2019-10-23

Lunenburg planning policy change would allow for ABCO expansion - company director

by Keith Corcoran

A well-known Lunenburg firm says current land-use planning rules restricts the potential of a future - and sizable - expansion of its manufacturing operations and wants its Tannery Road area lands freed from architectural controls.

ABCO Industries wants a planning policy change, specifically an amendment to the future land-use map in the municipal planning strategy, effectively removing six properties from heritage design requirements within that area.

Jason Huskilson, of ABCO 3-H Holdings, suggested the company wants the same opportunities as a separate, neighbouring operation, which does similar work with more land-use wiggle room.

  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN, PHOTO</p><p>Lunenburg town council discusses a presentation from ABCO Industries Holdings and ABCO Industries concerning the firm&#8217;s request to remove six of the company&#8217;s Tannery Road properties from the town&#8217;s architectural control planning rules.</p>

If forced to adhere to existing conditions, the growth will stall and ownership may need to re-think its strategy, Huskilson told a town council meeting in Lunenburg on October 22.

Council, after a brief discussion, invited ABCO to apply to have the properties removed via the Planning Advisory Committee, which will make a recommendation to council for consideration.

After the council meeting, Mayor Rachel Bailey cautioned it's neither an endorsement nor a denial of ABCO's request at this point.

Some people were confusing the land-use matter with ABCO Holdings' plans to potentially acquire harbour sea bed property near its Tannery Road address as it contemplates developing commercial and/or residential buildings in the area. That project, which Huskilson said previously, would require "some infill" if successful at the conclusion of a lengthy regulatory process involving multiple levels of government. Two totally different things, town officials said.

Huskilson declined to discuss the status of that matter with LighthouseNOW.

"Our primary focus has, and will continue to be, the growth of ABCO," he said in an email. "We have taken the town's position into consideration but at this point we are concentrated on the steps required to take ABCO to the next level."

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