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Arkell restaurant proposal draws both support and fire from local community

by Mike Robinson.

A proposal for a market garden and restaurant at the old Arkell general store has divided the Arkell community.

Puslinch councillors saw nearly a dozen delegations on Nov. 23 regarding the proposal by Stephen and Jessica Goyda. The Goydas were before council asking that the site plan for 599 Arkell Road be approved so renovations can begin.

According to staff, a review of the site plan is satisfactorily completed.

As delegations began, Mayor Dennis Lever stressed they would be limited to 10 minutes, after which council might or might not have questions.

Agent Jeff Buisman, of Van Harten Surveying, discussed various improvements such as the removal of wooden decks. He outlined how proposed changes would improve parking, buffering, views for neighbours and replace the aging septic system with a modern tertiary system. A new type of advanced tertiary septic system which meets the Ontario Building Code is being installed, he said…

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