PAC Minutes – June 5, 2000

The regular meeting of the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield Planning Advisory Committee was held Monday, June 5, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. in Room “A”.  Chairman, Larry Chapman conducted the meeting and called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
1. RECORD OF ATTENDANCE
All Members were present.
2. P.A.C. MINUTES OF MAY 15, 2000
“…it was moved by Ralph Stevens and seconded by Mel Steffens to accept the May 15, 2000 P.A.C.  Minutes as amended….”
Motion carried.
3. REGULAR COUNCIL MINUTES OF MAY 8, 2000
“…it was moved by Deputy Mayor Black and seconded by James Evans to receive and file the May 8, 2000 Regular Council Minutes….”
Motion carried.
4. CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS
No remarks.
5. DECLARATION OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST
No Conflict of Interest declared.
6. TELEPHONE POLL CONDUCTED MAY 26, 2000 DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED MAY 26, 2000 RE: REQUEST FOR TEMPORARY USE PERMIT FOR SIGNAGE FUNDY FUTURE ECONOMIC BENEFITS COUNCIL 293 NEREPIS ROAD
“…it was moved by Ralph Stevens and seconded by Michael Hare to ratify the above Telephone Poll….”
Motion carried.
7. ITEM TABLED MAY 15, 2000 DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED MAY 30, 2000 RE:     CONSOLIDATION PLAN – HILDA HOWE 67 WOOLASTOOK DR.
A discussion was held in Closed Session regarding the above Consolidation Plan to reconfigure the parcel of land now made up of three lots, to be subsequently divided into two lots.  The Development Officer advised the Committee that he did not have enough information last meeting regarding the location of the easement in question, however, he has since reviewed the proposed easement to his satisfaction.  The Committee concurred with the Development Officer’s recommendation in his report.
Hilda Howe was not present during the Open Session, however, her son and daughter, David Redfern and Frances Oulton were present on her behalf.  Mr. Redfern stated that there was nothing further to add.  There was no one present in favor or against the proposal.
The following motion was then made
“…it was moved by Bill McCann that P.A.C. recommend approval by Council for the acceptance of a municipal service easement to be assumed by the Town, as indicated on the Hilda Howe Tentative Subdivision Plan, dated April 28, 2000….”
Motion seconded by Mel Steffens.  Carried.
8. DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED JUNE 5, 2000 RE: REQUEST FOR VARIANCE PAUL LYNCH – 5 WOOLASTOOK DRIVE
A Closed Session discussion was held regarding the above Request for Variance for the installation of a P2 type sign, requiring a Variance on the side yard set back. The Development Officer advised the Committee that the sign has been up for some time and that the Applicant is now in the process of applying for a Building Permit.  No correspondence was received from surrounding property owners.  The Members concurred with the Development Officer’s recommendations., however, wished to include a condition regarding how the sign is to be mounted, as an alternate option.
Applicant, Paul Lynch was present during the Open Session, and stated he had nothing further to add.  There was no one present in favor or against the proposal.  When asked as to how he plans on mounting the sign, Mr. Lynch advised that he plans on mounting the 4 metal legs on cement blocks.  However, the Committee recommended that he use 2” posts, in an attempt to make the sign look more like a P2 sign and not a temporary sign, to which he agreed.
The following motion was then made:
“…it was moved by Ralph Stevens that P.A.C. grant the following Variance to Paul Lynch for the development of a P2  type sign to be located at 5 Woolastook Drive, NBGIC # 30034276 under the Town’s By-law No. 16, Town of Grand Bay -Westfield Zoning By-law, Division I:
a) under Section 70(3)(g), grant a Variance of 2 metres to reduce the minimum side yard set back from 3.0 metres too 1.0 metres, subject to:
i) the four metal support legs on existing sign be removed or buried below grade;
ii) concrete footings are to be set a minimum of 1.0 metres below grade to  prevent movement/relocation of the sign and anchored to the main structure, or;
iii) the sign to be mounted on two vertical posts anchored to sauna tubes set 1 metre below grade….”
Motion seconded by Deputy Mayor Black.  Carried.
9. DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED JUNE 5, 2000 RE: REQUEST FOR VARIANCE CARL GODIN – 2 MIDWOOD  LANE
A discussion was held in Closed Session regarding the above Request for Variance for the construction of a shed, requiring a variance on the front yard set back.  The Development Officer advised the Committee that the Applicant has already started construction, and was subsequently made aware of the need of a Variance.  No correspondence was received from surrounding property owners.  The Committee concurred with the Development Officer’s recommendation in his report.
Present during the Open Session were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Godin.  Mr. Godin stated that he had nothing further to add.  There was no one present in favor or against the proposal.
The following motion was then made:
“…it was moved by Ralph Stevens that P.A.C. grant the following Variance to Carl Godin for the development of a shed to be located at 2 Midwood Lane, NBGIC # 30156517 under the Town’s By-law # 16, Town of Grand Bay-Westfield Zoning By-law, Division I;
(a) under Section 13(a), grant a Variance of 1.5 metres to reduce the minimum     set back from a street line from 7.5 metres to 6.0 metres….”
Motion seconded by Bill McCann.  Carried.
10. DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED JUNE 5, 2000 RE: TENTATIVE SUBDIVISION PLAN DAVID WILLIAM  SAMBLES – HILLANDALE DRIVE
A Closed Session discussion was held regarding the above Tentative Subdivision Plan  dealing with Lands for Public Purposes.  The Development Officer informed the Committee that the property in question is not located on a sreet built to Town Standards.    There was no correspondence received from surrounding property owners.  The Committee concurred with the Development Officer’s recommendations in his report.
Richard Sambles, brother to David Sambles was present during the Open Session.  Mr. Sambles stated that he is not dealing with the upgrading of the road at this time, only the Subdivision Plan for the creation of one lot, as this is an Estate issue.
The following motion was then made:
“…it was moved by Michael Hare that P.A.C. recommend Tentative and Final Subdivision Approval for the David W. Sambles Subdivision, identified by NBGIC No. 00227603, Hillandale Drive, Plan dated May 18, 2000, subject to:
a) approval by Council for the acceptance of $300.00 (cash, money order, or certified cheque) in Lieu of Land for Public Purposes;
b) addition of note on Final Subdivision Plan, indicating that this is not an approved building lot and development of existing roadway is required for the 1st half of the road frontage to Town Standards prior to a Building Permit being approved for development;
a) Final Plan to include stamp by the Development Officer to caution that this lot has not been approved as a suitable site for an on site sewerage disposal system.  Approval by the District Medical Officer may be required for such an installation….”
Motion seconded by Ralph Stevens.  Carried.
With regard to the road issue, the Chairman recommended to Mr. Sambles that he take this matter up with Council during the meeting when this item is addressed.
11. DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED JUNE 5, 2000 RE: SIMILAR USE APPLICATION FLORENCE CROWE – 183 NEREPIS ROAD
A Closed Session discussion was held regarding the above Similar Use Application to operate a licensed 25 seat restaurant, in combination with commercial retail store.  The Development Officer advised that this similar use is permitted as it is in a Commercial Zone.   Four letters were received from surrounding property owners, all stating no objection to the proposal.  The Committee concurred with the Development Officer’s recommendation in his report.
Present during the Open Session were Applicant Florence Crowe and her husband, along with interested parties.  Mrs. Crowe wished to add that on further talking to the neighbours, she was asked the following:

  • Is liquor allowed to be served at Video Lotto Terminals?  Her reply was; “no, as per  Liquor Licensing Board Regulations”.
  • What would happen if she sold the business?  Her reply was, “the liquor license does not transfer to the other owner, they must apply”.
  • Would liquor be sold during the annual Children’s Christmas Party?  Her reply was, “definitely not, no liquor would be sold during the children’s function”.

Mrs. Crowe advised that this is not a bar.  She stated that she needs to hire a cook to accommodate a larger menu, as she can no longer handle the business herself.  She wishes to expand her snack bar into a 25 seat restaurant at the request of her customers, and thought she would apply for a Liquor License as well at this time  The restaurant would be partioned off from the convenience store area. When asked if she would be putting Video Lotto Terminals in, she advised that she may in the future.
The following surrounding property owners were present.

  • Louisa MacLean – 23 Edgewood Lane

Mrs. MacLean advised that she is not against the proposal, however, had concerns regarding hours of business, increased traffic and access to the mail boxes located near the property.
Mrs. Crowe advised that the restaurant would be open until 10:00 p.m. during the week days and 11:00 p.m. on the week ends.  The mail boxes could be moved but that this is a matter for Canada Post.

  • Shirley James – 5 Brundage Point Road

Mrs. James advised that she is not against the proposal.

  • Doug Smith – Grand Bay-Westfield

Mr. Smith advised that he is a property owner in the area and has grave concerns with regard to increased traffic at that location, and requested that the Committee contact the Department of Transport to look at the area in question, prior to making a decision on the matter.
The following motion was then made:
“…it was moved by Ralph Stevens that P.A.C. grant a Similar Use to Florence Crowe for the development of a 25 seat licensed dining room to be located at 183 Nerepis Road, NBGIC # 00229088, under Section 17 of the Town’s By-law No. 16, Town of Grand Bay-Westfield Zoning By-law, Division II, subject to:
a) seating for licensed restaurant to be restricted to 25 persons;
b)  licensed restaurant area to be divided from the floor area operated as a convenience store, by a minimum 1.2 metre high wall;
c)  alcohol to be served in glasses only;
d) alcohol to be served with meals only;
e) review of plans and inspection/approval of premises by the Office of the Fire Marshall;
f) review of plans and inspection/approval of premises by the Department of Health;
g) licensing to be approved and regulated by the Department of Finance, Liquor Licensing Branch….”
Motion seconded by Michael Hare.
Motion carried with two nay votes.
The Chairman thanked everyone for attending.
12. MEMO FROM TOWN MANAGER DATED MAY 26, 2000 RE:  LAND FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES
“…it was moved by Ralph Stevens and seconded by Michael Hare to receive and file the above memo….”
Motion carried.
13. MEMO FROM DEVELOPMENT OFFICER DATED MAY 31, 2000 RE: MUNICIPAL PLAN BY-LAW MEETING WITH PLANNING BRANCH
A brief discussion was held regarding the above information.
“…it was moved by Mel Steffens and seconded by Ralph Stevens to receive and file the above memo and that the secretary remind the Members of this meeting in the next Agenda….”
Motion carried.
14. ADJOURNMENT
Ralph Stevens moved to adjourn at 8:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Laylia Nice,                                                     Larry Chapman,
P.A.C. Secretary                                             P.A.C. Chairman