proposed development does not comply with official plan
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
A Bayfield summer resident, who is also a professional planner with a Masters in Urban Design offered Bluewater Council some food for thought when it came to the proposed development of a 20-seat Tim Hortons Restaurant, convenience store and self-serve gas station at 89 Main Street South in the village during their Committee of the Whole meeting on July 4.
Deanne Mighton is Senior Urban Designer at the City of Toronto but has been coming regularly to Bayfield since she was five years of age and now brings her own children to the village.
In her opening address to council she noted that she “has been unsettled by the application (that was put forth for the development) on a number of accounts.”
Mighton then directed council’s attention to statements within Bluewater’s Official Plan (Pg. 28) that states commercial or industrial may be permitted subject to: the use is compatible with the character of the area; adequate services and storm drainage are available; highway commercial areas will be developed to complement and not compete with or undermine the core area commercial functions.
She then went on to explain how the current proposed design of the development does not complement the aesthetic qualities found throughout the village and that it does compete with the core area as there are already established coffee shops, convenience stores and two gas stations.
“The design is quite general, it is horizontal siding, concrete and asphalt, the colors are quite dark and historically the village buildings are light. It does not take any clues from the heritage. The people who have designed it have copied and pasted it 60 times across Southwestern Ontario. They have not taken any time to fit it into its location,” Mighton told council.
One of the major concerns Mighton expressed was the planned signage for the development.
“The planned sign is higher than the Bayfield Town Hall. It will compete with the town hall and the peaks of the historic churches. It will be the largest thing in Bayfield.”
She stressed that the proposal “is a foreign design that has landed here and quite frankly it is just not good enough.”
Mighton also pointed out that the plan for vehicular stacking (drive-thru) allows for 15 cars that would imply large traffic volumes are expected. In Toronto plans for car stacking are set at 10 cars maximum.
She also highlighted the fact that the proposal has no connections to adjacent commercial uses or shared access.
“There is no safe way to get to the liquor store or the grocery store. There is no pedestrian access. Best practices should be put in place if council is going to endorse this project. Council should be asking for modifications on these points,” she said.
Mighton noted that the proposed gas station is an Esso and there is already an Esso station in Bayfield
“The village has a small population and many franchises have limit distance agreements. I have seen situations where people have gotten excited because a Loblaws was planned for their neighborhood only to learn after the fact that due to these agreements they were presented with a Price Chopper instead,” she explained.
She also sited Page 30 of the Official Plan regarding Bayfield’s Community Design when it comes to appropriate levels of buffering between uses of land to minimize conflict and increase compatibility.
“The development is adjacent to residential property and the project is pushed back against these neighbors with no allowances for buffering,” she said.
The Official Plan (Pg 30) states that the municipality will encourage a continuing reduction in the existing levels of air, water, ground and noise pollution.
“This proposed land use does the opposite,” said Mighton. “There will be new fuel tanks in an area with a high water table.”
In conclusion Mighton also asked council to consider the economic goals and aspirations of the existing businesses in the community.
“I implore council to go speak to the local Main Street business owners in Blyth where a similar development was approved and built.”
Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone thanked Mighton for the work she had done to present to council. He made council aware that he has received a number of emails and phone calls regarding the project and a leading concern is the sewage issue.
“It is capacity versus volume. Let’s face it Tim Hortons gets used as a bathroom for travelers along the highway. We have property owners in the village that are waiting to build but can’t do so because of the sewage issue and we could face potential litigation if this development proceeds and these property owners are left waiting,” Whetstone said.
Mayor Tyler Hessel also thanked Mighton for her presentation. He then asked that she provide council with a written statement that could be added to the existing presentation outlining the additional comments she made in her evening’s address.
Councilor Whetstone then made a motion:
“Moved by Councilor Whetstone, seconded by Deputy Mayor Jim Fergusson that the Committee of the Whole recommend to Council that the presentation and written comments to be prepared and submitted by Ms. Mighton be provided to staff, and that the Planner be required to review the information.”
The motion carried.
Hay East Ward Councilor John Becker spoke in favor of the development commenting that he wished they could get one for Dashwood.
“Tim Hortons can do good things for the community. They hire people. They send children to camp. They support the local fire department. They support the community,” Becker said.
He also stated that competition for gas stations is a positive, as it would keep the price of gas down.
