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New brewery loses capacity after parking variance turned down

New brewery loses capacity

A new brewery planned for a small property on Boucherie Road will have to do with a reduced number of seats after city council denied a variance request seeking a reduction in the number of required parking stalls.

Known as The Hatching Post, the brewery will be situated on 0.2 hectares of land across from Volcanic Hills Winery.

With planned seating for 100 indoors and 68 on an outdoor patio, city planning manager Brent Magnan said, based on the number of seats, they would be required to provide parking for 42 vehicles.

"They would like to reduce the parking by nine stalls," said Magnan.

"Without the variance, they would be looking at seating for 132 patrons."

Magnan said the city heard concerns from owners of Volcanic Hills, worried that patrons of the brewery would use their parking lot and walk across the street if the Hatching Post lot was full.

"We would like to see the brewery have success, and it would complement the experience on the wine trail.

"But, staff do share concerns there would be overflow parking into the areas that were unintended and the impacts that might have on other owners in the area."

Council echoed those concerns.

"I believe parking issues are valid," said Coun. Doug Findlater.

"The drawings look amazing. This is going to be a fantastic addition to the wine trail," said Coun. Stephen Johnston.

"I am struggling with the parking. There are not a lot of options for overflow."

Council did support a reduction in parking requirements for a brewery on Anders Road, but noted there are other options in the area.

Council said those options do not exist on Boucherie Road.

Council denied the variance, but did approve the liquor license and hours of operation from 10 a.m. until midnight.

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