Alberton council refuses rezoning

Elisabeth Heslop

Alberton council last night voted to refuse the application by township resident Gayle Arpin to rezone a portion of her land prior to a proposed sale to Weechi-it-te-win Family Services Inc.
According to the resolution carried at last night’s meeting, council’s decision was based on concerns that the proposed use of the land, “a training and learning center for youth who require placement in a formal treatment setting,” does not sufficiently conform to the township’s official plan and the intentions behind the “Business Park” zoning currently in place.
In accordance with the Provincial Planning Act, council now has 15 days to give written notice of their decision, including their reasons, to the applicant and other relevant parties.
If she desires, Ms. Arpin, then has 20 days from the day she receives notice of council’s refusal to file an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.
Neither Ms. Arpin nor her representative, Cecil Horne, were available for comment at press time.
Weechi-it-te-win’s legal representative, Clint Calder, said they have yet to make a decision on their next course of action.
“Right now, Weechi-it-te-win is considering all the options, whether to be supportive of an appeal by the applicant or whether to move on, and that decision hasn’t been made yet,” Calder said.
Also at last night’s meeting, council decided more study time is required before they address a July 29 letter from Dorothy Friesen and Gene Stolzfus requesting rescinding of the interim control bylaw enacted at the July 8 regular council meeting.