New Beeton subdivision approved next to slaughter house
A proposed 164 unit residential subdivision in Beeton received draft
plan approval last night in committee despite the objections of an
adjcent abbatoir on Patterson Street, whose owners are concerned about
future complaints related to noise and odours.
Markham based Flato Group, building under the name Fletcher Meadows on
the former Mason family farm property, has 98 conditions attached to
the draft plan approval, including warning, "Purchasers
and/or tenants ... that despite the
inclusion of odour control control
measures within the development area
and within individual units, odour levels
from abattoir facility may continue
to be of concern occasionally interfering
with some activities of the building occupants."
Luana and Teodoro Lauri of L and M Meats, formerly Beeton Meats, told
councillors last night they currently slaughter 40 beef, and 25 hogs
per week, but with renovations, intend to increase to about 150 "small
stock" kills per day.
They purchased the plant in November 2014 from Gene Lynch who operated the plant as Beeton Meats for 40 years prior. It's believed to date back to the 1930s.
The brother and sister operators are concerned the proposed 100 metre
separation from the nearest new home, berm, accustical fence and
ventilation system will not provide enough buffer .
Mr. Lauri told councillors two abbatoirs recently closed because
of complaints, and as a result, they expect their business will
increase. He said being "boxed in" "doesn't appeal to me."
"It's just pretty well open, it's open but if you think about it,
if you're boxed in, it's just not very pleasant to work around," he
said. "I'm not
opposed to it, but it just doesn't make any sense to me. It's like
we're in 'a prison kind of, and I understand it's an abbotoir, 'but it
is an existing business that has been there for quite awhile."
Ward 6 councillor Stephanie MacLellan said the Ministry of Environment
classifies L&M as a Class 3 operation, and with it should have a
300 metre setback. Councillor MacLellan said the Town's peer review
consultant concluded the study supporting the proposed buffer did not
provide "sufficient information ... to suggest 100 metres is adequate."
Bruce Hoppe, New Tecumseth's Planning Director told council he believes
the 100 metre buffer was reached as a compromise between "two competing
interests in our official plan."
"We've got an application on lands that are designated for future
development, and we also have another owner who's operating a legal
business that's been there for a number of years and they're entitled
to operate and or expand," said Mr. Hoppe. "We have attempted to work
through two very reputable firms, rely on their advice in this very
specialized area of noise and odour. So at the end of the day, we felt
as staff there's a level of comfort here that 100 metres' with
mitigation measures was a reasonable compromise, and that would respect
the desire and interest of the abbatoir to keep operating and provide a
reasonable set back as well as additional mitigation for existing
residents that are there today."
In the end, Ms. MacLellan was the only councillors opposed to the 100
metre buffer - councillors Paul Foster and Donna Jebb were absent. The
Ward 6 councillor served notice she will call for a recorded vote on
Oct. 23 on behalf of the "future residents."