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New Beeton subdivision approved next to slaughter house

Posted October 8, 2019

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."

All stories, unless otherwise noted,
by Tony Veltri