Owner: 2448254 Ontario Inc.
Agent: Drew Gillingham, 536357 Ontario Ltd.
Location: 739 Woolwich Street
In Attendance: D. Steward, R. Eilers, H. Fishburn, T. Aslan, K. Gies, D. Gillingham, K. Reed, D. White, T. Olsen, T. Hatch, H. Sabara
Chair K. Ash questioned if the sign had been posted in accordance with Planning Act requirements and if the staff comments were received. D. Stewart, representative for the agent, responded that the sign was posted and comments were received.
D. Stewart explained the background of the application and how the application met the four tests in the Planning Act.
R. Eilers, President and Director of Vesterra, the owner of the abutting properties at 735 and 737 Woolwich Street, opposed the application due to compatibility issues. He expressed concerns about the appropriateness of the application considering the development that is proposed on the abutting properties, which is a youth mental health and addictions clinic by the Canadian Mental Health Association. He indicated that site plans are being finalized, with construction proposed to start in May or June 2020.
H. Fishburn, Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association for Waterloo Wellington, explained the process to find their location and explained the services the clinic will provide to children and youth. She opposed the application and expressed concerns about the application as the site for the youth mental health and addictions clinic was specifically chosen to be in proximity to its clients and the potential for the proposed use to influence vulnerable youth.