YORKTON - Yorkton Council unanimously approved to taking the first step to granting discretionary use for a Warehouse and Sales Facility at 236 Myrtle Avenue.
The subject property is zoned C-1 City Centre Commercial and Warehouse and/or Sales Facilities are listed as a Discretionary Use in the zone, explained Carleen Koroluk – Land Use Planner with the City at the regular meeting of Council Monday.
“The applicant, Yorkton Distributors, is owned by Farmer’s Business Network Canada, Inc. (FBN) and is a digital and technical farm input sales business where transactions processed through an online digital platform. The business utilizes multiple locations in the city and has recently given up a lease at one of their current locations,” she said.
“They have entered into a new lease for the subject property and are currently using the front portion of the building for office use under a separate Development Permit. The property owner is using the back section of the building for personal storage and the applicant is proposing to use the middle portion for warehousing of oil and related products.”
Koroluk did note Myrtle Avenue is a mixed-use area – the long term objective would be to transition the street to Commercial uses.
“The proposed use will have a low impact and generate very little noise, traffic movements and heavy traffic,” she added.
“Business carried out at this location is part of FBN’s input direct sales and logistics operations. The bulk of activities are coordination of the logistics for products being supplied from the warehouses on Ball Road to the farmer members.”
The Myrtle location will also store and sell packaged oil products (jugs and small containers), vehicle and farm equipment batteries and oil filters.
“Planning Services has consulted both Building Services and Fire Services with regards to specific oil products being warehoused and they have confirmed that these products are not classified as dangerous goods under the National Fire Code. As such, the departments do not have any safety concerns with the proposed use,” said Koroluk.
With Monday’s decision city administration will now to proceed with Public Notification for Discretionary Use process after which the application will be brought back to Council for its review and final decision.
The application will also now be referred to the Planning and Infrastructure Commission for their input. The Commission’s recommendations will be brought back to Council, for their review and decision, in conjunction with the Public Hearing.