Whitewater council addresses street renaming, cell towers

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Cobden – With Whitewater Region having taken over control of their own planning, there were several planning requests to be dealt with in council chambers last Wednesday, including a road re-naming, expansion at a local school and new cell towers.

An expansion at Our Lady of Grace school was the gist of an application from the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board (RCCDSB) for the property described as Part of Lot 39, Westmeath Plan 60 and known municipally as 2153 Westmeath Road. The parcel of land was acquired by RCCDSB in 2019 to accommodate a third portable classroom for Our Lady of Grace School. There was a dwelling on it which has been demolished.

To accommodate the intended purpose a zoning by-law amendment will be required to reduce the minimum side yard width to reduce the minimum side yard depth to 1.2 metres and the rear yard depth, directly adjacent to the existing school property, to zero metres. The lot area is approximately 665 square metres.

Planner/Economic Development Officer (EDO) for Whitewater Region Ivan Burton said the third portable classroom is needed to accommodate the increasing number of students.

“We noted to the school board that another portable classroom is probably not a long-term solution to the need for expansion, and that they are probably looking at the expansion of the school (building) itself,” he said.

Councillor Neil Nicholson asked if any changes to the entrances for the school property are foreseen.

Mr. Burton said the new portable classroom would be accessed through the existing network at the school.

“They did say that there could potentially be a parking lot there, but I advised them that there would be a bit of a process before that could happen,” he said.

Coun. Nicholson said he applauds the fact the school is growing but wondered how council could “get invited to the table” when long-term plans are being made.

“It might influence our plans for roads and recreation,” he said.

Mr. Burton said he could ask them about potential council input to plans for the school.

Council approved the amendment.

Council also agreed Bromley Street in Cobden will not be renamed.

Whitewater Region’s Road naming policy provides for street/road names to be changed in cases where duplication might result in the ability of first responders to attend emergencies in a timely fashion. In June 2021, council reviewed a road naming policy, which was developed by staff after receiving a request for renaming. Bromley Street in Cobden Street runs from John Street to Crawford Street. It intersects Simpson Street and contains 15 properties, including 11 entrances. There was concern there could be confusion with Bromley Line located in Westmeath and running from Rapid Road to Lacroix Bay Road.

Staff notified the residents of Bromley Street in Cobden of the intention to rename the street, due to duplication and for ease of emergency response and wayfinding. The replacement name of Gerald Bromley was proposed. Private Bromley was a native of Cobden and died at war at the age of 21 in 1944.

In response to public notification, a letter and petition in opposition to renaming were received containing 28 names.

Whitewater staff recommended not proceeding with the renaming as residents of the street know the risks associated with a duplicate name but are not in favour of a change at this time.

CAO Robert Tremblay noted the same ambulance would not likely be responding to Bromley Street and the Bromley Line because of the distance between the two.

He told council there are no more instances of duplicate street names in the township and hence no further issues with renaming are foreseen.

Council also approved entering into site plan agreements with Rogers Communications to govern the construction of telecommunication towers at the properties located at 350 Nangor Trail, 1130 Westmeath Road, and 1368 LaPasse Road.

Marie Zettler, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader

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