Proposal for trucking hub in Puslinch meets opposition

PUSLINCH – Wellington Motor Freight desires to construct its new headquarters on property on the nook of Brock and Gilmour Roads and relocate from its present location on MacLean Street.

However the property in query is zoned highway-commercial and the brand new website, proposed to be a brand new hub for the trucking/logistics firm, would must be zoned industrial.

The property, 128 Brock Street, falls inside Puslinch’s financial improvement space, which permits for employment lands.

At the moment there are two dwellings on the property, and it’s vacant.

The proposal would see the dwellings demolished and a 20,000-square-metre warehouse with an workplace space mezzanine and a further 2,700-square-metre, three-storey workplace constructing constructed on the location.

The proposal would have vehicles coming into and exiting from Brock Street and a separate worker entrance off Gilmour Street.

There could be parking for 170 staff and 123 tractors and trailers.

The corporate has employed MHBC planners to deal with the applying and planner Pierre Chauvin mentioned they’ve accomplished a variety of required research – site visitors, water, wastewater, noise – and whereas a noise barrier wall is really useful to include noise, and a right-turn lane on northbound Brock Street (which can also be Freeway 6) to ease congestion, no different mitigation measures are required.

Residents within the Meadows of Aberfoyle, a gated group on Gilmour Street throughout from the proposed website, strongly objected to the proposal and a number of other delegations spoke at a public assembly on March 22.

“The applying deviates considerably from the Provincial Coverage Assertion and (Wellington County’s) Official Plan,” mentioned Alastair McCluskey, talking on behalf of residents.

“It doesn’t take into account the impression on residents … Industrial zoning shouldn’t be subsequent to residential.”

The gated group has its personal water provide and septic system and residents had been involved the operation throughout the road would impression their water.

They’re additionally involved about noise and diesel fumes from idling vehicles, they are saying site visitors within the roundabout at Gilmour and Brock could be backed up, and greater than something, they’re fearful about shedding the “buffer zone” the freeway/business zoning affords between their residential group and the commercial zone additional south on Brock Street.

Mark Lunshof, president of Wellington Provide Chain, a part of the Wellington Group of Corporations, mentioned the corporate aspires to have a constructive office tradition and to be a superb company citizen,

“We love this group,” he mentioned. “All the things you might be saying are legitimate considerations.

“And thru this course of, if it seems this isn’t the correct facility, we don’t need to ram it down your throats.

“I don’t assume we’re too late within the course of to listen to your voice. We’re right here to work with you.”

Blue Triton, previously Nestle Waters, is situated on the west facet of Brock Street and in a letter to the township, pure useful resource supervisor Andreanne Simard outlined Blue Triton’s considerations with the proposal.

“With out correct controls on the facility, the proposed improvement could be a direct risk to the native groundwater high quality and notably to the (Blue Triton) manufacturing nicely which provides all the water to its 200-employee facility,” Simard wrote.

“If this mission strikes ahead, it has the potential to have an effect on our enterprise if robust environmental compliance isn’t adopted or an unintended spill had been to happen.”

Simard outlined stormwater administration, highway salt, the potential for contaminate infiltration, and danger to the aquifer as chief amongst Blue Triton’s considerations.

She wrote the proposed improvement “is an pointless risk to the groundwater sources for all residents and companies on this space.”

Blue Triton didn’t attend the general public assembly.

Council made no choices on the assembly and the applying will return to council at a later date.

Wellington County planner Zach Prince mentioned that is the primary utility within the county that falls underneath the brand new, accelerated planning timelines set out by the province in Payments 109 and 23.

The applying was deemed full on Feb. 8, so the township has till Could to succeed in its determination.