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Posted December 1, 2017

The fate of a vacant lot at the intersection of King and Victoria Street in Alliston will be decided by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) following an appeal launched Nov. 23 by the numbered company that owns it.

2221465 Ontario Inc, whose Director is listed as Gil Shcolyar, is taking the OMB route because "Town Council has failed to make a decision in respect of the Application within the prescribed timeframe set out in the Planning Act."

Mr. Shcolyar's application to build an Ultramar gas station, convenience store, dates back to 2010. A car wash was added with one of the early site plan revisisions.

The property is designated Corridor Commercial in the Official Plan and zoned Urban Highway Commercial (UHC). The proposed gas station and convenience store uses are permitted under the Town's Zoning By-law.

"However, in response to Town staff's comments regarding urban design and landscaping matters, the Applicant agreed to submit an application to amend the zoning by-law to relocate the commercial building closer to the street and provide enhanced landscape treatment to the comer," according to the OMB application prepared by Isaac Tang of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. The lands are currently vacant and have been vacant for many years. Its revitalization to permit a gas station, convenience retail store and car wash would complement the existing neighbourhood to better serve the Town's residents, support the adjacent commercial uses (e.g. Dairy Queen across from King Street and the recent Royal Bank kitty comer from the site) and provide a service to the travelling public."

Mr. Tang's submission notes between 2010 and 2017, the applicant has provided eight separate site plan submissions including revisions and responses to the Town's comments - included below.

"In addition to responding to staff's comments, the Applicant attended two public consultation meetings with staff on June 5, 2013 and July 8, 2015 for the related zoning by-law amendment to inform the public of the development. Aside from certain transportation comments recently raised by the Town's external transportation consultant, it is our understanding that there are no significant issues between the Town, the public agencies and the Applicant regarding the proposed development from a zoning or site plan perspective. However, the Town has yet to approve the Application to date," according to Mr. Tang. "Our client remains committed to working with the Town to secure the approval of the Application on a consensual basis if at all possible. For that reason, our client is open to a Board mediation of this matter if the Town wishes to engage."

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