PAC Minutes – March 5, 2001

The regular meeting of the Grand Bay-Westfield Planning Advisory Committee was held  March 5, 2001 in Room “A”, 609 River Valley Drive.   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 with the exception of Michael Hare, who left a message at the Town Office advising that he would not be attending.
2. PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 19, 2001
“…Mel Steffens moved to accept as presented the February 19, 2001 Planning Advisory Committee Minutes….”
Seconded by Bill McCann.  Carried.
3. REGULAR COUNCIL MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 12, 2001
“…Ralph Stevens moved to receive and file the February 12, 2001 Regular Council Minutes….”
Seconded by Deputy Mayor Black.  Carried.
4. CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS
No remarks.
5. DECLARATION OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST
No conflict of interest declared.
6. ITEM TABLED FEBRUARY 19, 2001 P.A.C. MEETING  RE:  RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL RIVER VALLEY FLORIST – RIVER VALLEY DRIVE
The Development Officer submitted to the Committee his memo dated March 5, 2001 regarding the above application.   During the Closed Session discussion, the Development Officer advised that to date, Applicant, Gerard Albert and Ms. Nason have not reached an agreement to erect a joint sign.
Applicant, Gerard Albert was present during the Open Session and advised the Committee of the following:

  • he wishes to erect the sign on an existing concrete pier;
  • submitted to the Committee a picture of the proposed location.

It was stated to Mr. Albert that prior to Council’s approval, the Department of Transportation would also be required to grant approval.
Speaking in favor of the proposal once again was Florence Crowe, proprietor of Westfield Country Store, 183 Nerepis Road.  She advised that just recently  she has heard of people inquiring if there was a flower shop in the area. Therefore, a sign is needed.
Speaking against the proposal were Donna Nason, and her father, Mr. Guy Nason who stated the following to the Committee:

  • Ms. Nason is not in favor of a joint sign;
  • Mr. Albert has three other options as to where he could erect a sign;
  • the owner of  Abbie’s Country Store is not interested in being included  in a joint sign;
  • a precedent could be set if the sign is allowed on the right-of-way.

The following motion was then made:
“…Mel Steffens moved that the Planning Advisory Committee not recommend to Council to erect a Type–1 Permanent Sign proposed by River Valley Florist for the specified proposed location on the Municipal right-of-way in front of NBGIC No. 00088880….”
Motion seconded by James Evans.  Carried
The Applicant and all other interested parties were thanked for attending.
7. ITEM TABLED FEBRUARY 19, 2001  MEETING RE:  TEMPORARY USE PERMIT – GRAND BAY HOME HARDWARE, 277/279 RIVER VALLEY DRIVE
The Development Officer submitted to the Committee his memo dated March 5, 2001 regarding this application.  During the Closed Session discussion, it was noted that to date, Mr. Myles had not submitted additional information, as requested.
Applicants, Don and Shirley Myles were present during the Open Session.  Mr. Myles presented to the Committee his proposal depicting the location and dimensions of the garden centre.  He advised that in his opinion only two parking spaces would be totally taken up by the structure, as there would be space available behind the garden centre to park.
There was no one else present speaking in favor of or against this Application.
The following motion was made:
“…moved by Bill McCann that the Planning Advisory Committee grant a Temporary Use Permit to Donald G. Myles Ltd., for the erection of a temporary structure to be used as a Garden centre between April 1, 2001 and August 1, 2001, to be located in the parking lot located at 277/279 River Valley Drive, NBGIC No. 00219089/00090266/00090258, subject to:
a) the use including the structure to be confined to a total of 600 square feet, with no product being placed outside the temporary structure on the south or west side;
b) no more than four permanent parking spaces be lost in the location of the temporary structure;
c) a Building Permit Application being received by the Town prior to the erection of the building;
d) staff parking be limited to the St. John Anglican Church property during the authorized period.
Pursuant to Section 5 (2) of the Town’s Zoning By-law No. 16, Division I, authorization for the development described above (Garden Centre), is hereby granted for the temporary period beginning April 1, 2001 and expiring on August 1, 2001.  At the end of the authorized period, you (Donald G. Myles Ltd.) are hereby required to terminate or remove the development hereby authorized….”
Motion seconded by Mel Steffens.  Carried.
Mr. and Mrs. Myles were thanked for attending.
8. DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED FEBRUARY 27, 2001 RE:     REQUEST FOR VARIANCE HARVEY NORTHRUP – 713 NEREPIS ROAD
A Closed Session discussion was held regarding a Request for Variance to construct a newly detached garage, requiring variances on the height and area.
The Development Officer advised that the variances requested are not excessive, however, due to the size and height of the proposed new garage, the surrounding property owners have concerns that the Applicant will be conducting an automotive type business from this garage.
Applicant, Harvey Northrup was present during the Open Session and advised the Committee of the following:

  • the ceiling of his present garage is 7½ ft. high, and the new garage would be 12 ft. high,
  • the floor of the new garage would be on the same level as the existing   garage;
  • he requires the extra height in order to install an electric hoist to work on his vehicles (automotive transmission repairs);
  • the garage doors would be 9 ft. wide, with one door being 8 ft. high and the other 10 ft. high.

Speaking in opposition was Melvin Mersereau of 709 Nerepis Road. Mr. Mersereau expressed his concerns with regard to possible oil contamination as the result of Mr. Northrup conducting an automotive type business from this garage.
Mr. Northrup stated that at this time, he only wishes to use the garage for storage and to work on his own vehicles, and that he will be installing an oil separator to deal with this problem. However, he is not ruling out the possibility of operating a business from this garage in the future.  The Committee informed Mr. Northrup that they had concerns with regard to an automotive type business being conducted from his residence and that in order for him to do so, he would have to apply to rezone, as this area is zoned R-1 (Residential).
The following motion was then made:
“…moved by Ralph Stevens that the Planning Advisory Committee deny this application, Re: Request for Variance, Harvey Northrup – 713 Nerepis Road….”
Motion seconded by Deputy Mayor Black.  Carried.
9. ADJOURNMENT
“…moved by Ralph Stevens to adjourn at 8:40 p.m.….”
Seconded by Bill McCann.  Carried.

Respectfully submitted,

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