Mayor Hessel made those present aware that the Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee (BHAC) had already commented on the project. (Editor’s Note: Comments from the BHAC are not available until the minutes of the meeting have been officially approved.)
Mayor Hessel also updated council as to the state of the development. He noted that the developer is working with the MTO and also on the storm water issues and he doesn’t expect that they will be back to council for sometime.
Getting Crafty for Canada with the Library friends
PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Thomas Lewandowski, aged two of St. Catharines, ON, got really creative with the red paint when designing his Canadian flag at the craft time hosted by the Friends of the Bayfield Library on Saturday.
The Canada Day celebrations continued on July 8 when the Friends of the Bayfield Library hosted a time of crafts and games outside at the library.
The youngsters had some fun getting creative using red and white with opportunities available to make a flag, a beaver, a lantern and a bird. They could also paint a flowerpot, try a Canadian I Spy game and join in a scavenger hunt.
Handprint Canadian flags was just one of the clever crafts that young visitors got to make outdoors at the Bayfield Public Library midday on July 8.
Meagen Lewandowski and her four year-old daughter, Olivia, worked together to make a Canadian flag handprint craft on Saturday at the library. The whole family was visiting Bayfield and all enjoyed the craft time including older brother, John aged six. (Not pictured.)
Everything old really is new again at Bayfield Antique Show
Kathy Dalton, of Bayfield, will be one of the lovely models at the Vintage Clothing and Accessories Fashion Parade to be held as part of the events at the Bayfield Antique and Collectibles Show and Sale on Aug. 13. JMR Collections on Main Street in the village is sponsoring the fashion show to be held in the Bayfield Arena. Folks are encouraged to come and see what vintage look this model will be sporting on the day! (Submitted photo)
Everything old really is new again at the 32nd Annual Bayfield Antique and Collectibles Show to be held Aug. 11-13.
New this year, admission to the Gala includes free admisstion to the show on Saturday and Sunday! Tickets for the Gala are on sale now at Brandon Hardware and JMR Collections both in Bayfield or by calling 519 565-4102.
The Friday Gala is the perfect time to mingle with dealers and enjoy some wine and cheese from 6-9 p.m. Attendees will also get a head start on the stamping of their “Your Passport to Future Treasures” to be entered into a raffle for three awesome prize packages. In addition, visitors to the Gala should be on the look out for models dressed in fashions of yesterday. These gals will provide a sneak peak at what will be shared during a Vintage Clothing and Accessories Fashion Parade to be held on Sunday afternoon from 1-2 p.m. and sponsored by JMR Collections on Main Street.
The Show will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission on these two days is $5.
Another new feature of the 2017 show is an opportunity to have family heirlooms or special finds appraised by Tim Saunders, of Three Squirrels Antiques in Bayfield. There is three-item limit and donations are appreciated.
As always the fabulous Cafe will be open during show hours on Saturdays and Sundays when visitors can enjoy a very reasonably priced sandwiches, sweets and cold beverages or coffee.
Proceeds from this event go toward Trinity Anglican Church’s needs and outreach.
So who is coming to this year's event? Seller Spotlight is an occasional, question and answer feature in the Bayfield Breeze to highlight dealers that will be taking part in the show and sale. The second business to be featured is “Land and Ross Antiques & Design”.
“Land and Ross Antiques & Design” of Shakespeare, ON will be a returning dealer at the 32nd annual Bayfield Antique and Collectibles Show and Sale on Aug. 11-13. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Name of Business: Land and Ross Antiques & Design
Owners Name: Peter Land and Gayle Humphries and Wayne and Gloria Ross
Business location: Three stores in Shakespeare, ON
# of years attending Bayfield Antique and Collectibles Show and Sale: Eight
How long have you been a dealer? We established our business in 1980 and purchased our first store in 1982.
Do you belong to any professional organizations, like dealer associations, appraiser associations or organizations related to specific types of merchandise? Canadian Antique Dealer Association, it has a code of dealer conduct and strict rules about stating all restorations.
Do you offer antiques, collectibles or both? We have always dealt in a wide range of antique items. We also offer restoration services as well as a custom design and build program. Many people think of us as furniture dealers but we sell a wide range of glass china and decorative accessories.
