EVE-LYNN SWAN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Town council has accepted planning consultant Liz Howson’s recommendation. The township will participate in the LPAT (Local Planning Appeal Tribunal) process, stemming from Goodwood-area business owner Conrad Richter’s appeal of zoning changes.
A zoning by-law was amended in early April, allowing Grainboys Holdings Inc. to construct a dry grain processing mill at 351 Highway 47, on the eastern edge of the hamlet of Goodwood. Expecting additional truck traffic, rodents, water consumption, invasive weed infestations, noise and falling property values, many nearby residents object to the project.
Research carried out by a new community group, Goodwood Conservation Association, has revealed dust from milling activities has contributed to explosions and fires at existing mills, causing further concern.
LPAT rules dictate individuals or corporations can file appeals, barring the new association from participating directly in an appeal process. Therefore, Conrad Richter, president of Otter Richter and Sons Limited, has stepped up. Mr. Richter’s herb business neighbours the proposed grain processing mill.
Stating that Zoning By-Law 2019-054 is inconsistent with planning guidelines and official plans, planning consultant Stefan Szczerbak, of Planscape Inc., on behalf of Mr. Richter, submitted the appeal form and letter on May 13th.
After explaining, she stands behind her work on the by-law review and recommendations, Uxbridge Township’s planning consultant, Liz Howson, advised Council to direct their solicitor and planner (herself) to defend the by-law. Ms. Howson added “it’s anyone’s good guess how long it (the process) will take”, since proposed legislative changes will change the tribunal’s format.
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