Niagara Falls council give property owner okay to split lot for second house


Published October 5, 2023 at 2:45 pm

8178 Thorold Stone Road
The owner of 8178 Thorold Stone Rd. in Niagara Falls applied for and received approval to split his lot and build a second house.

Lot-splitting is a matter that city staffers are sometimes inclined to deny, simply on the basis that it tends to ignite battles between neighbours.

However, when applicant Anthony Vacca brought forward a request to change the zoning for 8178 Thorold Stone Rd. so he could create a second lot to build another detached dwelling, city staff gave it the thumbs-up.

That meant that the city council had little problem giving it the thumbs-up at Tuesday’s (Oct. 3) meeting, okaying the zoning tweak.

In a report, city planners said, “The additional detached dwelling and driveway access is not expected to cause
any significant impacts or differences with respect to traffic operations, design considerations, or traffic safety on Thorold Stone Road, especially in conjunction with the proposed turnaround.”

When a public open house on the application was held at city hall on August 22, only Vacca and his consultant showed up. “No additional residents were in attendance at the meeting. No written comments have been received from the public to date.”

Vacca’s total lot size at 8178 Thorold Stone Rd. is 0.349 acres or roughly 15,200 square feet.

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