Under the development plans, the front unit would be used for a convenience store with a gas bar as an accessory use. The back of the location would be used for a fast food restaurant with a drive thru.
It seems the Township’s hands are tied in this situation. The area is zoned commercial, and has been for some time. This allows the owner of the land to put anything from a convenience store to an eating establishment, hotel or entertainment business, or course subject to site plan approval from the Township and approval from the Lake Simcoe Conservation authority.
Despite having the power to change the zoning, in reality, Council knows it would not be a wise decision to attempt to change an age old bylaw just because they disagree with the need for the type of business in the community.
As Mayor O’Connor also pointed out to residents at a recent meeting, the owners bought the property knowing what they could do with the land, and it is quite difficult and time consuming to change a planning bylaw. The owner is entitled to set up any of the preferred uses
It seems that a gas bar could be an inevitability at the location due to the way that it has been zoned since 2008. The future of the location is truly in the developer’s hands as well as the conservation authority’s.