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Innes Road watchdog group ready to fight latest rezoning application
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Residents living along the north side of Innes Road opposite the Orléans Industrial Park want to put the breaks on the number of box stores going up in the area and force developers to create employment centres.

In particular they plan to make a presentation at the planning and environmental services committee meeting today challenging an application to expand the Trinity Develop.m.ent commercial complex to the west side of Lanthier Road across from Avenue du Grand Bois.

The parcel of land is currently designated as an employment area. The intent of the designation is to promote industrial and employment-generating uses such as warehousing and distribution, manufacturing, storage, construction, office, institutional and research and develop.m.ent.

The Trinity Develop.m.ent Group has applied to have the land rezoned to allow for large format retail space. Specifically they want to build three stand alone, single storey buildings the largest of which would be 15,302 square metres and contain three retail outlets.

The Innes Re-zoning and Develop.m.ent Group want to know when the city will slow down the construction of retail space and start demanding developers mix in employment centres such as office space and institutional facilities which was the original intent of the Industrial Park.

There are three large retail centres currently under construction or in the works between Lanthier Road and Belcourt Blvd. None of them includes plans for employment-based centres.

"When is it going to end?" asks group co-chair Sharon Lawrence. "If this is supposed to be an industrial park where is the industry supposed to go? We're not against commercial develop.m.ent we just want some balance."

Cumberland Ward Coun. Rob Jellett shares the group's concerns and plans to press his colleagues on the city's planning committee to require the developer to include some office space or other employment based uses in their plans.

"At some point you have to say 'no'," says Jellett. "We have enough retail develop.m.ent in the area. We need develop.m.ent that will attract permanent jobs to the area. At this point I'm not willing to turn over any more industrial land to commercial develop.m.ent."

The Innes Road watchdog group is especially upset that the Trinity Develop.m.ent Group is already circulating a detailed site plan of the expansion area before the rezoning has even been approved.

"Obviously they've been working very closely with staff on this project and are pretty confident it's going to be approved," says Lawrence. "It's basically a fait accompli."

The group has other issues about the Innes Road develop.m.ent including an apparent lack of planning when it comes to traffic signals. Each project seemingly has its own set of traffic lights. When it's all said and done there will be eight traffic lights between Tenth Line Road and Belcourt Blvd. Inexplicably none of them will be at the corner of Avenue du Grand Bois. That's because the Trinity Group managed to work in a traffic light to their expansion project less than 100 metres from the residential street.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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