Maxville medieval park plan clears hurdle
BY ANGELA BROWN
Staff A new attraction near Maxville is closer to becoming a reality now that North Glengarry Township has given the go-ahead to an archery-tag game park and medieval village, pending approval of a site development plan.
At its recent meeting, township council agreed to change the zoning for the 55-acre property at 18350 Kenyon Concession Road 5 from agricultural to agricultural special exception, allowing owners Daniel Ducheneaux and Katherina Stark to use the property for a commercial tourism project.
The project should have only minimal impact on the natural, rural environment. However, the municipality noted the business must receive approval from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit for any activities where food items are sold and to ensure water quality at the site meets required standards.
The township must OK the septic system and a site development plan that will include details about the hours of operation, parking requirements, and a list of animals that will make up the “animal interaction” centre. The proponents require a green light from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) for the animal interaction site, show they are following health and safety regulations, and conduct traffic and noise studies. The owners, who will continue to live on the site, will also work at the venture that will help “boost the economy by creating jobs,” according to their proposal. Apart from the petting area, attractions will consist of a re-enactment battle field, an archery tag zone, a separate archery field, a medieval village and re-enactment centre, farm produce and medieval merchandise outlet, and a venue for plays, weddings, and social functions. In the 100-foot by 50-foot archery tag venue, players will use foam-tipped arrows and wear protective masks. Customers will be able to purchase fruits, vegetables, eggs and other produce from the farm, as well as products from the medieval merchandise outlet. Vendors will sell medieval-style clothing and accessories, such as swords, jewellery, arts and crafts.