By Barb McKay
Ron Davidson, of Land Use Planning Consultant Inc., attended Kincardine’s planning advisory committee meeting last Wednesday on behalf of
Davidson said the property owner needs the zoning to be changed to the proper zoning because it’s costing him money.
“The owner has found that by not having proper zoning it’s caused problems with his mortgage rates,” he said. “He pays a very high rate and no lending institution will give him a lower rate.”
The building currently operates 22 rooms, most with private washrooms. Under the property’s residential zoning,
Davidson told the committee that tenants have been allowed to use six parking spaces at the nearby Bruce Power training centre at the corner of
Davidson said Daigle was also interested in cash in lieu of parking agreement with the municipality, which would allow tenants to park on the street or in the municipal parking lot off
Paul Rigby, who lives next to the
“What has changed since then?” he asked. “I’ve personally counted 20 cars that have been connected to
Rigby said he has no problem with Daigle and said it’s nice to see the building put to use, but he is concerned about the number of cars that line the street on any given day.
Deputy mayor Anne Eadie, who has relatives who have been residents of
“It’s a busy street at times with the funeral home and the church,” she said. “I don’t think the extra parking should be on the street.”
Mayor Larry Kraemer said he can clearly remember the issue being brought before the committee four years ago, but said at that time the committee didn’t have a unanimous opinion of what to do.
“A lot of towns and villages take payment in lieu,” councillor Jacqueline Faubert interjected. She said the money could be put in a reserve fund for parking lot maintenance or road work.
The committee agreed to change the zoning on the property to reduce the required number of parking spaces, but enforced a holding provision until the parking issue is resolved. The holding provision requires a site plan agreement between the property owner and the municipality to provide additional off-site parking.