Site plan extension for Bayham retirement home

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Bayham council agreed to an extension for a site plan approval at Sandytown Retirement Home Inc. until the end of the year, a later deadline than originally requested for the project.

The original site plan deadline was April 15 for a planned retirement home in the former municipal office in Straffordville.

Neil Penner sent an email to Deputy Clerk Margaret Underhill requesting that the deadline be extended to August 30.

“We have had a difficult time getting contractors to work at the building during the pandemic. We finally got the go ahead to drywall after a long struggle,” wrote Mr. Penner.

Bayham staff and council members discussed the matter at a virtual meeting on Monday, April 1.

Councillor Valerie Donnell asked if that perhaps the extension deadline should be at the end of the year.

“After the provincial announcement today, I’m wondering if it might be prudent to extend it even further,” said Cr. Donnell, referring to the month-long province-wide shutdown.

Deputy Mayor Rainey Weisler agreed, and said, “We really want to be supportive of them and see this finished.”

Bayham Mayor Ed Ketchabaw asked Deputy Clerk Underhill if this was the second extension for the project. Deputy Clerk Underhill confirmed that it was.

Mayor Ketchabaw then asked if there were any downsides to extending the site plan agreement until the end of the year.

“I don't see that there's a risk. I see that the site plan agreement was entered into with council and the landowners. So if council is in agreement to extend it out to a further date, then that is at your discretion,” said Ms. Underhill.

Sandytown Retirement Home was granted a minor variance in May 2019 to permit a rest home in the existing building at 9344 Plank Road.

Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express