Anything you would like to add about your business? We offer full exchange on all antiques sold and are open all year round. We deliver regionally and shop nationally.
sun cooperated at first Paint the sunset event of the summer
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Hundreds gathered along the shoreline and pier to view the sunset and Boat Parade on Saturday night, July 8th, including several folks who found a great vantage point at Pioneer Park.
As predicted Pioneer Park was a very active place on the evening of July 8 as budding artists converged on this lakeside green space. And the sun cooperated providing an amazing subject for all to copy onto canvas as it set producing lovely muted colors of pink, orange and violet.
Well over a hundred people gathered in the park to view the sunset and watch the third annual Boat Parade on the tranquil waters below. They were also in for a special musical treat as singer Adam Lang performed several numbers with his guitar and harmonica as accompaniment.
Special thanks to the staff from Kryart Studios of Bayfield who came to the park with everything inspiring artists needed to paint a beautiful Lake Huron sunset. They will be back at the park for these free painting sesssions on: July 22, Aug. 5, Aug. 12 and Aug. 26. Please note rain dates are scheduled for the following night if the sun fails to cooperate.
July 8th marked the first of five Paint the Sunset Nights at Pioneer Park. The next one is set for July 22 (rain date July 23).
Staff from Kryart Studio on Main Street in the village were on hand to help out and supply everything that a budding artist would need to create at this free event.
No two sunsets are alike both on canvas and in the sky!
All ages and skill levels enjoyed participating in the painting.
It appeared that a potentially record breaking crowd filled Pioneer Park on Saturday night - some came to paint, some came to listen to music, others came to watch the Boat Parade - all came to view the sunset.
Singer Adam Lang performed several numbers with his guitar and harmonica as accompaniment.
special councilor's corner
Due to the amount of discussion and requests from residents to have a meeting regarding the proposed development at 89 Main Street South, Municipality of Bluewater Councillor and Bayfield Ward Representative Bill Whetstone has booked the Bayfield Community Centre for a special meeting to be held on Sunday, July 16 starting at 1 p.m.
This meeting will provide an opportunity for him to listen to both the positive and negative comments on this proposal. All are welcome.
An online petition has been created regarding the proposed development at 89 Main Street South in the village. The petition entitled, “Preserve Bayfield, Ontario's heritage culture - say "NO" to corporate encroachment” that will be sent to the CAO of the Municipality of Bluewater Kyle Pratt. It was launched midday on July 11 and as of publishing time had generated 153 signatures.
For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit: www.change.org
Blue Bayfield issues letter
Editor’s Note: The Blue Bayfield Board has approved for circulation the letter that they respectfully submitted and addressed to the Mayor and Council of the Municipality of Bluewater on June 27 regarding the proposed development at 89 Main Street South in Bayfield. Printed below for the information of the community is their letter in its entirety:
We recognize that “Timmy’s”, despite being majority-owned by Brazilian/American investment firm 3G Capital is, to many, a Canadian institution. We are also aware that property designated for the proposed development is zoned as commercial.
Blue Bayfield is the recognized voice of the environment in the region and is indeed recognized internationally for its environmental leadership. Our mandate includes working to reduce the plastics in our lake and river. There is a substantial body of evidence that indicates that the Great Lakes contain as much plastic debris as the oceans.
Blue Bayfield has worked diligently in the village with the support of 39 community organizations, to reduce the plastics that enter our waters and litter our beaches. Single-use bottled water use is discouraged as we are an internationally acclaimed Blue Community, one that recognizes water as a human right and agrees to work towards the elimination of single-use bottled water. To that end we have installed, with the support of 23 sponsors including the Municipality of Bluewater, five refill stations at various points around the village. To date, over 10,000 bottles have been refilled in the 18 months that the program has been in place. What makes this even more significant is the fact that the two outside stations are closed in the winter
The citizens of Bayfield in cooperation with Blue Bayfield, The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and Love Your Greats, regularly clean the streets and beaches of debris. As in many communities that do the same, plastics and other containers from fast food outlets rank second only to cigarette butts in quantity collected. In volume, plastics clearly rank first. While wrappers and cups are a concern, plastic straws and polystyrene containers risk breaking down physically into micro- and nano- particles after they enter our water and will not bio-or photo-decompose for hundreds of years. These same waters are our source of drinking water. Most treatment plants cannot filter out these micro- and nano-particles and microbeads associated with cosmetic and personal hygiene products. In addition, aquatic species assume these plastic bits are food.
