Council unanimously voted in favour of the rezoning of a lot on Great Northern Road during Monday night’s meeting.
Craig Burgess asked for Council’s approval to rezone this property from “Highway Zone” to “General Commercial Zone,” for the purpose of building a five-unit strip plaza.
This lot, approximately 52m north of the intersection of Great Northern Rd. and Drive In Rd., is currently a vacant used-car lot.
The only restriction stressed was that this plaza not be used for residential dwellings or residential and nursing care facilities.
“The subject property and surrounding Great Northern Road corridor has and continues to transition,” according to a report in the council agenda. “The relocation of the Sault Area Hospital has had an impact upon the land uses in the area.”
Over time, Council has approved a number of rezonings to permit medical offices near the hospital, allowing on-call doctors to be closer to SAH. There have also been a number of rezonings in the immediate area to include retail sales and office uses, among others, as additional permitted uses to the “Highway Zone.”
Some examples are:
- The ‘Sar-Gin Centre’, located at 683 Great Northern Road
- The Group Health Centre located at 773 Great Northern Road; and
- The Former Extendicare nursing home property, located at 770 Great Northern Road
Currently, the existing zoning framework along this portion of Great Northern Road is under review as part of Shape the Sault – the New Official Plan Project.