Public meeting in wake of Second Street worm business

(Newswatch Group/File)

CORNWALL – The city will hold a public meeting next month to look at its zoning standards when it comes to home-based businesses.

The issue struck a public chord and turned into a national media firestorm last month after a family on Second Street West was given written notice to take down signage and to stop commercial transactions from their home, associated with their sons’ worm business.

Cornwall Senior Planner Mary Joyce-Smith told Cornwall Newswatch Tuesday she was in the middle of a fact-finding mission with other municipalities on their standards.

Joyce-Smith said, while she’s “super early” into the research, she was finding a number of variations between municipalities when it came to the number and size of signs.

The goal is to have a proposal to change or not change the bylaw with respect to home occupation standards at the Sept. 21 public meeting at city hall.

“All Ken (Planning Supervisor Ken Bedford) said was we would look at our home occupation provisions to see what we could do, if we could do anything. Maybe we can do nothing. So, it’s a review, I can’t promise anything right now,” Joyce-Smith said.

At that meeting, the public will have a chance to review the analysis, make objections, comments and the committee will also receive public letters before PAC makes a recommendation to city council.

The bylaw has been amended many times, however the original document is from 1969.

The planning advisory committee (PAC) public meeting on Sept. 21 starts at 7 p.m.

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