Walker’s, county to split cost on turning lane
By Chad Ingram
Published March 13, 2018
Walker’s Home Hardware and Haliburton County will share the cost for a new turning lane to be constructed along County Road 21 in preparation for a new Home Hardware store.
Back in September, Walker’s Home Hardware owner Jerry Walker made a presentation to Haliburton County council, asking council to reconsider county planning staff’s recommendation that he and development partner Jamie Chisholm construct a left-hand turn lane at the property near Industrial Park Road where the new store is to be located.
“We’ve completed all the studies and all the reporting as requested,” Walker told council at the time. “We relocated the entrance to the east of the development at the request of public works, to keep it away from the industrial park.”
Walker and Chisholm had a traffic study performed by consultant C.C. Tatham, which concluded a left-hand turn lane was not required at the location.
“The study by C.C. Tatham has shown that a turning lane is not warranted,” Walker told councillors. While councillors said they understood the construction of the turning lane would add additional financial burden to the project, they stood by the recommendation from county planning staff.
Walker and Chisholm took the issue to the Ontario Municipal Board in November and as a result, the approximate $100,000 price tag for the turning lane will be shared between the developer and the county.