As a Blue Community we are also conscious of the impact of idling cars on the air quality. A check with environment Canada air quality reports will demonstrate that our region is prone to high levels of air pollutants.
We are not anti-business. On the contrary, we welcome to our community any business that respects our local environmental interests and policy initiatives. We are hopeful then, that if Tim Hortons is granted permission to locate here, that it uses this facility as a model for all other stores in the chain by:
1 Discontinuing the sale of single-use bottled water
2 Providing only biodegradable take away product containers and straws
3 Considering elimination of a “drive thru” window
4 Designing its business structure to reflect the historic nature of the village
In making its decision, Council should take into consideration the not insignificant impact that “big chains” can have on local businesses. These locally owned and operated businesses have a history of engagement in all aspects of community life. What will be the impact of yet another coffee restaurant, variety store gas station when two already exist on Hwy 21? Will the entry of this giant change the whole nature of our village by threatening the survival of our five existing “coffee shops”? Furthermore, what will be the impact of a Tim Hortons presence on the over usage of our limited sewage treatment facility?
This village prides itself on retaining its historical character and its citizens spend thousands of volunteer hours protecting its heritage features and environmental quality. We ask Council to support the village’s efforts to improve the “first impression” visitors have of the village, that which they see when driving on Hwy 21. We believe that having this addition to our gateway is counterproductive.
Bluewater Council Highlights
At its Special Meeting of Council on July 4 immediately following the Committee of the Whole, the Municipality of Bluewater Council accepted the tender to Clean and Re-Coat the Roof Trusses at the Bayfield Arena from Glavin Coating and Refinishing in the amount of $88,000 plus HST.
Mayor Tyler Hessel and CAO Kyle Pratt were given authorization to sign the contract upon receipt thereof and Council directed staff to transfer the additional funds from the Rec & Park Reserve for Contingency and replenish the reserve in the 2018 budget.
Organizers are only days away from rolling out the carpet...
Get Ready! The Pioneer Park’s 70th Annual Rummage Sale is this Friday, July 14.
Get Set! It all happens at the Bayfield Arena. The outdoor sales begin at 6:30 p.m. The arena doors open at 7 p.m. and the Silent Auction begins at the same time.
...and opening the gates on the 70th annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale. All are welcome to this legendary annual event to be held on July 14. (Submitted photos)
Go! All items are full price from 7-8 p.m. There are drastic reductions to half price from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. And then tradition dictates that grab bags are sold starting at 8:30 p.m. because everything must go!
Those who attend are asked to keep an eye on the Silent Auction tables for bid closing times.
Breakfast on the Farm
School is just out and already the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is letting everyone know of an educational event to be held on July 15.
The BAS is organizing its second Breakfast on the Farm event on a dairy farm from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Located at 41090 Mill Road, East of Brucefield, the hosts Tyler, Emily, Henry and Patti Hendriks welcome everyone to see their 95 milking Jersey cows in a brand new facility.
This year the farming operation will feature Jerseys and the barn will highlight a new tunnel construction method for ventilating the space within it. With any tour of a modern facility, biosecurity risks are a concern so there may be a boot bath needed before entering the barn and no pets are allowed at the farm.
In addition to learning about modern dairy farming, everyone attending will be served a hearty breakfast. This year the BAS is pleased to partner with the Londesborough Lions Club to prepare the meal consisting of sausages, bacon, eggs, pancakes with maple syrup, toast and milk or coffee. The meal can be eaten under a tent set up to keep everyone sheltered. Visitors will be able to eat at the new tables the BAS bought recently.
The children will have some activities to keep them amused while their parents take time to visit with neighbors and friends. There will be some machinery to look over and several organizations will have booths set up to explain what they do to support our agricultural industry in this area.
There will be tickets available at www.bayfieldfair.ca. Directors will have tickets and they can be obtained by calling 519 440-6639, 519 482-5490, or 519 482- 9296. Extra tickets were made available this year to accommodate more visitors. A few will be left at the gate but it would be wise to obtain them in advance since the event was sold out in advance of the Breakfast date last year. Volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to assist with the event, contact the BAS through firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 15 should provide a great opportunity to learn what is behind another barn door in the community.
Back by popular demand, this month’s Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) guest speaker is Bayfield’s own Dr. Charles Wallace.
