It was a packed house at Stratford City Council last night.

Dozens of people jammed in for a number of hot items on the agenda.

Target made its application to remain open on statutory holidays during the tourism season in Stratford.

Council will consider the matter further later this month.

A number of residents in the Brown Street and Thomas Street area in the city were on hand to express concerns about a zoning change in their neighbourhood.

The proposed change would allow 15 semi-detached homes instead of the original plan for 20 single detached dwellings.

Residents expressed concerns about lower property values, reduced green space and increased traffic through the area.

And yet again, the Cooper Site was front and centre.

Multiple presentations were heard about what should be done with the structure to honour its heritage value to the city.

After a long discussion, Councillor Kerry McManus moved a motion to refer the matter back to staff for 90 days to consider further.

She argued that there must be a master plan in place for the Cooper Site before any demolition occurs.

Her motion carried.