TM’z Successful at Appeals Board Hearing

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The decision is a result of the June 17th hearing surrounding the vet clinic’s Phase 2 expansion. The expansion would see the addition of a separate 2000 square foot large-animal clinic in addition to the small-animal clinic already on location at 720 Pleasant Street.

As part of the notification process, area residents submitted numerous concerns to Council regarding the expansion by area residents. The town said that many concerns raised by residents (such as medical waste disposal) were already in place by authorities other than the Town of Lumsden.

In the decision, the appeal board wrote,

1-21 Holloway: “That, in the matter of the road warranty condition being appealed in regards to Development Application #2021-008, agree to find in favour of the appellant. The board believes that the condition is not a reasonable request of the appellant. The board states that TM’z should not be responsible for a road warranty. After the project is completed then the town should rebuild 7th Avenue properly and pave that road as it is not reasonable to ask for TM’z to maintain the road since it was not constructed correctly in the first place.

2nd by Gerry

All in favour CARRIED

1-21 Sulma: “That, in the matter of the access approach condition being appealed in regards to Development Application #2021-008, agree to find in favour of the appellant. The board believes that the condition is not a reasonable request of the appellant. The board recommends that Council needs to come up with a proposal to make access off 7th Avenue and close the access for Pleasant Ave. The new approach should be at the cost of the town. In the original application TM’z wanted their approach to come up off of 7th, and the town said that was not necessary.

2nd by Louise

All in favour CARRIED

1-21 Tomkins: “That, in the matter of the fence condition being appealed in regards to Development Application #2021-008, agree that this can be hashed out between the town and TM’z. The board supports the erection of a fence to separate the two properties.

2nd by Al

All in favour CARRIED

Krystal Strong, the Assistant Administrator at the Town of Lumsden, said, “At the July 13th meeting, Council made a resolution to negotiate a Development Agreement with TM’z Veterinary Clinic pertaining to the Local Development Appeals Board Notice of Decision.”

Strong added that the official resolution would be presented to Council at their August 10th meeting for approval.

Lumsden Mayor Bryan Matheson said when asked for comment on the appeals board decision,

“You have to abide by the decision of the body, that’s why they are in place. The body is put in place by the town and their decision is one that we will abide by and we will work with TM’z to negotiate the development permit to allow them to build their new facility. We think it will be a benefit to Lumsden and area and we look forward to working with TM’z.”

TM’z was also contacted for comment, and we will update this story when we hear back from them.

Jennifer Argue, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Last Mountain Times

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