City of Cor­ner Brook ap­proves dis­cre­tionary use ap­pli­ca­tion for ve­teri­nary clinic

Area res­i­dents voice mi­nor con­cerns when con­sulted about pro­posed de­vel­op­ment

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - DIANE CROCKER [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrock­er

COR­NER BROOK, N.L. — A for­mer build­ing sup­ply store could soon be torn down to make way for a new ve­teri­nary clinic.

Dur­ing its re­cent pub­lic meet­ing, Cor­ner Brook city coun­cil ap­proved a dis­cre­tionary use ap­pli­ca­tion seek­ing per­mis­sion to op­er­ate a ve­teri­nary clinic at the for­mer lo­ca­tion of Western Build­ing Prod­ucts at 25 Po­plar Road.

The pro­po­nent plans to de­mol­ish the ex­ist­ing struc­ture and build a two-storey build­ing on the site.

Western Build­ing Prod­ucts, which ceased to op­er­ate in April, was con­sid­ered a non-con­form­ing use in the res­i­den­tial medium den­sity zone. The ve­teri­nary clas­si­fi­ca­tion is also a non-con­form­ing use, but is con­sid­ered by city staff to be less in­tru­sive than the build­ing’s for­mer use.

Un­der the city’s de­vel­op­ment reg­u­la­tions, a right to re­sume a dis­con­tin­ued non-con­form­ing use of land shall not ex­ceed six months. The pro­po­nent, who is not iden­ti­fied in the doc­u­ments re­lated to the de­ci­sion, submitted the ap­pli­ca­tion Aug.16 — within that time­line.

Be­fore mak­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion to ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tion, city staff sent a no­tice to prop­er­ties within the im­me­di­ate area and sought out com­ments through an ad­ver­tise­ment in The Western Star.

While this process met with sup­port for the de­vel­op­ment, it did iden­tify a few ar­eas of con­cern. These in­cluded con­cerns of a rat prob­lem, is­sues with rain and sur­face wa­ter, snow re­moval and a re­tain­ing wall which bor­ders three other prop­er­ties.

The rat prob­lem will be dealt with prior to de­mo­li­tion, with pest con­trol be­ing a con­di­tion of the de­mo­li­tion per­mit.

The new engi­neer­ing de­sign will help ad­dress wa­ter con­trol. All paved ar­eas will have curb and catch basins to di­rect sur­face and rain wa­ter into the city storm sys­tem. Snow re­moval was con­sid­ered by city staff to be a civil mat­ter. The city has been as­sured the pro­po­nent will keep all snow within their own prop­erty lim­its.

The re­tain­ing wall will be as­sessed by the project en­gi­neer.

Neigh­bours with con­cerns will be ad­vised of any changes or mod­i­fi­ca­tions to be made.

DIANE CROCKER/THE WESTERN STAR

This for­mer build­ing sup­ply store on Pop­u­lar Road in Cor­ner Brook could soon be torn down to make way for a ve­teri­nary clinic.

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