Wellington North council approves draft zoning bylaw for new Sobeys

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WELLINGTON NORTH - A new Sobeys’ Foodland may be making its way to Mount Forest.

At Monday’s meeting, council unanimously approved zoning bylaw amendments that allow for a new Sobeys’ Foodland store at 503 Main St.

Sobeys has submitted a revised site plan that includes a proposed signalized intersection, a revised internal parking lot design, and a proposed separate horse and buggy entrance from Industrial Drive. The proposed site plan was accompanied with an updated traffic report.

Staff also submitted the updated traffic report and revised site plan to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for review and approval.

“Sobeys have listened to not only the concerns from council but also from the general public. They have come forward and acknowledged that they want to work with us and the MTO,” said township CAO Michael Givens.

Givens also noted that any changes to the intersection including signalization will require the approval of the MTO, which has jurisdiction for the intersection.

As such, Curtis Marshall, manager of development planning, has included a holding provision in the amendment because it provides clarity in outlining the required prerequisites that need to be met in order for the development to proceed.

“If signalization was not approved by MTO, Sobeys would need to come up with a revised site plan to the township satisfaction, and to further secure things for the township, which is why we have included the holding provision in the amendment,” said Marshall.

"The holding provision is intended to remain in place until all of the final technical details are finalized."

Council and Sobeys are just waiting for MTO's comments and approval regarding the updated traffic report and site plan. Once approved, Sobeys will just need to submit the final engineered design for the proposed development.

Angelica Babiera, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, GuelphToday.com

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