Huntsville’s Canadian Tire is growing.
The company has plans to expand its floor space from 6,100 square metres to a maximum of up to 8,100 sq m. It plans to demolish its existing garden centre, add 900 sq m to its floor space and build a brand new garden centre where its gas bar currently sits.
Huntsville’s Planning Committee heard at its April 11 meeting that the gas bar will be moved across the street on lands situated between Comfort Inn and Huntsville Place Mall. Lanny Dennis, Planning Consultant representing Huntsville Mall Inc. and King William Holdings Inc., was also at the meeting seeking approval to reconfigure the vacant lands beside the mall in order to facilitate a drive-thru restaurant and the relocation of the Canadian Tire gas bar on separate parcels.
“Each proposed use will then have its own lot,” Dennis told committee. “So basically all we’re doing is reallocating the existing lot lines to ensure that all structures do not encroach [on each other],” he added.
Committee also heard that Canadian Tire was seeking relief from the required 286 parking stalls associated with its expansion down to 239 spaces. To support the reduction the applicant provided a parking study. That study, according to Huntsville Senior Planner Elizabeth Reimer, concluded that during peak times as well as third party use such as the Farmers’ Market, the site would still operate at a minor surplus in parking spaces
In her report to committee Reimer also noted that as part of the proposal, “the existing stormwater management pond will be expanded into a portion of the parking lot, as well as additional alternative stormwater measures provided.”
A letter in favour of the application was submitted by Effort Trust, managers of the Huntsville Place Mall on behalf of its owners. Along with its support for the application, the letter also referenced the need for proper storm water management. “There has been a longstanding matter of the headwater located on the Canadian Tire lands which directly affects the control of flood waters on our property as well as others in the area. We have been waiting for a resolution to the problem and have been advised that there is a solution being proposed. We would respectfully request that the matter of the headwater be addressed and attended to as part of the Council’s and Committee’s deliberation on the application,” it concluded.
Committee concurred with staff’s recommendation and approved the zoning amendment for Canadian Tire’s expansion as well as two consent applications to reconfigure the lands next to Huntsville Place Mall.
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