OMB to hold hear­ing over minigolf site

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - JOELLE KOVACH Ex­am­iner Staff Writer [email protected] pe­ter­bor­ough­

A lo­cal de­vel­oper's plan to build four com­mer­cial build­ings – in­clud­ing a gro­cery store — on the same large prop­erty that now houses Mill­town Mini Golf is ex­pected to be the sub­ject of a two-week hear­ing in Jan­uary be­fore the Lo­cal Plan­ning Ap­peal Tri­bunal (LPAT).

LPAT is the new tri­bunal that re­cently re­placed the On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board (OMB).

The Mill­town prop­erty mat­ter was last heard at City Hall at an ini­tial meet­ing in May, be­fore ad­ju­di­ca­tor Lau­rie Bruce.

At that time, an­other meet­ing was set for Dec. 10; un­less a set­tle­ment was reached by then, the mat­ter would go to a full hear­ing sched­uled for the week of Jan. 21, 2019 as well as the fol­low­ing week.

On Fri­day, plan­ning staff at City Hall said the meet­ing for Dec. 10 was can­celled and the full hear­ing is go­ing ahead in Jan­uary.

At the meet­ing in May, a con­cept plan was shown with four com­mer­cial build­ings: three to the west of Chap­ters and the LCBO, and a fourth much larger build­ing to the south­west, plus 492 park­ing spots.

Bruce heard that the lo­cal de­vel­oper needs a re­zon­ing for the pro­posed gro­cery store but hasn't been able to get one from the city more than a year af­ter ap­pli­ca­tion.

She also heard that city staff has con­cerns about traf­fic cir­cu­la­tion in and out of a gro­cery store in that lo­ca­tion (a drive­way is pro­posed off The Park­way, along the rear of Wendy's and the McE­wan gas sta­tion).

The re­zon­ing ap­pli­ca­tion to al­low the gro­cery store never came to coun­cil, mean­while, even though the de­vel­op­ers made ap­pli­ca­tion on May 2, 2017.

Carolyn Kim­ble, a plan­ner for the city, said in May that it was be­cause there were sev­eral "out­stand­ing is­sues" with the ap­pli­ca­tion and that it was “pre­ma­ture” to bring it to coun­cil.

The prop­erty is par­tially in a flood­plain, she said, and the city has plans to build wa­ter stor­age ponds there.

Yet the de­vel­oper has a con­cept plan show­ing the build­ings placed out­side the flood­plain.

Mill­town Mini Golf is closed now – likely for good – due to the con­struc­tion plans. The minia­ture golf course had been in busi­ness for 34 years.

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