At tonight’s Committee of the Whole meeting of Cobourg Council, an application for a Zoning By-Law amendment was received from the new owners of the Woodlawn at 420 Division Street. The property is currently zoned District Commercial and the new owners are applying to allow it to be used as a rehabilitation centre. The company is Canadian Centre for Addictions which already has a location in Port Hope (see web site below). Although not required legally, Cobourg’s policy is that re-zoning applications like this should include a public meeting so one will be held. When asked when this might be, Director McGlashon suggested November 30 was likely. In addition the applicant will likely also hold a virtual open House – they feel that their track record in Port Hope would be a positive.
This is not the first application to set up a rehabilitation centre in Cobourg. Last July, a request came before Council for a building permit to use the Medical Centre opposite the high school as a rehabilitation centre. The applicant’s name was not provided. However, planning staff determined that current zoning did not allow that use, or rather, that such a use was not defined. As a result, a decision on that application was deferred until completion of a study by Meridian Planning Consultants Inc. as to how to manage zoning generally for such establishments and perhaps even until the bylaw review is completed in September 2021. Part of the concern with the use of the Medical centre was its proximity to the high school. No doubt the Woodlawn’s relative proximity to St. Michael elementary school on University will be a concern. The public meetings should be interesting.
- Decision on Drug Rehabilitation Centre Deferred – 28 July 2020
- Canadian Centre for Addictions
- Woodlawn Business closing Statement