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Water moratorium encumbers seniors home in Port Dover

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An application to build a new nursing home in Port Dover has some hurdles to overcome before a shovel goes in the ground.

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The facility is proposed for an eight-acre parcel at Dover Coast Boulevard and Barrett Court in the Dover Coast subdivision, east of the lift bridge.

A report to Norfolk council’s hearings committee says the proposal requires a zoning change. The high-density residential R5 designation allows for a retirement home. However, the zoning must be amended to allow a long-term care facility.

As well, the development will need special dispensation from council to exempt it from the interim control bylaw that was imposed last year on projects in Port Dover requiring new water allocation. The measure was in reaction to concerns that peak periods of demand in Port Dover could exceed the municipality’s ability to replenish the town’s water supply.

The applicant is listed as 2079095 Ontario Ltd. of 307 New Lakeshore Rd. in Port Dover. This is the location of the Dover Coast subdivision maintenance shop.

The Aug. 18 meeting provided an opportunity for council and staff to field public input on the application.

The treasury department likes the proposal because it will produce development charges while increasing the county tax base. The proposal also aligns with Norfolk’s strategic priority of fostering “vibrant, creative communities.”

Only one public comment was tabled.

Erwin Ponepal, a resident of the Dover Coast subdivision, says Dover Coast should put the finishing touches on Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the massive subdivision before it is given permission to move on other projects.

“People have lived here in less than admirable conditions for far too long, and our taxes do not reflect that,” Ponepal said in an email to Norfolk’s planning department.

“I have talked to many here, and they were all in agreement.”

With the public comment phase complete, staff will factor public and council input into a follow-up report with a recommendation for the way forward. This will be tabled at a future meeting.

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