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Appeal of large Aberfoyle truck HQ has been withdrawn

A planning consultant for the project said the proponent agreed to add more noise mitigation which solved the issue
rezoning sign Aberfoyle
A rezoning sign on 128 Brock Road S. in Aberfoyle.

PUSLINCH – An appeal against a trucking headquarters approved for Puslinch has been withdrawn. 

Pierre Chauvin, a planning consultant for the proposal at 126-128 Brock Rd. S. in Puslinch, confirmed via email the appeal to the Ontario Land Tribunal had been formally withdrawn before a motion to dismiss hearing in December. 

“They essentially just wanted more noise mitigation (fencing) as it relates to their property,” Chauvin wrote. “We agreed to provide, problem solved.”

In the summer, Puslinch council approved a controversial rezoning for the property to permit a trucking company headquarters consisting of a three-storey office building, warehouse and parking area for trucks. 

This proposal drew push back from nearby residents in Aberfoyle who felt it would bring too much traffic and noise while not fitting the character of the area. 

The application was originally spearheaded by Wellington Motor Freight and the headquarters would have consolidated two existing offices for over 100 employees and 50 drivers. 

At the meeting where the rezoning was approved, It was revealed Wellington Motor Freight may no longer be involved in the project and the property owner was moving ahead with the proposal and planned to lease the building to Wellington Motor Freight or another company. 

As the appeal has been withdrawn, local resident Cam McConnell, who was active in the opposition to the application, is left feeling uncertain about what’s to come and fears a busier operation will set up shop there.

“I’m not confident anyone will be held to the same standard,” McConnell said in a phone call, referencing Wellington Motor Freight. “Who knows what’s going to happen.


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Keegan Kozolanka

About the Author: Keegan Kozolanka

Keegan Kozolanka is a general assignment reporter for EloraFergusToday, covering Wellington County. Keegan has been working with Village Media for more than two years and helped launch EloraFergusToday in 2021.
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