Kincardine council has granted approval for a rezoning that will
facilitate the severance of the Underwood United Church manse from the
In planning advisory committee Wednesday night (Dec. 9), Bruce County
planner Bruce Stickney explained that the land is zoned institutional
which is consistent with the current use as a church and manse. The
applicant, the Underwood Wesley Pastoral Charge, wants to sever the lot
containing the manse and change the zoning to R-1 (Residential Special),
reflecting the proposed use as a private, single-detached dwelling. It
also wants to change the zoning on the church portion to I-e
(Institutional Special) to permit the continued use as a church with
special provisions. There is no new development proposed on either the
severed or retained lots, he said.
Stickney noted that both lots are slightly deficient under the
requirements of the municipal zoning bylaw.
Deputy mayor Laura Haight pointed out the Grey Bruce Health Unit has no
concerns about the septic system on two separate lots.
"I am relying on the health unit to provide its assessment," said
Stickney. "It said the system is in good working order. There is also
sufficient space on both lots to accommodate a new system if that is
required in the future."
"What about the parking for the church?" asked councillor Ron Hewitt.
Stickney said the pastoral charge has a letter from the adjacent
property owner who allows church parking for now. If that were to
change, the congregation would have to park its vehicles on the nearby
streets. He added that the church has access from Highway 21 but if
there are concerns, the congregation would have to use Mary Street.
Meanwhile, the former manse has an access off Sanctuary Street.
Traffic on Mary Street could be an issue in the future, said Stickney,
but there is no problem now, provided the church has parking on the
Council approved the amendment to the municipal zoning bylaw.