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Frank Naccarato wins, granted a city official plan amendment

Wednesday, March 21, 2012   by: Jordan Allard

Frank Naccarato had to wait an extra couple weeks, but in the end City Council ruled against recommendations and in his favour to create three additional rural residential lots.

Naccarato requested and was granted an amendment to the City of Sault Ste. Marie Official Plan by way of a special exception.

The Official Plan normally permits the severance of only one rural residential lot.

Naccarato's property is located on the southeast corner of Second Line West and Town Line Road - spanning over 36 acres in total.

"Basically, what we're trying to do is fill in the space so we won't have an open field in the middle of the neighborhood," said Naccarato. "The problem with the field is you get people riding snow machines at 1:30 in the morning and you see drinking out there and then people leave behind their garbage."

Last meeting, Council decided to wait for City officials to file a report on the issue before voting and they eventually denied the motion put forward by Ward 3 Councillor Brian Watkins to reject Naccarato's application and voted instead to approve it.

Don McConnell, planning director, recommended Council to reject the application and said the city cannot continue to allow rural lots to be divided into smaller ones.

"We're continuing to sub-divide the rural area into small blocks and that's not efficient," said McConnell. "It makes it very difficult for someone in the future who needs large areas of property to go out and assemble them."

As a prime example, McConnell sited an earlier council meeting where Pod Generating Group spoke about their difficulties it in assembling large blocks of property.

He added decisions like this can also effect the city's cost-effective services.

"The situation we get into when allowing additional rural development is sooner or later it gets to the point where people are going to want transit services and things of that nature. Those are additional costs to the City that aren't effective costs," McConnell said.

Ward 3 Councillor Pat Mick also expressed concerns that farming would also not be able to be done on the land once it's divided into smaller lots.

Naccarato attempted to pour cold water on both McConnell and Mick's concerns - saying the land hasn't been farmed in over 30 years and officials from solar farming have told him the lot is too close to the main road for it to be used for solar farming.

Ward 1 Councillor Steve Butland agreed and said that while council should be wary whenever making a potential precedent setting ruling, it wouldn't be fair of them to deny Naccarato's request.

"The reality is the property has been here for a number of years and not one person has come forward saying they wanted to farm it," said Butland. "I don't think anyone is going to come forward and want to farm here."

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RLE 3/21/2012 12:16:29 PM Report

I guess city council is unaware of the fact that thousands of acres of farmland in Southern Ontario have been turned into shopping centers,parking lots etc.and are prepared to let that happen in SSM.
WILFRED 3/21/2012 12:42:48 PM Report

Don McConnell fails to acknowledge that the average new home out that way generates a new property tax bill averaging $6000 per year. Since the roads there are being plowed anyways and garbage trucks stop there in the existing driveways anyway, there is no additional costs. The new homeowners supply their own water and sewage. Win Win for the city. Frank Nacccarato, by creating 4 new lots just made the city another $24000 approximately, per year. Way to go Frankie!
cubby 3/21/2012 12:45:32 PM Report

First I noticed that construction has already began on the corner of Second Line and Town Line, is this one of the lots in question and has someone jumped the gun a little. Was the amendment already granted and Mr. Naccarato was just waiting for the "fomality" of the city to grant his amendment!! Why is city council even required to adhere to the Official Plan since they only seem to follow it when it is to their advantage? The city needs to stop dividing up the rural areas just so they can collect taxes on new construction. Steve Butland commented that there haven't been any farmers come forward wanting to farm the land?? That land is already being farmed for hay. Another council member commeted that she had to get her potatoes from Sudbury?? Maybe she could take a trip down to the farmers market on Sat and buy some that were grown here in the Soo. They don't seem to realize that in a ten year period, a farmer will generate more income that the city will every collect in taxes. With the country turning to supporting locally grown produce, we in the Soo are fortunate to have rural area for farming within our city limits. Someone at City Hall needs to realize this and take action. Offer incentives for up and coming young people to become involved in farming. Or maybe the Soo should follow New York and start farming on the roof tops of Sky Scrapers!! We all need to get invloved and decide on a better solution because this one isn't working. I don't know about you, but I would much rather look at a vegetable or cattle farm before I would like to look at another POD FARM!! City Hall needs to stop looking at DOLLAR SIGNS and start looking a our future. It should also be noted that I don't believe that the population of the Soo have changed much in the past fifty years so why is the need to destroy the rural areas for housing even there? The Soo is a beautiful city and we are fortunate to have the open land to enjoy.

johnrevelator 3/21/2012 1:44:10 PM Report

Right on Cubby..I hear ya. One should also note that this would not be the first time Naccarato has bypassed building protocol. In the past he has built without even acquiring a building permit. So this early preconstruct is no surprise..he knows the game and simply pays the fine. His history is less than desirable, I can assure you.
L'artist 3/21/2012 3:04:12 PM Report

"Don McConnell, planning director, recommended Council to reject the application and said the city cannot continue to allow rural lots to be divided into smaller ones." -

The city needs a new planning director, how in the world is the city supposed to develop and grow if large rural lots are not allowed to be subdivided? As for the people that are against urban sprawl (eating up agricultural areas for residential / commercial use) I don't think they need to worry about one subdivision going up. When the middle easterns start flocking in and the population starts to boom, that's when they should start to worry.
thesharr 3/21/2012 8:59:07 PM Report

How come when city councel grants an amendment the rocks start flying.Why should a person's history even be brought up in order to discredet Mr. Naccarato's intentions.From what I hear around this city Mr. Naccarato has poured thousands of dollars into building renovations all over town which create jobs,taxes,revenue.Maybe people's jelousy get's the best of them when they hear this man's name.Way to go Frank.
johnrevelator 3/21/2012 10:49:27 PM Report

First of all Naccarato is not the only game in town. Secondly its called building protocol..look it up, and in this case if he was already building he didn't follow it. The end thereof seldom justifies the means. Subsequently his alleged "good intentions" are for his own pocketbook, and at the expense of others. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I have no problem with someone making an honest buck, and this is where we should draw the line. A couple of lots are not going to fill up 36 that's asinine. So unless this is a one time thing, expect more in the future. Jealous??..that's even sound and spell exactly like him. I sleep very, very well at night. I wonder if he could say the same.
sooboy 3/21/2012 11:24:25 PM Report

I see that the Saults greatest environmentalest(only he thinks it) voted to destroy some farm land.
dsblssls 3/23/2012 1:38:53 AM Report

Way to go Frank. I am glad you won in the end,I knew you could do it. Can't wait to break ground on one of your lots for my new home.
jcrecruit 3/24/2012 2:49:10 PM Report

Yea just make certain you have torch insurance when dealing with that rascal. Oh and be sure you don't turn your back on him, or he might jump you. Ridiculous.
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