Storage shed permitted close to County Road 3 in North Dundas

A diagram from a SD&G county council agenda on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 shows the proposed fabric storage shed to be put up outside Jed Express in North Dundas. County council has approved a reduced setback from the road. (SD&G via Newswatch Group)

WINCHESTER – County council has given its blessing to allow a North Dundas company to build a “semi-permanent” storage shed a little closer than usually permitted to a county road.

The council approved the reduced setback application for JED Express on Monday morning, allowing the fabric storage building anchored by concrete blocks to be erected 62 feet (19 meters) from the center line of County Road 3 instead of the normal 100 feet (30 meters).

The proposed building is 60 feet long and 40 feet wide with a single door facing at right angle to the entrance to the property (door is parallel to County Road 3).

As part of the agreement, the company has to waive any legal responsibility for damage from the county, such as rocks or wet snow thrown from a plow during winter. JED Express also has to pay for any maintenance or repair to a nearby drainage pipe under the building.

Should the company change hands, the owner has to advise future owners of the requirements.

Coun. Lyle Warden (South Glengarry) called the agreement reasonable while Coun. Tony Fraser (North Dundas) asked if there were any concerns about traffic.

“I see that they use that area as a parking area, so I don’t foresee there’s going to be any significant change to the operation of what’s going in and out of the area. My understanding, it’s not going to be a frequently used building,” Planning Director Ben de Haan told council.

Coun. Kirsten Gardner (South Dundas) wondered if the conditions could have been registered on title but de Haan said he was “not 100 per cent sure we can register it on title.”