LUCAN BIDDULPH – A large commercial development is proposed for the northernmost portion of Lucan off Highway 4.
The proposal by Westdell Development Corporation was discussed at Lucan Biddulph council’s Oct. 20 meeting, with Mayor Cathy Burghardt-Jesson describing it as “an exciting project.”
The development is proposed for a parcel of land on the south side of Highway 4, north of the Lucan Community Memorial Centre. The land is now used for agriculture, and the developers are seeking a severance and a zoning bylaw amendment to change the zoning from general agricultural to a site specific highway commercial exception. Reductions to front yard, interior side yard and rear yard setback requirements will be considered.
Municipal services do not extend to the property in question at this time.
The rezoning amendment would allow for uses such as a convenience store, clinics, professional offices, personal care establishments and places of entertainment or amusement.
Laverne Kirkness of Kirkness Consulting said Westdell wants to move forward with the project as soon as possible and is working on tenant recruitment. He said he couldn’t reveal what tenants they are looking to recruit, but said there will be space for businesses such as restaurants, a gas bar and a car wash.
David Traher, vice-president of development for Westdell, said the company has properties all the way from Windsor to Toronto. He said he couldn’t yet divulge what tenants will be in the Lucan development but said, “I think everyone would be very happy with the people that we are talking to.”
“We hope we can get the support that we’re looking for here and we’re anxious to move forward,” he said, adding that Westdell would like to start construction next year and have businesses open by 2022.
Burghardt-Jesson said, “It’s always exciting to have new people interested in your community.”
Looking ahead, Deputy Mayor Dave Manders wondered about considerations such as turning lanes, sidewalks and street lights extending out to the development. Manager of public works Jeff Little said a traffic study will be required. He noted there is space for turning lanes on Highway 4.
Extending sidewalks and streetlights to the development would be at the municipality’s cost, which would be considerable, Little said, but he said it’s not something Lucan Biddulph has to do. He described it as a future planning matter.
Services would be extended at the cost of the developers.
Council received the planning and zoning reports for information. Discussions regarding approvals are still to come.
Other council notes:
Administrative assistant retiring
Chief administrative officer Ron Reymer informed council that longtime Lucan Biddulph administrative assistant Joanne Latta is retiring this week. He thanked her for her years of service and wished her a long and healthy retirement.
Council gave approval to move forward with the installation of a small sign at the corner of Main and George streets in Lucan to pay tribute to the late Terry Hickson, who was a longtime crossing guard who passed away in May. The sign, which says “Terry’s Corner,” will be placed on an existing post at the intersection Hickson looked after.
The sign was requested by a resident, who is covering the cost.
Burghardt-Jesson said it’s a great way to honour Hickson, a sentiment Coun. Alex Westman agreed with.
“I really think this is an awesome way to pay tribute,” he said.
Council authorized staff to go forward with winter sidewalk maintenance in Clandeboye. Both sections of sidewalk in Clandeboye were replaced in the last couple of years, Little said. He estimated winter maintenance for the Clandeboye sidewalks will cost $6,000 to $9,000.