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Site plan recommendations for new Mount Forest grocery store coming to council

Stormwater management is the main concern on the report as stormwater drainage runs through the subjected property
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A new Sobeys is being proposed to council on Monday.

WELLINGTON NORTH - The final recommendation report for a new Sobeys’ Foodland in Mount Forest will be presented to council Monday.

The developer and applicant have submitted a revised site plan that includes a proposed signalized intersection, a revised internal parking lot design, and a proposed separate horse and buggy entrance from Industrial Drive. The proposed site plan was accompanied with an updated traffic report. 

The revised submission was provided in response to departmental and agency comments.

Planning staff have reviewed the revised site plan and have concluded that it is consistent with provincial policy and conforms with the County of Wellington’s official plan. 

The location of the proposed site plan is at 503 and 515 Main St., where the Beer Store and Peavey Mart are located on the property and are proposed to remain. 

Similar to the previous version of the site plan, the revised site plan includes:

  • A new Foodland grocery store approximately 2,525 square metres in size attached to the existing Peavey Mart building.
  • A 150 square metre restaurant with drive thru.
  • A horse and buggy shed.
  • An expanded parking lot with 241 parking stalls and a new entrance at the intersection of Main Street North and Mount Forest Drive.
  • A proposed three metre road widening along Main Street North is also shown on the site plan.

The proposed changes are as follows: 

  • The incorporation of a traffic signal at the proposed new entrance with Main Street and Mount Forest Drive intersection.
  • A revised internal parking lot design.
  • A new horse and buggy entrance at the rear of the property from Industrial Drive. The horse and buggy driveway is proposed across 204 Industrial Dr. which is owned by the Township.

Stormwater management is the main concern on the report as stormwater drainage runs through the subjected property.

Currently, the applicant is working with waste management to obtain a drain easement across the property. The easement will need to
be permanently secured/established prior to site plan approval for the food store and restaurant. 

Council is set to decide whether the developer should continue with the proposed development or not at Monday’s meeting. 

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