Jan 6, 2006
Some Stratford residents are arguing there is no need to
rezone land next to their neighbourhood for a new APM retail
The residents say there is plenty of commercial space
available without resorting to rezoning. About 25 people
turned out at a public meeting last night to let Stratford's
planning board know they didn't approve.
APM wants to build a 50,000 square foot retail development,
but before construction can begin on what's believed to be a
new Atlantic Superstore the land needs to be re-zoned to
But people with houses on neighbouring land say it's too
close to them.
"The biggest concern is the peace and enjoyment that we get
to enjoy with our properties," says spokesperson Carol
"Our property values diminishing, the noise, the light
pollution, everything that comes with it. And the fact that
if this goes commercial, there is so much other land around
us that can go commercial also. The precedent would have
Corbett says there's plenty of land in Stratford already
zoned commercial and APM should build there.
APM says it understands residents' concerns, but says this
location is the best location.
"The necessity for having access to the highway, visibility,
and no, there isn't another site that would satisfy that
here in the community of Stratford," says Brian Gillis of
Stratford Town Council still has to decide whether to
approve the rezoning.