Storage wars: neighbours fight proposed rezoning

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by Vance Gutzman

A company that is proposing to build self-storage units in Chalk River has asked Laurentian Hills council for a stay of decision on its plans.

The request came during a public meeting held last week in regards to an application by a numbered company, 2026524 Ontario Inc., to rezone property in the east end of the village from residential (R1) to General Commercial Exception 2 (GCE2), in order to build the storage units.

The company’s proposal has come under heavy fire from nearby residents in recent weeks, and generated a petition against building the self-storage units in that location on social media.

The petition, signed by over 300 people, asked council not to approve the rezoning based on concerns over loss of property value, traffic, “crime,” noise, “visual intrusions on peace and privacy,” loss of natural surroundings, and light pollution.

“We strongly urge you to DENY this application, and keep the property as a residential (R1) zone,” the petition stated.

That public opposition was very much in evidence at last week’s public meeting on the matter….

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