EVE-LYNN SWAN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Township planner Elizabeth Howson told Uxbridge council that Grain Boys Holdings Inc. has provided no answers to questions posed by Uxbridge residents regarding the Zoning By-law Amendment Application for their 351 Regional Road 47 property. The planner’s status report also informed council “that the Applicant is considering options with respect to the proposed development.” Currently zoned Rural, the company wishes to change the zoning to allow a dry grain processing plant featuring a 60 foot processing tower, warehouse and office space, all within sight and hearing of nearby homes.
At the February 4th council meeting Howson revealed to the mayor and all councillors except Pamela Beach, who had excused herself from the room because of a pending ruling on a potential conflict of interest, that she could not provide the report containing her planning recommendations.
On January 21st, council had arranged direct questioning of the proponent and township staff by residents concerned about noise, dust, increased traffic and control of invasive seeds. “[Grain Boys] were to respond to 80-90 comments and have not,” said Ms Howson. Councillor Todd Snooks asked if the proponent could, legally, not respond. “They can choose not to,” said the planner.
Mayor Dave Barton called for Howson’s report to be received for information and asked staff to enquire if Grain Boys Holdings Inc. intended to proceed with the application, noting that if the planner’s report was released to the public by February 18th, the original February 25th deadline for a zoning decision could be met.
Potential mill neighbour Conrad Richter then asked council why that deadline was still on the radar, “given that the 150-day timeline is blown past.” Barton replied that it was in Uxbridge’s best interest to move the application along so the applicant doesn’t go to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), leaving control in Uxbridge. Planner Howson reassured Mr. Richter that Grain Boys Holdings was not making big changes and Uxbridge Clerk Debbie Leroux added her reassurance, saying council can push the deadline back if residents need more time.
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