After a seven-year hiatus, Dr. Wallace has agreed to continue with his “Long Road from India to Bayfield” life story. Do not worry if you were not present for his first presentation; he has so many stories to tell that this presentation will be a most interesting event in itself.
This month’s meeting will be on Monday, July 24 commencing at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting, memberships are available and all are welcome to attend.
Marty Allen as Johnny Cash. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is pleased to announce another tribute performance, on July 29. This one features Southern Ontario artist, Marty Allen, celebrating the music of the great Johnny Cash. Many of us grew up with Johnny’s music, but younger people may know it best from the 2005 movie hit, “Walk the Line”.
Allen was named after the late Marty Robbins and weaned on Sun Record artists Elvis Presley and Cash.
He believes that “Honky-tonk and Rockabilly music is as much about life as it is about music”.
“It was a simple sound, yet energetic and commanding,” said Allen, who received his first guitar at the age of eight. Although not musicians themselves, his parents possessed a real love for music. “There was always music playing in the house and Sunday mornings we would hear the gospel music crackling from the hi-fi.”
Allen went on to form his own band, the Cadillac Cowboys, with Dave Tufford, electric guitar; Cory Richardson, upright bass; and Mike McDowell, drums. He has released five independent albums: “Daybreak’s Coming”, “Marty Allen”, “Living Life”, “Blue Church Road”, and the “Sun Sessions”, which he recorded at the legendary Sun Records Studio in Memphis Tennessee, where B.B. King, Presley, Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis all got their start.
To learn more and to check out his music, go to www.martyallenband.com or YouTube.
Organizers note the people should get their tickets soon, as they are expected to sell out. Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door, if any are left). Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
For tickets, call Pat Pal, 519 565-5340 or Sandy Scotchmer, 519 565-2830, or go to www.ticketscene.ca. The BTHHS thanks OLG for their sponsorship of this event.
Caravan in Ag Park
The Black Fly Sunset Caravan was comprised of a small group of travellers that began their journey on July 6 in the Ridgetown area and have been working north along the Lake Huron shoreline. They spent the night in Bayfield Agricultural Park on Sunday night. (Photos by Doug Yeo)
Under a threatening sky about eight vintage trailers parked for the night on July 9 in the Bayfield Agricultural Park. The local DJ who plays at the Sunday Outdoor Market continued to pump out his tunes as each trailer found its resting spot for the night.
One of the trailers in the carava was over 50 years of age and was made in Hensall. The small group of travelers began their journey on July 6 in the Ridgetown area and has been working north along the Lake Huron shoreline.
One young family with three children have enjoyed all the experiences they have had in each small community including an indigenous community where they were able to participate in some of the activities being put on.
The trailers were a great reminder of how traveling was done many years ago.
Rick Meyers, who organized the excursion of the Black Fly Sunset Caravan, wanted to thank Shop Bike Coffee Roasters for its hospitality. While in town, the group planned on taking a tour of downtown Bayfield and definitely was going to see the harbor.
The trailers were a great reminder of how traveling was done many years ago and is still being enjoyed today by groups such as this.
The Wednesday afternoon Bridge group would like to invite people to come and join them in some friendly card games at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 1 p.m.
Join in the fun with congenial players with snacks at a cost of $1.50 per person.
The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is inviting the community to come and enjoy a delicious fish dinner with them on July 29 at the Bayfield Community Centre.
Meal service for this seventh annual event will run from 4:30-7 p.m. Fresh Whitefish is the main event with homemade tartar sauce served alongside salad, potatoes and a roll. Dessert features include assorted homemade pies, squares and cookies.
Eat in or take-out. Tickets are available now by calling Bettylou at 519 565-4770. Cost is $18 in advance and $20 at the door per adult and $10 for children 12 and under.
Shannon Gould, of the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, is now offering her services out of Michael’s Home Healthcare offices just a couple doors down from the pharmacy – two times a month.
July 18; Aug. 3 and 15; Sept. 7 and 19 are dates that can be booked this summer.
The Bayfield Hearing Clinic offers appointments from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic offers: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.
Please call Gould at the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.
Main Street Optometric
Dr. Rich Samuell at Main Street Optometric wants to let Bayfield residents know that full eye health examinations are available at his Bayfield office.
Examinations are fully covered by OHIP for children and teens, seniors, and those with diabetes. Main Street Optometric uses current technology including a "no-puff" eye pressure check, as well as digital retinal photography to monitor for eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.