SCUGOG: Council has approved a proposal, from Port Perry’s Old Flame Brewery, to build an addition to the local brewery, which will remove 11 on site parking spaces.
At a meeting, on Monday, June 19th, Councillors unanimously agreed to approve a plan from brewery owner Jack Doak, for the construction of a one storey U-shaped building on the site.
“What the addition is doing for us, it allows us to have a designated area for packaging, it allows us to use the existing space for more production,” Mr. Doak said. “It’s going to make our operation that much more efficient.”
The proposal would also allow for an outdoor courtyard, and requires the elimination of 11 parking spaces, as well as a loading zone. As part of the approval of the addition, the brewery must pay the Township a cash in-lieu-of-parking fee, in the amount of $27,500.
Despite the loss of the parking spaces, according to a recent updated parking supply assessment, the Township will still have “sufficient parking.”
However, local business owner Marina Brock questioned the numbers in the study.
“There are inaccuracies, specific inaccuracies in the data,” she said.
Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back questioned if Scugog is an “anomaly” in regards to the size of parking spaces.
“It’s always been understood, for the length of my tenure here, that vehicles that are driven in, around Lake Scugog, include big trucks, snowmobiles, boat trailers, and the like,” planning technician Diane Knutson responded.
Ward 2 Councillor Janna Guido said her goal was to make sure everything is fair for all business owners in Port Perry.
Kevin Heritage, the Township’s director of development services, stressed there is enough parking in Port Perry, even though the Township will lose some parking spots.
“All nine municipal parking lots are located within a five minute walk of the front door of the Old Flame [brewery], and the parking study clearly indicated that we have a sufficient number of parking spaces, within those nine municipal parking lots, as well as private spaces, and private parking lots that are serving particular uses in the downtown, to service all the uses in accordance with our zoning bylaw,” he said.