New employed motor vehicle dealership opens on Manitoba Avenue East close to SARCAN depot

Town council talked about a discretionary use application during its Feb. 13 assembly about a new enterprise on Manitoba Avenue East.

A developing on Manitoba Street East that after operated as a utilised automobile dealership has a new lease on daily life — as a used car or truck dealership that also wraps decals about vehicles.   

Enterprise owner Grant Kosior submitted a discretionary use software to metropolis hall in late November 2022 as section of the method to open Soni Vehicle Marketplace Confined at 80 Manitoba Road East, adjacent to the SARCAN depot. 

Although the software was continuing by means of town hall, Kosior moved into the setting up in December and commenced operating in January. 

The discretionary use application landed on metropolis council’s desk throughout its Feb. 13 regular meeting. Council unanimously permitted the software for a “vehicle rentals, income and company centre” as prolonged as Kosior places concrete suppress stops for parking stalls to guarantee autos do not dangle above the boulevards or sidewalks as for each the zoning bylaw. 

“I spoke to the people hoping to open this business, and they are new citizens to the city and they’re rather nervous to get set up and get advertising automobiles,” reported Coun. Jamey Logan. “I’m personally in favour of another new enterprise in the Town of Moose Jaw, and since it was a car or truck dealership in the past, I don’t see any issues with it staying a small motor vehicle dealership now.

Less than the Town of Moose Jaw’s prior pre-2011 zoning bylaw, “automobile, trailer, board, cycle income, which includes showrooms and repairs” have been permitted inside of the C2 industrial zone (downtown core), a council report discussed.

In the meantime, the present zoning bylaw states that “vehicle rentals, income and services centres” are a discretionary use in the C2HER significant-density business and heritage overlay districts.

“Although the assets was previously utilized as a car or truck dealership, considering that the business ceased to work for a time period of one particular calendar year or a lot more, the land use is deemed non-conforming underneath the zoning bylaw and discretionary use acceptance is essential,” the doc pointed out, though this land use is discretionary mainly because it could conflict with permitted uses in some circumstances.

The zoning bylaw lays out conditions for reviewing discretionary use purposes, including that applications conform to the Official Local community System (OCP), the report continued. Furthermore, the OCP urges town corridor to infill existing business spots and assistance and keep the downtown as the community’s key small business, business office, retail, cultural and administrative centre. 

The task aligns with the OCP simply because: 


  • The closest formulated industrial district wherever vehicle rentals, income and support centres are permitted is approximately 555 metres west on Manitoba Avenue West. This light-weight industrial spot solutions industrial and manufacturing uses with some related business and assistance establishments 
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  • Off-street shopper parking spaces are not required for the reason that the 1st 325 sq. metres of the building’s gross ground space is exempt in the C2HER district. Parking areas for utilized motor vehicles will be at the front, though shopper parking will be in the northeast corner
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  • Curbing need to be no considerably less than 150 millimetres in height
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  • The locations encompassing the area are C2 higher-density commercial districts and not inside of the heritage overlay district. 
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  • The C2HER district’s objective is to deliver an place with numerous commercial, institutional and residential takes advantage of in large-density variety, even though the heritage overlay district’s purpose is to safeguard and enable proper progress of identified heritage qualities and ensure adjacent attributes are formulated in a compatible, architecturally sensitive manner
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The following common council assembly is Monday, Feb. 27. 

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