Guelph/Eramosa receives application to sever four industrial lots from rural property

BRUCEDALE – Landowners Peter, Thomas and David Horvat are looking to sever four industrial lots from their property at 4961 7th Line. 

Guelph/Eramosa council received the severance application on April 15. 

The land is zoned rural employment and environmental protection and the surrounding areas are agricultural and industrial. 

The proposed retained parcel is about nine hectares (22 acres) and each severed parcel is about one hectare (2.5 acres).  

There is a wetland on the retained parcel, surrounded by 30 metres of protected vegetation. 

The wetland and surrounding vegetation would not be encroached by the severance. The setback to avoid this protected area has resulted in irregular rear lot lines.

The wetland is provincially significant and regulated by the Grand River Conservation Authority.

Township comments  

The application has been reviewed by township’s building and public works departments. The building department did not provide comment. The public works department noted:

  • “any property (severed or retained) without an existing entrance will require an entrance permit;
  • “the severed parcels drain predominately to the rear away from 7th Line and into the retained parcel.” Each severed lot requires an easement over the retained parcel for drainage; and
  • “all other grading and servicing requirements can be addressed through site plan control.” 

Guelph/Eramosa is a commenting agency on the application and Wellington County is the decision maker.

Councillor Mark Bouwmeester expressed excitement at the commercial-industrial proposal, noting, “That’s exactly what we want. 

“Whatever we can do to marshal this through, I think  we are all behind that.”