Application by WM Fares Architects, on behalf of Oceanstone Seaside Resort, for amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law for Planning Districts 1 and 3 for 8646 and 8650 Peggys Cove Road, Indian Harbour to recognize the existing tourist industry use on the site and allow for its expansion or alteration.
The subject property is located on the west side of Peggys Cove Road approximately 3.5 km north of Peggys Point Road. It is designated Mixed Use A under the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) for Planning Districts 1 and 3, and is zoned MU-1 (Mixed Use 1) under the Land Use By-law (LUB) for Planning Districts 1 and 3.
The Oceanstone Seaside Resort is comprised of 25 tourist accommodation suites, a restaurant (The Rhubarb Restaurant), and a canteen/snack shop. The suites are distributed across three main buildings and eight cabins. Under current regulations, the Resort has no ability to expand. The applicant is seeking changes to the MPS and LUB to allow for a rezoning to the C-3 (Tourist Industry) Zone.
This application is being considered under the municipal planning strategy amendment process. This process will include public consultation and a public hearing.
A Public Information Meeting was hosted by the North West Planning Advisory Committee (NWPAC) on Monday, April 30, 2018 at St. Peter's Anglican Church Hall in Hacketts Cove. The minutes for the meeting can be reviewed here. The application was subsequently forwarded to the NWPAC's June 6, 2018 meeting where they made a favourable recommendation on behalf of the application.
Staff will now prepare a staff report, which is forwarded to the North West Community Council to obtain a recommendation. Once complete, the application / staff report will be forwarded to Regional Council for first reading and then a public hearing. Public hearings follow a formal procedure, which is found in Administrative Order One. The hearing provides an additional opportunity for public comments and / or questions. Once the public hearing has concluded, Regional Council will make a decision on the application.
Documents Submitted for Evaluation
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