New Waterdown car wash clears planning hurdle

News Sep 03, 2015 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A new car wash in Waterdown is one step closer to fruition, after a required zoning amendment was approved by the city’s planning committee in mid-August.

The project, which includes an automated tunnel-style car wash, six coin-operated wash bays, a self-serve dog wash and accessory vacuum, received approval Aug. 11, after close to 18 months.

Business owner JJ Woodley, who also owns Red Hill Car Wash on the Mountain, said he is excited to be moving forward.

“It’s going to be a fantastic site,” he said, “I think Waterdown is lucky to have a site like this coming to their town.”

He noted the project had staff support going into committee and no residents spoke for or against the application.

As part of the approval, Woodley, who has been in the industry of designing and building car washes for 15 years, was required to pay all costs associated with extending a sanitary sewer, sanitary drain and storm drain connection from Hollybush Drive along Parkside to the property.

He added the sewer extension will be completed in conjunction with the planned redevelopment of Parkside Drive.

“While the road is torn up, our sewer is going to be extended and we are responsible for 100 per cent of the cost to extend from Hollybush over to our site,” he explained, noting the services will have to be extended about 300 metres. “We haven’t been given the price tag on that yet.”

Sally Yong-Lee, the city’s manager of infrastructure planning, said the Parkside Drive resurfacing will likely be tendered by the end of the year. However, construction will likely not occur until next year, she said.

Woodley noted he must also plant an evergreen buffer to protect nearby homes from headlights as part of the approval.

He added the sewer will have to be completed before construction starts.

“I could have all my approvals, but I won’t start construction until I know I’m going to be able to connect to the sewer and open for business,” he said. “Once we’re in the group and we have all of our approvals, it’s a five-month construction process.”

Based upon the current construction timelines for Parkside Drive, Woodley said the business is hoping for a fall 2016 opening.

Woodley added the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce and Ward 15 councillor Judi Partridge were supportive throughout the process.

FCC executive director Arend Kersten said there is a need for a drive-through car wash in the Waterdown area.

“We just think it’s a very natural, complimentary, much-needed business in the Waterdown area,” he said.

“We were delighted to support it as best we could.”

Kersten noted the car wash project should not have taken as long as it did to be approved.

“In my opinion, that application should have taken no longer than six months, instead of 18 months, to get where it is today,” he said. “We have been pushing the city to get better in terms of reviewing and making decisions with regards to zoning applications.”

Woodley told Mayor Fred Eisenberger in January at a FCC business roundtable that the zoning amendment issues he faced – which he was assured would not be an issue – delayed his project by eight months and cost him an additional $40,000.

Kersten added the city seems to be listening and be committed to improving the process.

“It shouldn’t have to take that long,” he said of Woodley’s project.

“This is a young man that has a dream and a vision and we should be doing everything we can to support him.”

New Waterdown car wash clears planning hurdle

Owner to pay all sewer, drainage costs for Parkside business

News Sep 03, 2015 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A new car wash in Waterdown is one step closer to fruition, after a required zoning amendment was approved by the city’s planning committee in mid-August.

The project, which includes an automated tunnel-style car wash, six coin-operated wash bays, a self-serve dog wash and accessory vacuum, received approval Aug. 11, after close to 18 months.

Business owner JJ Woodley, who also owns Red Hill Car Wash on the Mountain, said he is excited to be moving forward.

“It’s going to be a fantastic site,” he said, “I think Waterdown is lucky to have a site like this coming to their town.”

He noted the project had staff support going into committee and no residents spoke for or against the application.

As part of the approval, Woodley, who has been in the industry of designing and building car washes for 15 years, was required to pay all costs associated with extending a sanitary sewer, sanitary drain and storm drain connection from Hollybush Drive along Parkside to the property.

He added the sewer extension will be completed in conjunction with the planned redevelopment of Parkside Drive.

“While the road is torn up, our sewer is going to be extended and we are responsible for 100 per cent of the cost to extend from Hollybush over to our site,” he explained, noting the services will have to be extended about 300 metres. “We haven’t been given the price tag on that yet.”

Sally Yong-Lee, the city’s manager of infrastructure planning, said the Parkside Drive resurfacing will likely be tendered by the end of the year. However, construction will likely not occur until next year, she said.

