Important zoning and official plan changes must be made in Chatham-Kent in anticipation of the building of a fertilizer plant in the Wallaceburg area of the municipality. That news was brought to Kent Federation of Agriculture members at their recent annual meeting by Chatham-Kent’s mayor, Randy Hope.
While being cautious about revealing too many details, he did confirm that he and the municipality’s Economic Development office have been in high level talks with an offshore entrepreneur wishing to take advantage of Chatham-Kent’s proximity to the U.S. agricultural market, access to railroad infrastructure and ample supplies of natural gas.
The railroad infrastructure Hope referred to is the CSX abandoned line running between Chatham and Wallaceburg. It ultimately connects to Sarnia and its U.S. tunnel crossing. According to Hope, more than one agricultural business is investing in their connections to this railroad.
The zoning changes required will include provisions for an industrial application in the Wallaceburg area. Hope was also clear that this whole project will likely take five years to come about if possible.