Guelph/Eramosa council reviews lot line adjustment, building fees increase

BRUCEDALE – Guelph/Eramosa’s mayor and councilors met for their first regular meeting of council for 2024 on Jan. 15. 

Items discussed include severance applications for properties on Wellington Road 30 and increases to building fees. 

Severance applications

During the meeting council reviewed severance applications from Coldpoint Industrial Park regarding lot line adjustments at 7363, 7367, and 7371 Wellington Road 30.

A report regarding the applications was presented by Asavari Jadhav from the County of Wellington’s planning department. 

“The purpose of these applications is to align the property boundaries with existing residential and industrial uses on-site,” Jadhav said. 

The properties included in the application are all owned by Coldpoint Industries and are home to a heavy industry site for aggregate and building supplies, a branch location of Steed & Evans, and St. Marys CBM concrete batching plant. 

The proposed lot line adjustment will decrease the residential property from about 1 hectare (2.6 acres) to less than half a hectare (one acre), slightly increasing the size of the other properties that will continue to be for industrial use. 

Wellington County’s official plan designates the subject lands as agricultural, rural employment, core greenlands and greenlands.

Guelph/Eramosa Township zoning for the property includes agricultural, rural industrial, site-specific rural industrial, and environmental protection. 

The site-specific provision allows the concrete batching plant and related material storage, and applies to both 7367 and 7371 Wellington Rd. 30. 

The properties are serviced privately. 

The township is a commenting agency on the application, and imposed conditions on the application’s approval the county recommended, including that:  

– Coldpoint meets all township requirements deemed necessary at the time the consent certificate is issued, including covering any fees incurred by the township for application review; and

– zoning compliance be achieved to township’s satisfaction. 

Building fees increases

Building permit fees will be increasing by 15.6 per cent. 

The increase was proposed during a public meeting on Dec. 11, and the township did not receive any public  comments on the matter. 

The increases add about $50,000 to the township’s projected 2024 revenue. 

This is the first increase to building fees in the township since 2018, and chief building official Don Sharina said the increases are in line with cost of living increases over the last six years.