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City takes another step toward welcoming Walmart to Lindsay

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May 11, 2016 - Today’s meeting of the Planning Committee for the City of Kawartha Lakes resulted in the City moving one step closer to opening a Walmart store in Lindsay.

The lengthy process began in 2005 when Mason Homes applied for permissions for a commercial development consisting of a Retail Power Centre along Highway 35 at Colborne Street. Council approved this application in 2006.

Council's decision was appealed by a number of area landowners to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), and the City was required to implement the Northwest Trunk sewer system in order to issue a decision. The City implemented the Northwest Trunk to accommodate this and other targeted development and it was commissioned in June of 2015.

The purpose of yesterday's meeting was to consider a zoning by-law amendment request by Mason Homes to increase the grocery floor space permitted in a department store to accommodate the current Walmart store design.

Following zoning approvals, the site will be prepared by Mason Homes to allow Fieldgate Development to proceed with construction of the Walmart store. Mason Homes will develop residential homes in the vicinity. Detailed planning with both of these developers is ongoing.

The Planning Committee will recommend to Council that the zoning amendment be approved during the May 24 Council meeting.

This most recent step affirms the City's commitment to attracting opportunities for new jobs and developing the community.

"We recognize that this has been a long road for all involved. We are pleased that the time has come to recommend this final step to Council, and we look forward to the wide-reaching opportunities for growth and employment throughout our municipality," comments Richard Holy, Manager of Policy Planning at City of Kawartha Lakes.

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For further information, please contact:
Richard Holy
Manager of Policy Planning
705-324-9411 extension 1246

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