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Public meeting coming up regarding possible vet clinic in Orillia

Zoning bylaw amendment requested for 1080 Mississaga St. W., formerly home to hospital's Adult Diabetes Education Centre
2020-10-26 former Orillia Adult Diabetes Education Centre
A veterinarian is hoping to convert the former location of the Adult Diabetes Education Centre on Mississaga Street West into a clinic. Nathan Taylor/OrilliaMatters file photo

The city will hold a public meeting next week regarding a veterinarian’s plan to bring a new clinic to Orillia.

A zoning bylaw amendment has been requested for the property at 1080 Mississaga St. W.

The building is owned by Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, which, until last fall, had run its Adult Diabetes Education Centre there before relocating it.

The applicant is proposing to renovate the building to convert the interior into a veterinary clinic. Expansions to the building footprint and the gross floor area are not being proposed.

“The purpose and effect of the proposed zoning bylaw amendment is to permit a veterinary clinic within the existing commercial building and recognize existing deficient landscaped open space and landscape buffer strip areas,” reads a notice from the city.

Residents and city council members will have a chance to provide feedback on the proposal during a virtual public meeting that will take place Sept. 20 at 1 p.m.

Those wanting to participate must register by contacting deputy clerk Megan Williams at mwilliams@orillia.ca or 705-325-5408 no later than noon on Sept. 19.

For those who cannot or do not want to participate electronically, questions and comments are required to be submitted in advance to intermediate planner Nick Skerratt at nskerratt@orillia.ca or by dropping them off in the drop slot outside of the Orillia City Centre at 50 Andrew St. S., marked to the attention of Skerratt.