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On Monday Meaford Council will be hearing a request from a resident for a land transfer and zoning amendment of some municipal parkland in Leith for a waterfront pub and parking, more than doubling his existing lot. Some other residents will be there with questions and concerns.

The land was once a gift to the municipality for public enjoyment, and it currently provides parking and access to Telfer Creek and Owen Sound Bay. Both shore and boat anglers use this area as well as non-fisher people.

The building on the property has been a store, a restaurant, and a golf clubhouse, and is currently a private residence. The owner would like to remove the existing building and build a two-storey structure – a pub with two residential units above it. He has offered use of washrooms to the public during his daytime business hours, and wants to reserve the right to return the building to a residential use, in the event that his business closes.

The current proposal would reduce the number of public parking spaces, and the existing semi-circular drive would be removed. Questions about the drainage of a large septic bed near the sandy beach, boat launch access and the safety of a new vehicular exit onto Grey Road 15 have also been raised among beach users. Mayor Barb Clumpus says she is eager for input from the community.

The public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 10 in the Meaford Council Chambers, 157859 7thLine.






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