Woodley noted he must also plant an evergreen buffer to protect nearby homes from headlights as part of the approval.

He added the sewer will have to be completed before construction starts.

“I could have all my approvals, but I won’t start construction until I know I’m going to be able to connect to the sewer and open for business,” he said. “Once we’re in the group and we have all of our approvals, it’s a five-month construction process.”

Based upon the current construction timelines for Parkside Drive, Woodley said the business is hoping for a fall 2016 opening.

Woodley added the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce and Ward 15 councillor Judi Partridge were supportive throughout the process.

FCC executive director Arend Kersten said there is a need for a drive-through car wash in the Waterdown area.

“We just think it’s a very natural, complimentary, much-needed business in the Waterdown area,” he said.

“We were delighted to support it as best we could.”

Kersten noted the car wash project should not have taken as long as it did to be approved.

“In my opinion, that application should have taken no longer than six months, instead of 18 months, to get where it is today,” he said. “We have been pushing the city to get better in terms of reviewing and making decisions with regards to zoning applications.”

Woodley told Mayor Fred Eisenberger in January at a FCC business roundtable that the zoning amendment issues he faced – which he was assured would not be an issue – delayed his project by eight months and cost him an additional $40,000.

Kersten added the city seems to be listening and be committed to improving the process.

“It shouldn’t have to take that long,” he said of Woodley’s project.

“This is a young man that has a dream and a vision and we should be doing everything we can to support him.”

New Waterdown car wash clears planning hurdle

Owner to pay all sewer, drainage costs for Parkside business

News Sep 03, 2015 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A new car wash in Waterdown is one step closer to fruition, after a required zoning amendment was approved by the city’s planning committee in mid-August.

The project, which includes an automated tunnel-style car wash, six coin-operated wash bays, a self-serve dog wash and accessory vacuum, received approval Aug. 11, after close to 18 months.

Business owner JJ Woodley, who also owns Red Hill Car Wash on the Mountain, said he is excited to be moving forward.

“It’s going to be a fantastic site,” he said, “I think Waterdown is lucky to have a site like this coming to their town.”

He noted the project had staff support going into committee and no residents spoke for or against the application.

As part of the approval, Woodley, who has been in the industry of designing and building car washes for 15 years, was required to pay all costs associated with extending a sanitary sewer, sanitary drain and storm drain connection from Hollybush Drive along Parkside to the property.

He added the sewer extension will be completed in conjunction with the planned redevelopment of Parkside Drive.

“While the road is torn up, our sewer is going to be extended and we are responsible for 100 per cent of the cost to extend from Hollybush over to our site,” he explained, noting the services will have to be extended about 300 metres. “We haven’t been given the price tag on that yet.”

Sally Yong-Lee, the city’s manager of infrastructure planning, said the Parkside Drive resurfacing will likely be tendered by the end of the year. However, construction will likely not occur until next year, she said.

Woodley noted he must also plant an evergreen buffer to protect nearby homes from headlights as part of the approval.

He added the sewer will have to be completed before construction starts.

“I could have all my approvals, but I won’t start construction until I know I’m going to be able to connect to the sewer and open for business,” he said. “Once we’re in the group and we have all of our approvals, it’s a five-month construction process.”

Based upon the current construction timelines for Parkside Drive, Woodley said the business is hoping for a fall 2016 opening.

Woodley added the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce and Ward 15 councillor Judi Partridge were supportive throughout the process.

FCC executive director Arend Kersten said there is a need for a drive-through car wash in the Waterdown area.

“We just think it’s a very natural, complimentary, much-needed business in the Waterdown area,” he said.

“We were delighted to support it as best we could.”

Kersten noted the car wash project should not have taken as long as it did to be approved.

“In my opinion, that application should have taken no longer than six months, instead of 18 months, to get where it is today,” he said. “We have been pushing the city to get better in terms of reviewing and making decisions with regards to zoning applications.”

Woodley told Mayor Fred Eisenberger in January at a FCC business roundtable that the zoning amendment issues he faced – which he was assured would not be an issue – delayed his project by eight months and cost him an additional $40,000.

Kersten added the city seems to be listening and be committed to improving the process.

“It shouldn’t have to take that long,” he said of Woodley’s project.

“This is a young man that has a dream and a vision and we should be doing everything we can to support him.”