St. Mary’s eyeing expansion

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Thunder Bay has made applications to the Town of Fort Frances to amend both its official plan and a zoning bylaw to allow for an expansion to be built onto St. Mary’s Church in the future.
The applications will be the subject of a special public meeting today at 6:45 p.m. at the Civic Centre, just before the regular meeting of council gets underway.
The purpose of the official plan amendment application is to designate a portion of the subject land (located at 201-209 Victoria Ave.) from “recreation area” to “living area.”
The zoning bylaw amendment, meanwhile, would rezone the subject land from “open space” to “institutional.”
The purpose of the amendments would allow development of the land as a place of worship—specifically an addition to the existing structure located on an adjacent property to the current church.
While construction plans were not finalized at the time the applications were submitted to the town, submitted plans showed not only renovations to the current church but a large addition to the south of it, behind which would be a new parking area.  Tonight’s special meeting also will include consideration of a zoning bylaw amendment application for 515 First St. E., submitted by local massage therapist Tracy Petsnick.
The purpose of this application is to add “personal services establishment” as a permitted use for this property, reduce the required number of parking spaces, and modify ingress/egress requirements.
Tonight’s council meeting, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., will include discussion of the vacancy left by the sudden passing of Coun. Struchan Gilson.
Other business tonight includes:
•a quarterly report on Fort Frances OPP detachment activity from acting detachment commander S/Sgt. Steve Shouldice;
•a presentation by David Lovisa regarding land development on Minnie Avenue North;
•a break-open ticket licence application from Friends of Little League at Sparky’s Confectionery from Sept. 13, 2005-March 6, 2006;
•an application for a zoning bylaw amendment re File No. 8/98-BB (1235 Idylwild Dr.);
•a bylaw to amend a bylaw to authorize the sale of certain lands to Arthur E. Hammond; and
•a request from the City of Port Colborne for support of its resolution regarding eligibility for lottery licensing municipal museums and public libraries.
The committee of the whole first will meet in-camera from 5-5:40 p.m., then resume in public in Council Chambers from 5:50-6:45.

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