Last October, Council was advised that the new owners of the Woodlawn had applied for re-zoning to allow its use as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. At Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole Council meeting, the results of the public meeting were presented and Council was asked to approve re-zoning to allow the project to continue. But first, three of the seven members of Council declared conflicts because they owned nearby properties (Councillors Darling and Chorley) or worked for a company that does business with the owners (Councillor Burchat). This left four councillors to make the decision. Ryan Guetter of Weston Consulting represented the owners and provided two documents with responses to questions asked at the public meeting in November. Rob Franklin also wrote a comprehensive report recommending approval of rezoning (see links below).
The documentation is comprehensive and staff seemed to think that citizen concerns were all answered. Ryan also said that fencing design would respond to feedback received and would be in keeping with the Heritage status of the building.
The new bylaw would be specific to this location and would not apply to any other location (e.g. the Medical centre at 316 King East). In response to a question from Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin, Director of Planning Glenn McGlashon said that the promised general review of bylaws about this kind of facility would be coming to Council in a month or so.
The new bylaw specifically allows:
Rehabilitation/Detox Treatment Centre – shall mean a private, fee-based facility that primarily offers secure, supervised specialized care, treatment and/or rehabilitation services on an in-patient basis for individuals who are addicted to chemical substances and/or alcohol. Services shall generally include 24-hour accommodation for a period equal to or greater than seven (7) consecutive days where meals are served to patrons. The premises may also include accessory offices, lounges and meeting rooms. A Rehabilitation/Detox Treatment Centre shall not include a Group Home I or II, Emergency Care Establishment, Medical Clinic, Clinic, Wellness Centre, Boarding or Lodging House, or Hotel/Motel. For the purpose of this use, “secure” shall mean monitored and controlled ingress and egress to the facility at all times.
Glenn said that this property usage:
- Meets requirements of both the County and Town Official Plans
- Is not a transition house
- Does not have any drugs or alcohol on the premises
- Has no interaction with the community
- There are no in-out privileges
He also said that there have been no adverse neighbourhood interactions in the similar Port Hope property – neighbours there said “We don’t even know you are here”.
The Planning and Development Advisory Committee also “endorses the conclusions and recommendations of the Planning Report”.
Note that the design of the fence is not part of re-zoning but will be covered in the Site Plan which will come before Council at a future date.
The re-zoning bylaw was approved 3 -1 with Suzanne Séguin voting against. The bylaw will need to be finally approved at the next regular Council meeting on February 22.
The documents below include 25 responses to questions asked.
- Woodlawn re-purposing explained – 2 December 2020
- Woodlawn as Rehabilitation Centre – 7 October 2020
- Decision on Drug Rehabilitation Centre Deferred – 28 July 2020 – about 316 King Street East
Documents supporting Re-zoning
- Application for Zoning Amendment – 420 Division Street – Report by Rob Franklin – Town of Cobourg Manager of Planning
- APPENDIX I Planning Justification Report – 420 Division Street – by Weston Consulting
- APPENDIX II – Public Planning Meeting Nov 30 – Minutes by Town
- APPENDIX III Weston response to comments Dec 22
- APPENDIX IV – Comments Response Matrix – by Weston Consulting
- APPENDIX V- Agency CPS – letter from Cobourg Police Chief
- APPENDIX VI – By-law xx-2021 Approve a ZBA-420 Division – Bylaw to approve re-zoning
- Memo from Planning and Development Advisory Committee