Council approves rezoning for new truck terminal

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Council has approved the rezoning of a 3.38-acre property near the Ontario Northland station to allow for the construction of a new truck terminal.

Members of council approved a recommendation Tuesday from its community services committee to have the property, located near the intersection of Seymour Street and the Bypass, rezoned from arterial commercial, or C6, to general industrial, or M2.

The committee, which includes all members of council, put forward the recommendation after discussing the application last month.

The application itself was made by a numbered company from Quebec operating as Martin Roy Transport, or MRT, in Rouyn-Noranda.

Although not present at the council meeting Tuesday, Mayor Al McDonald previously declared a conflict on the matter because he owns a gas station in the area.

The property is bordered by Station Road, Patton Street and Cholette Street, and is located near the city’s recycling centre and hazardous waste depot, as well as Northgate Shopping Centre.

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Rick Miller of Miller and Urso Surveying Inc., the agent working on behalf of MRT, said the company bought the property a little over a year ago in order to develop it into a transport terminal.

Although a transportation terminal is currently allowed on the property, meaning the owner could still proceed with the development without changing its zoning, Miller said the city’s economic development department recommended the property be rezoned so the owner could take advantage of North Bay’s Growth Community Improvement Plan, a program that provides financial incentives for development projects in certain key areas of the city.

The Ontario Northland Transportation Commission was opposed to the transport terminal over concerns around increased traffic due to more trucks, combined with the potential return of passenger rail as promised by the provincial government, the ability of Station Road to accommodate a motor coach and transport truck due to its width, and the safety of pedestrians.

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