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Cornwall passes first reading of bylaw amendment allowing microbrewery

Coun. Jill MacIsaac speaks during Wednesday’s Cornwall council meeting. Council passed the first reading of a bylaw amendment that will add “microbrewery” to the town’s special permit uses in commercial zones.
Coun. Jill MacIsaac speaks during Wednesday’s Cornwall council meeting. Council passed the first reading of a bylaw amendment that will add “microbrewery” to the town’s special permit uses in commercial zones. - Mitch MacDonald
CORNWALL, P.E.I. —

A former dental clinic is one step closer to producing craft beer.

Council voted unanimously during the town’s April monthly meeting to rezone the site of the former Cornwall Dental Clinic from public service and institutional to commercial.

Council also passed the first reading of a bylaw amendment adding “microbrewery,” as defined in P.E.I.’s Liquor Control Act, as a special permit use in the commercial zone.

While the bylaw will still have to go through a second reading, Bryan Carver, who applied to rezone the parcel, was happy.

“It’s great,” said Carver, a certified cicerone who plans to name the brewery Village Green.

Even after a second reading, council will still have an opportunity to decide whether the special permit use application for Village Green will move forward.

Coun. Jill MacIsaac, who chairs the town’s planning committee, said she likes the idea of having a microbrewery in the community.

“I love business coming into the community,” said MacIsaac. “Especially young entrepreneurship.”

If all goes well, Carver said he would hope to be in production sometime in August.

The meeting also saw council grant special permit use to allow for a small childcare facility to operate on MacRae Drive.

The town will soon see an updated official plan and zoning bylaws, with council also voting during the meeting to accept a proposal from Stantec for $29,939, plus HST, to perform a comprehensive review and update of the documents.


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