Cornwall city hall
CORNWALL, Ontario - City hall has the legal guns loaded in its defence of an interim control bylaw that is keeping construction crews from completing a pair of controversial chemical tanks on Cornwall's waterfront.
A last-minute appeal of the bylaw was filed by Trillium Distribution, the company doing the work, on Friday.
Mayor Bob Kilger said the city will defend itself.
"It is unfortunate that we have an appeal against city council's decisive action in passing the Interim Control Bylaw," said Kilger. "However, we will defend council's action and basis for passing the bylaw."
Trillium had until Friday to file the appeal.
Stephen alexander, the city's planning manager, said it could be a while before the matter is settled.
"Appeals of this nature are heard by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and the city will be forwarding the matter to the OMB," he said. "Typically it takes several months for a hearing date to be set for such matters."
The Interim Control Bylaw prevents the use of the land for any use other than open space and is in effect for a period of one year, with a possible oneyear extension. It is intended to give council and city staff an opportunity to study and subsequently consider adopting different zoning strategies for the area. The bylaw will remain in effect pending the outcome of the appeal before the OMB.