Town council approved site plans for developments at industrial parks in Palmerston and Harriston at the June 4 meeting.
The Palmerston project calls for a proposed six-bay automotive repair shop and 4,500 square foot mini storage building to be constructed initially, followed by a second mini storage building and car wash in the future.
The project is subject to a numbered company completing a conditional agreement to purchase the property, which fronts on Minto Road. The total lot area is 7,687 square metres, and proposed buildings represent 10.5 per cent coverage; when the second storage building or the car wash is constructed 15% lot coverage will be met or exceeded, notes a report from CAO Bill White.
In his report, White noted the site plan, which is labeled “Grant’s Service Centre,” indicates landscaping should ensure an attractive site “with suitable level of urban design for the industrial park.”
Council approved the plan subject the land acquisition being completed, execution of a development agreement with the town requiring completion of the work within two years, and final servicing, grading and drainage, and entrance design to the town’s satisfaction.
At the Harriston site, Ben and Debbie Schneider are planning to develop a 2,700 square foot car wash on the property at the corner of Hutchison Street and Elora Street (Highway 9).
Councillor Dave Turton asked if the owners looked into the possibly of an entrance off Elora Street, in addition to Hutchison Street.
Debbie Schneider noted representatives of Triton Engineering had advised the MTO would not approve an Elora Street entrance.
“I would hate for you to realize two years from now that it was a possibility,” said Turton.
While suggesting “it never hurts to ask,” White said he does not expect the MTO would permit an Elora Street entrance to the property.
Deputy mayor Terry Fisk asked if there was room on the property for additional development?
“I would say there’s potential there for future development,” White replied.
Council approved the site plan subject to execution of a development agreement with the town requiring completion of the work within two years and final servicing, grading and drainage, and entrance design to the town’s satisfaction.