Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 10 - September 23 2015


 Volume 10, September 23, 2015   Facebook icon Facebook   Twitter icon Twitter   YouTube logo YouTube 
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Council has given zoning and site plan approval for a new winery and distillery on lands next to Trius Winery at Niagara Stone Road (Regional Road 55) and Line 3 Road. 

Known as the Wayne Gretzky Winery and Distillery, it will be developed by Andrew Peller Limited and features a design by award-winning architect Gren Weis.

The proposed 15,000 square foot facility includes a winery, craft distillery, tasting area, retail and hospitality spaces, fermentation facilities, offices and storage areas and high quality landscaping to surround the buildings.

The plan calls for an entrance and exit off Regional Road 55 and staff has been asked to give this extra attention during the site plan review process.

Construction will begin later this year with the Grand Opening planned for Spring 2017.


The Town has unveiled its first public electric vehicle charging station.  

Located in the parking lot behind the Court House on Market Street (next to the public washrooms), the charging station is free to use, however drivers must pay for parking in that spot.

Town staff will monitor its use and report back to Council in the future.  The project complements an announcement earlier this year by NOTL Hydro of a partnership with Tech Mahindra Ltd. to build an Intelligent Electric Vehicle Charging System (IEVCS) to avoid expensive upgrades to the current distribution system as more people switch to electric cars.


An informal, volunteer committee will now become a Town Committee as it continues its research into whether Niagara-on-the-Lake qualifies for a World Heritage designation under UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). 

World Heritage designations are reserved for properties considered to have assets of “Outstanding Universal Value.”  UNESCO officials would also assess our existing planning and development policies. 

The committee will work towards compiling a written submission to Parks Canada to be considered for Canada’s Tentative List under UNESCO criteria.


Close to 75 people attended a community engagement session on September 8 to review proposed policies under the Town’s revised Official Plan.

During a series of public engagement sessions last year, residents shared their views on a range of issues related to the future growth of our community, including heritage, arts and culture, the built environment, and agriculture and the environment.

Now, with the assistance of Planscape and their team of consultants from Watson & Associates and North-South Environmental, a number of Official Plan policies and technical reports have been developed to include Growth Management issues, the Natural Heritage System, Agricultural Land Use and Implementation Options for the Official Plan.

There will be future public meetings on the Official Plan and we encourage residents to review the September 8 presentation on the Town’s website at

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At its September 21, 2015, meeting, Town Council approved:

Funding from the Capital Levy Reserve for an emergency repair of the Epp Drain Outlet on the Niagara River Parkway.  From September 23 to November 6, the Parkway will be closed from John Street to Ricardo Street (Navy Hall Circle) to all through traffic to undertake this repair.

An Official Plan Amendment to update policies for severance of residences on agricultural lands which are surplus to the needs of a farming operation and to better reflect the provincial Green Belt Plan.

Zoning By-law Amendment to allow for the expansion of operations at Vineland Growers Co-Op.  The amendment has been designed to allow staff to address neighbours’ concerns about landscape buffering,  traffic and dust in the site plan amendments.

A final extension to a Draft Plan of Subdivision for the property known as “Boatworks Subdivision” at 526 Regent Street.

A 10-year callable loan agreement between the Town as lender and NOTL Hydro as borrower in the amount of $2 Million.

Inclusion of a street lighting project for Niagara-on-the-Green Park in the 2016 Capital Budget.

Traffic and Parking By-law Amendments for an all-way stop at the intersection of Johnson and Gate Streets, and a future review of all-way stops at Johnson & Nassau Streets and Garrison Village next to the CIBC bank; as well as changes to the speed limit on Line 9 Road to reflect 50 km/hr between Four Mile Creek and Concession 3 Roads and a 60 km/hr  limit between Concession 3 and Concession 1 Roads.

Heritage designation of 46 Paxton Lane (Paxton House) and 240 Centre Street (Breakenridge-Ure House).

Tender of $69,937.96 from Henderson Recreation Equipment Ltd. for playground equipment and rubberized surface at the new St. Davids Park on Tanbark Road.


Given the War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee’s work to recognize the important role of Six Nations and Native Allies during the War of 1812,  the release of the federal Truth and Reconciliation Report, and the many significant contributions by Native peoples in the history of Niagara, the Lord Mayor has proclaimed September 21, 2015, to September 21, 2016, as the “Year of Reconciliation.”


General Resolutions

That Council approves the Niagara District Airport’s request to enter into a Limited Partnership Agreement for the installation of solar panels at the Airport.

That the Government of Ontario stop the sale of Hydro One in its current form, separate Hydro One into transmission and distribution companies, only sell ownership if part of a broader plan to improve electricity rates and keep proceeds in that sector, and respect the autonomy and local decision-making powers of local distribution companies and not force them into mergers or sales.

That the Town endorses the sewer and water line warranty service supported by Local Authority Services and that it enter into an agreement related to the marketing of this service to municipal residents.

Councillor Collard – That the the Town join the Community Schools Alliance at a cost of $750 for 2015, that it encourages other communities in Niagara to do the same and that this resolution be forwarded to all municipalities and MPP Wayne Gates.

That the Town calls on the Region of Niagara and the Niagara Regional Police Services Board to adopt the OPP community billing program for Niagara so all property owners  pay an equal base rate plus costs for actual police service calls and that the motion be sent to those Niagara municipalities which also pay more than the median amount for police services.

Councillor Disero – That Town staff prepare a report for an October/November COTW meeting advising of the budget implications to hold an “informal” charrette to assess the impact of increased residential development in St. Davids and determine economic development needs in the commercial core of St. Davids.

That the Director of Operations meet with the St. Davids Ratepayers Association’s Communities in Bloom subcommittee to discuss future plans for the program in St. Davids.

That the Director of Operations present a staff report by March 2016 outlining budget implications for future maintenance of areas around storm water management ponds within the community.


About 45 residents turned out on September 8 for a facilitated discussion by the Town’s Active Transportation Committee on how to improve walking and cycling trails in our community. 

The next session is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Mary Snider Room at the Centennial Arena.  Residents are invited to contact June Pozzebon in the Operations Department at 905-468-3266 ext. 275 for more information.
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LANDSCAPE OF NATIONS GROUNDBREAKING - To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the historic Council of Peace and Reconciliation between the Six Nations of Niagara and Upper State New York and the British Crown, a special celebration was held on Tuesday, September 1, which included the official groundbreaking of the Landscape of Nations memorial at Queenston Heights Park. To donate to this project, please visit or contact
2015 GRAPE KING CROWNED - Jamie Slingerland of Pillitteri Estate Winery was crowned this year’s Grape King as part of the annual Niagara Grape & Wine Festival.  Pictured with Jamie are Lord Mayor Pat Darte, 2014 Grape King Kevin Buis and Bill George of the Grape Growers of Ontario.
  TENNIS COURTS REFURBISHED - Tennis courts in St. Davids Lions Park were recently resurfaced with an acrylic finish and will be open to the public on September 23.  Similar work on the Garrison Village Green Park courts should be completed by next week, weather permitting.    
WATERFRONT ACCESS EXPANDED - The residence at 105 Riverbeach Road, which the Town purchased a few years ago, was recently demolished to create new parkland along the waterfront. This area has been seeded and will be open to the public once the grass is in place. 
NIAGARA ARTISTS ON DISPLAY - The Niagara Pumphouse Art Gallery is hosting a juried show of original artworks to celebrate a wine country theme until September 27.  Featured Niagara artists include Ron Clavier, Ken Cosgrove, David Drum, Janice Low, Wendy Malowany and Tony Smith.  Please visit for more information.

ALZHEIMER'S COFFEE BREAK - Please join us for a Coffee Break in support of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 28, 2015, at the Town Municipal Offices, 1593 Four Mile Creek Road, Virgil.  Coffee and cake will be served.

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