Feb 3, 2006
approves rezoning for retail
Stratford Town Council has approved a rezoning application
that could see a new major retail business in the community,
but local residents intend to continue their fight against
APM wants to build what's believed to be a Superstore on the
Trans-Canada Highway next to Sobey's. People living behind
the proposed development have raised concerns about traffic,
noise, bright lighting and runoff from storms.
Council was supposed to make a decision last month, but the
developer asked for a delay to try to resolve the concerns.
Stratford Mayor Kevin Jenkins says he and council are now
satisfied the developer has done its part.
"The initial request that came forth contained three parcels
to be rezoned; the developer has withdrawn the request from
one of the parcels, so that certainly moves the commercial
development a little further away from residences," says
"The storm water system is considerably different now from
what was proposed a short time ago, so I think we've made
some good strides in addressing some of the concerns of
But the group of residents opposed to the plan say the
development would still be too close to them. As well, a
spokesperson says the town should not be rezoning properties
in that area until it finalizes its official plan.
The group says it intends to appeal the town's decision to
the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission.