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Fire academy being proposed for Waubaushene

The proposed zoning bylaw amendment for property on 36 Hazel Street will allow for a fire fighting academy to be built in the east-end township hamlet.
Tay Township will be conducting a public planning meeting to get feedback on a zoning bylaw amendment to allow for a fire fighting academy to be built on the propety. Mehreen Shahid/MidlandToday

The approval of a zoning bylaw amendment could allow for a fire fighting academy to be built in a Tay Township hamlet.

The application coming forward for public consultation this Wednesday evening is seeking to add “private career college” as a site-specific permitted use on the property located at 36 Hazel St., which is presently zoned institutional. The new use is to facilitate the land to be used for a firefighting training and education facility by Southwest Fire Academy (SFA). 

The application is also seeking some accessory uses for the college building, specifically allowing for overnight accommodations for a maximum of 15 consecutive nights. 

Other site-specific uses include one detached accessory building, outdoor parking and storage of a vehicle to be used for training purposes, the outdoor use of a decommissioned railroad car for the purpose of training, and a minimum of 37 off-street parking spaces for the college. The application also specifically states that no live fires are proposed for the site. 

The 2.18 acres of land is surrounded by low-density residential areas and backs onto 175 m of Trans Canada Trail. The site was the former Waubaushene Elementary School and had been vacant since 2015. 

The submitted application also includes comment from the Severn Sound Environmental Association, which has written in saying that no environmental impact study is required for the land in question. The letter also states that there are no woodlands, wetlands, or areas of natural and scientific interest on the property.

The SSEA also recommends that property owners are responsible for ensuring that activity being undertaken on the property does not contravene with any applicable legislation or regulations under the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Birds Convention Act, and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

The presentation included in the agenda also answers a question asked by the township's chief administrative officer around mitigating noise for surrounding houses. 

The presentation states that strategic landscaping to supplement privacy and screening from abutting residential areas.

Residents with questions and comments can contact Steven Farquharson, general manager, protective and development services via email at or by phone at (705)534-7248 ext. 225. 

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and can be viewed online via Zoom or via the township's website. An audio-only version of the meeting can be accessed via telephone by calling (705)999-0385 and entering meeting ID number 851 7203 4877 followed by #.