Plenty of rezoning being considered by Region of Queens

Brittany W. Verge
Published on May 21, 2014

 Three rezoning applications and two development agreements were presented to council on May 13. All will go to a public hearing at 8:30 a.m. on June 10 in the council chambers of the Region of Queens Municipal building.

 Hair Salon Expansion

    Council voted to give notice of its intention to rezone a portion of 717 Main Street in Liverpool from Restricted Residential (R1) to Neighbourhood Commercial (C3).

April Williams is looking to expand her business, April Williams Hair Studio and Spa.  An adjacent property has recently been acquired for the expansion and rezoning is now required to accommodate the expansion.

 Engine Repair Shop

Council voted to give intention to enter into a development agreement with Eugene Conrad and Cathy Bolivar to allow for a small engine repair and retail sales shop on their property located on Gull Island Road.

 Fire hall

Council voted to give notice of its intention to rezone from General Residential (R2) and Mixed Use Rural Residential (R5) to Highway Commercial (C2).

The application concerns the community hall and business hub portion of the new North Queens Firehall.

Dog Kennel

 Council voted to give notice of its intention to enter into a development agreement with Matthew James Descroches to allow for a dog kennel, dog grooming and training and retail sales shop on property located at 800 Beech Hill Road in Hunts Point.

Councillors had some concern over the small size of the property but ultimately decided to let it go to public hearing.

 Clothing store on Main Street

Council voted to give notice of its intention to amend the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw, which would see a residential property (R1) at 382 Main Street, Liverpool designated as a downtown commercial property (C1).

Kim Coombs who ran her business KBS Fashionable Treasures temporarily out of the former Bargain Shop building over the holiday season would like to open the clothing store out of the house located at 382 Main Street.

The Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) had recommended that council turn down the application and keep the status quo citing the Municipal Planning Strategy as a consideration. The PAC also pointed out that there are currently 12 vacant commercial spaces in the downtown core.

            Councillor Brain Fralic spoke out against the idea of turning down the application.

            “When they look out their door they’re looking at a restaurant, a pharmacy, a future baker, there’s a lawyer in the front yard, a parking lot, and because it’s on that grey line it’s a problem,” says Fralic. 

            Fralic said with the changing economy it makes sense for some business owners to work from their homes.