at 150 Nerepis Road, NBGIC No. 00211805 subject to:
a)   conditions set out under section 70 of the Town’s Zoning By-law, Division I and approval by the Development Officer for each application for such signage;
b)   the termination of  the  development (temporary signage) is required after  maximum of 14 days for each signage permit that is issued, to a maximum of 6 times during the year 2001.
Pursuant to Section 4(2), Division II of the Town’s By-law No. 16, Town of Grand Bay-Westfield Zoning By-law, authorization for the development described above (temporary use) is hereby granted for the period beginning February 20, 2001 and expiring on December 31, 2001.  At the end of each authorized period (temporary signage), you (the Westfield School and Westfield Home & School Association) are hereby required to terminate or remove the development (temporary signage) hereby authorized…”
Seconded by Bill McCann.  Carried.
8. DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED FEBRUARY 13, 2001 RE:  RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL – RIVER VALLEY FLORIST, RIVER VALLEY DRIVE
A Closed Session discussion was held regarding an Application made by River Valley Florist for P1 Signage Installation, requiring a recommendation to Council.
The Development Officer advised that the Applicant wishes to erect a sign not on his property, but rather on a Municipal right of way next to a legally placed existing non conforming sign and next to a hydro pole.  He further advised that the attached letter from adjacent property owner, Donna Nason,  states opposition to the placement of the sign in front of her property.
Applicant, Gerard Albert and associates were present during the Open Session.  Mr. Albert advised that he wishes to erect the sign on an existing concrete pier used by the previous property owner (Oak Point Investments) back in 1989 on the Municipal right of way.  He feels the sign would not have the same effect if placed in front of his own property.  He advised that his business can be accessed off of Epworth Park Road and from River Valley Drive, by crossing over Ms. Nason’s property.
Present in favor of the Proposal was Florence Crowe, proprietor of Westfield Country Store, 183 Nerepis Road.  She advised that the proposed sign would be an asset, as she feels people in the area are not aware the flower shop is located there.
Present against the Proposal were Donna Nason, and her father, Mr. Guy Nason.  Ms. Nason advised that she is the owner of the property which houses Abbie’s Country Store and Crafts & Upholstery Den.  Ms. Nason reiterated to the Committee all the points she addressed in her letter dated February 14, 2001 against this Proposal.  She feels if Mr. Albert is permitted to erect a 10 foot sign in such close proximity to her sign, it would overshadow hers.  Mr. Nason also spoke to the Committee in opposition to this Proposal.
Following the presentations, it was the consensus of the Committee that this matter could best be resolved if all parties involved got together to discuss the possibility of erecting one sign for the benefit of all the businesses on the property.
“…moved by Bill McCann that the Planning Advisory Committee defer the decision on signage until the next meeting (March 5, 2001), in order to allow the Applicant and other property owners the opportunity to discuss the erection of a dual sign….”
Seconded by James Evans.  Carried.
The Applicant and other interested parties were invited to attend the next meeting to be held Monday, March 5, 2001, when the matter will once again be addressed.
9. DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED FEBRUARY 15, 2001  RE:  TEMPORARY USE PERMIT – GRAND BAY HOME HARDWARE, 277-279 RIVER VALLEY DRIVE
A Closed Session discussion was held regarding Request for a Temporary Use Permit made by Grand Bay Home Hardware to erect a temporary structure (Garden Centre).
The Development Officer advised that this Application is the same as last year, however, the same problem exists, as to the number of parking spaces being taken up by the garden centre structure.  He also advised that there was no sketch submitted with the Applicant depicting the dimensions and exact location of the structure.  Therefore, the Development Officer included a sketch in his report depicting an appropriate location for the structure.
Applicants, Don and Shirley Myles were present during the Open Session.  Mr. Myles advised that he wishes the structure to be placed as in previous years.  A copy of the Development Officer’s sketch for the placement of the structure was given to Mr. Myles for his perusal.
There was no one present in favor or against this Application.
“…moved by Mel Steffens that the Planning Advisory Committee Table this item to the next meeting (March 5, 2001), in order for the Applicant to submit a sketch depicting the actual size of the structure and the exact number of parking spaces that would be affected….”   Seconded by Bill McCann.  Carried.
Mr. and Mrs. Myles were thanked for making Application so early in the year and were invited back to attend the March 5, 2001 meeting, when the matter will once again be addressed.
10. ADJOURNMENT
“…moved by Michael Hare to adjourn at 8:40 p.m.….”
Seconded by Bill McCann.  Carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Laylia Nice,                                                              Ralph Stevens,
P.A.C. Secretary                                                      P.A.C. Vice-Chairman