YORKTON - A business on York Road is hoping to expand the business it does, but will require a discretionary use permit to expand.
“A Development Permit application for a salvage Yyard use at 85 York Road West. While the Zoning Bylaw does not include Salvage Yard as a defined land use, the definition of Auto Wrecking/Junk Yard most closely resembles the proposed use,” explained Carleen Koroluk Land Use Planner with the city at the regular meeting of Yorkton Council Monday.
“The property is zoned MI-1 Light Industrial and is located on York Road West, along one of the main entrances to the City. Auto Wrecking/Junk Yard uses are listed as Discretionary Uses in this zone. Under The Planning and Development Act, 2007, discretionary use applications require Council authorization to proceed.”
The applicant purchased the property in November 2021, and was issued a temporary Development Permit for a Light Industrial use in January 2022, specifically for the purchasing and processing of metals such as copper wire. At the time it was indicated that ferrous metal, like vehicles, would not be stored on site, explained Koroluk.
“Much has changed from the applicant’s initial proposed use and the business has subsequently grown from five employees to 17 employees working both on and off the site,” she said.
The applicant did not initially apply to the City to undertake the revised development, and therefore was no longer in compliance with the issued Development Permit. Planning Services was forced to initiate enforcement, resulting in the subject application, detailed Koroluk.
Koroluk added, it can be reasonably assumed that the proposed development can be carried out in accordance with Zoning Bylaw requirements.
As a result, it was recommended Administration be authorized to proceed with Public Notification for Discretionary Use application which proposes an Auto Wrecking/Junk Yard use as defined in City of Yorkton Zoning Bylaw at 85 York Road West, which was passed by Council.