Condominium developer wants...
Condominium developer wants cap on salt pile height
PARRY SOUND - Complaints to the town began to roll in last fall.
Salt deliveries halted until fall.
The Sifto Salt salt pile as it sat Wednesday with Granite Harbour Condominiums in the background.
Cody Storm Cooper/Beacon Star
Granite Harbour Condominiums is complaining to the town about the use of the area to the west of the development for salt storage, despite assurances from the developer that they were both aware of and willing to coexist with operations at the Smelter Wharf.
Salt has been delivered to that port for at least the last 45 to 50 years.
At its April 17 council meeting, council directed staff to monitor the delivery of salt at the site, ensuring that the designated “public area” remain vacant until September 14 as per a request from the developer.
“I haven’t got any complaints, through me, from any actual residents,” said Iain Laing, town director of community development Wednesday morning. “It’s only from the corporation. I think what the corporation’s concern is, it’s having an impact on their ability to sell units.”
Laing said there is a provision in the lease between Sifto Salt and the town that allows the town, if it chooses, to tell the company to keep a certain area of the dock clear.
“In the lease there’s a provision that if the town gives Sifto notice, that area (will be) left vacant until September 14...by all accounts Sifto has indicated to us that they’re not going to send another boat now until after September 14 so everything is supposedly fine. Granite Harbour felt that (Sifto) was going to fill the (property) past the line that they are not supposed to (cross) and we were in touch with Sifto and made sure they weren’t going to do that and they didn’t do that.”
In his report to council, Laing pointed out that a development agreement signed between the town and Granite Harbour clearly spelled out operations on the property and impacts that it may have on the development and its residents.
“The developer recognizes and acknowledges that a commercial port exists abutting the said lands to the west,” states part of the agreement. “The operations of this port have the potential to impact the project...purchasers are advised that sound levels from port operations may continue to be of concern, occasionally interfering with some activities of the dwelling occupants...the Town of Parry Sound will not be responsible for any complaints or claims arising from use of such facilities and/or operations on the aforesaid port.”
In a letter to Laing, on behalf of the developer, planner John Jackson said the height of the salt pile continues to rise and said there needs to be a regulated height limit.
“We have no control over that,” Laing said of the height of the salt pile. “There’s nothing in the lease that says, ‘you can only have the salt pile this high.’ There is no authority that we have to prevent them from filling it as high as they can. I think gravity and physics, limits them to a certain height, otherwise the salt will flow over the wharf into the water, or go off their property.”
As per council’s direction, Laing said staff would continue to monitor the Smelter Wharf through the summer to ensure that there are no more deliveries until September 14.