February 11, 2019
Public Statement – Town of Wolfville
Amendments to planning documents regarding craft beverages and off-site sales
There have been a number of questions and comments from members of the public about the Church Brewing Company’s intentions regarding selling some of the beer it produces off-site, the communications between the Town and the Company, and how off-site sales factored into the Town’s dealings with the Company and the decision to issue the Development Permit 329 Main Street dated May 30, 2018.
The assessment of applications for Development Permits and the decisions on whether to grant Development Permits are made by the Town’s Development Officer. In this case, the Development Officer made the decision that the proposed development at 329 Main Street met the requirements of the Town’s Land Use By-Law and therefore granted the Development Permit. The decision to grant the Development Permit and the validity of it were upheld by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in the Court Decision dated September 5, 2018, but the Court also stated that based on the current wording of the Town’s Land Use By-Law, off-site sales of beer were not permitted.
In making the decision to grant the Development Permit, the Development Officer did not have any information regarding the issue of off-site sales and off-site sales was not an issue that factored into the decision to issue the permit. The maximum volume permitted was set at 15,000 hectolitres per year because that is the maximum volume for a microbrewery according to Nova Scotia Liquor Commission policy.
The amendments to the planning documents currently before Town Council deal with whether the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-Law should be amended to allow off-site sales of product from developments that are approved for craft beverage uses and other uses as an accessory use in the C-1 zone. The Town will continue to try to answer questions and provide information that is relevant to the proposed amendments, but will not be answering any further questions about the lead up to the issuance of the Development Permit for 329 Main Street.
Applications for the Community Partnerhip Program Grants will be accepted until February 28th, 2019..
Primary - 5 Students of Wolfville School Welcome
If you know of someone in our community that deserves recognition for their volunteer contributions, please nominate them!
Any Adult, Youth, Couple or Group of Volunteers from the Town of Wolfville qualifies!
The Town of Wolfville will be selecting a representative from the nominees we receive for the 44th Annual Provincial Volunteer Award Luncheon and Ceremony.
There are Provincial Awards for: Volunteer Representative; Family; and, Youth.
Here are some of the things you should include with your nomination:
Name, Phonetic spelling, Mailing address, Postal Code, Phone number(s), Email address.
Summarize in 100 words or less the overall impact the Volunteer has made to their community.
What makes this Volunteer stand out?
What are some highlights of the Volunteer’s (volunteer) career that they are particularly proud of or that should be featured?
When did they start volunteering?
What motivated them to start volunteering?
What are the organizations that have been most affected by their volunteering?
What were some of the impacts?
Please email nominations by February 15th to:
The Agenda package for the next Town Council meeting on Tuesday January 22nd is now available on the Town’s website in the normal way.
Please be advised that the first reading for the proposed craft brewery amendments will be discussed at a separate, Special Town Council meeting on Monday February 4th at 6.30 pm. Venue to be confirmed. This will allow additional time to process information that has been obtained to date on this matter, and to allow for the full development of the staff report that will ultimately go to a public hearing if the first reading is passed on February 4th.
It will be advantageous for all to have the benefit of reading the full staff report in advance of the first reading so that there is ample time for careful consideration by all.
It is anticipated that the staff report will be available on our website on Thursday, January 31st.
The Town of Wolfville is now offering customers the opportunity to receive future Utility and/or Property Tax bills by e-mail.
To register, please complete the E-Billing Registration form.
Or enter https://www.wolfville.ca/ebilling.html in your browser if the link above does not work.
We still have a few spots left in our 6-week Afterschool winter activity program.
Try out some fun, and maybe some new activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, geocaching and more!
Click Here to find out more: https://wolfville.ca/recreation-programs.html#SnowDivas
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has approved amendments to the Town of Wolfville Schedule of Rates for Water and Water Services.
For water supplied on and after January 1, 2019 the water rate will be $3.33 per 1,000 gallons.
A Full copy of the Town of Wolfville Water Utility Schedule of Rates and Charges for Water and Water Services and the Schedule of Rules and Regulations is available by clicking here .
Snow Divas aims to get students in grades 5-9 active after school, and is aimed towards teenaged girls but open to all.