A commercial lot, on the north side of County Road 2, in Iroquois has been approved for residential use.
Council approved a zoning change that will allow two semi-detached structures, containing four residential units, to be built on the property.
The commercial zoning has been retained but a special exception will allow for the residential development. Normally, residential uses are not allowed in commercial zones.
“I have no problem with it, as long as the option is left open for commercial use,” said South Dundas councillor Archie Mellan.
Councillor Evonne Delegarde also supported the amendment. “There is demand for more residential use in Iroquois, and there’s not a lot of demand for commercial.”
“I will support it,” said South Dundas deputy mayor Jim Locke. “It’s not ideal, but I can understand them (Swank) wanting to use the property.”
Although the majority of council approved the amendment, South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds did express his objections.
“Putting residential in a commercial district is a recipe for disaster,” he said. “This is in our commercial district. You say you want to grow Iroquois, but you just took a piece of commercial property away.”
Regardless of the mayor’s opinion, the amendment was approved.