Although it was first reported in 2018 that a Tim Hortons was to be built in Vankleek Hill, advance work to get to the point of actual construction has been in the works for more than a year.

The proposed coffee shop/restaurant, to be located at 5630 Highway 34, first came up at a Champlain Township council meeting in 2018, and since then, the project has been moving forward slowly.

The project required an Official Plan Amendment (United Counties of Prescott and Russell) as well as a Site Plan Agreement (Champlain Township) and a building permit was needed from Champlain Township, as well as from the Ministry of Transportation.

According to Champlain Township’s senior planner, Jennifer Laforest, the Site Plan Application is nearing completion and the township is waiting for confirmation on a few remaining items before forwarding a Draft Site Plan Agreement to council for consideration. The applicants have indicated their interest in starting construction this spring or summer, she says.

Part of the work to move the project ahead involved obtaining a permanent easement on a residential property to enable connection to the sanitary sewer connection, allowing the project proponent P.G.B. Developments Inc. to access the services via the private easement from Stephens Street to Highway 34. Champlain Township council approved the application for the easement at its regular council meeting on August 6, 2019 after which approval was required from the United Counties of Prescott and Russell. Sanitary sewer services will be installed from Stephens Street, along the easement, to and then under Highway 34 to connect to the Tim Hortons on the west side of the highway.

The easement is about four metres wide by 42.71 metres long along the northerly property line of 5613 Highway 34. (The property access is via Highway 34, but the rear of the property abuts Stephens Street.) Road cut permits are also required from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) and Public Works.