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A proposal for a semi-detached dwelling on an empty lot in the Home Avenue residential neighbourhood in Vankleek Hill has upset many of the adjacent homeowners. —photo Gregg Chamberlain

A sunny Sunday afternoon in Vankleek Hill as dozens upon dozens of tractors rolled along the village streets to celebrate the community’s farming heritage. The August 16 event was part of a small-scale celebration in place of the annual Vankleek Hill Fair, which was cancelled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. —photo Gregg Chamberlain


request stage. The property is classed as R1 residential, for single-family housing. Michel Murray, the property owners, wants the zoning changed to R2 residential, which would allow him to build a semi-detached dwelling.from their constituents about the proposed rezoning. Ward 1 councillors Peter Barton and Troy Carkner both noted they have received “lots of verbal complaints” about the rezo- ning request. Councillor Violaine Tittley, who represents Ward 3, expressed support for the Ward One residents opposed to the rezoning. “A semi-detached dwelling does not belong on Home Avenue,” she said. Murray told council during the teleconfe- rence that he “does not understand” the opposition to having a semi-detached dwelling in the neighbourhood. Council received both Laforest’s report along with all the letters of opposition to the rezoning request. A final report on the issue will be part of next month’s council agenda for review and either approval or disapproval.

A rezoning request to allow a semi- detached house in the Home Avenue neighbourhood of Vankleek Hill has some of the neighbours upset. Jennifer Laforest, Champlain Township’s senior planner, noted “quite a few letters” arrived in her office from homeowners in the Home Avenue area of Vankleek Hill about a proposal to build a semi-detached dwelling on the empty lot between the exis- ting houses at 94 and 86 Home Avenue. During her report to township council during an August 14 public hearing tele- conference, Laforest noted that most of the issues listed in the dozen or more letters concerned the impact of a semi-detached dwelling on traffic in the neighbourhood, impact on the local landscape, and also whether a semi-detached residence is compatible with all of the single-family homes in the area. Right now the proposal is at the rezoning


included a colouring contest for children, and a Sunday afternoon tractor parade. Dozens of tractors, including a couple with sun shades rolled out from the Vankleek Hill Fair grounds just after 1 p.m. and made their way through the village. Tractors of all makes, models, and sizes dominated Main Street on their way back to the fair grounds. The fair society is now occupied with planning for next year and the triumphant return of the annual Vankleek Hill Fair in 2021.

Tractors took over the streets of Vankleek Hill on Sunday afternoon. The annual Vankleek Hill Fair became one of casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic as the Vankleek Hill Fair Society was forced to cancel the popular celebration of the farming heritage for the Champlain Township area. But fair organizers still wanted to comme- morate the local agricultural sector, so they organized a smaller-scale festive event that


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The Vankleek Hill Farmers Market will remain until at least autumn at its new location on Derby Street in the parking lot of the former municipal daycare. Township council agreed to allow an extension of the agreement with the VKH Farmers Market Society for use of the site. The farmers’ market is a popular weekend feature of Vankleek Hill and was located at the Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute until the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Upper Canada District School Board to close its facilities to community groups. —photo Gregg Chamberlain

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