Area zon­ing un­der mi­cro­scope

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But that’s as far as Cur­rie’s planned pre­sen­ta­tion got. County CAO John Fer­gu­son in­ter­rupted to point out to Cur­rie, and a group of 50 or so sup­port­ers, that to bring zon­ing to the area, there is a process that must be fol­lowed. He said coun­cil is not al­lowed to hear a po­si­tion with­out al­low­ing ev­ery­body in the com­mu­nity to be heard at the same time.

He said if the zon­ing process goes ahead, area ad­vi­sory com­mit­tees would have to be set up. If Cur­rie or mem­bers of the ratepay­ers group wanted to be mem­bers of those com­mit­tees, they can’t have their minds made up be­fore they go on those com­mit­tees.

“The only way this process gets ap­pealed is when that process isn’t fol­lowed,” Fer­gu­son said, cau­tion­ing them on any par­tic­u­lar po­si­tions they might share as a group dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion. “I would fo­cus your com­ments on ask­ing if we would con­sider mov­ing the zon­ing process for­ward, for those area ad­vi­sory com­mit­tees to be set up, and the full com­mu­nity en­gage­ment process take place – be­cause the only way it gets ap­proved is this coun­cil does it.”

Direc­tor of com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment Al­bert Dun­phy also out­lined the process that would lead to land use plan­ning and zon­ing.

Cur­rie asked that the process be started.

Cit­i­zen Driven

“Land use plan­ning has not been pop­u­lar in An­napo­lis County – ever,” said Coun. Mar­i­lyn Wilkins dur­ing the meet­ing. “The only rea­son it was suc­cess­ful in the east end of An­napo­lis County was be­cause it was driven by the cit­i­zens, as the cit­i­zens are in this room to­day. But it’s be­ing driven by self-in­ter­est at this point. Your prop­er­ties are be­ing threat­ened by some­thing. Land use plan­ning is suc­cess­ful when peo­ple know and agree and plan what they want their com­mu­ni­ties to look like in the fu­ture. It’s not by re­act­ing to some­thing.”

She said she’s a land use plan­ning ad­vo­cate but warned it can’t be based on emo­tion, it has to be based on com­mon sense.

“And com­mon sense is, if this is go­ing to be suc­cess­ful in your area, and I do be­lieve it will be be­cause you’ve been threat­ened by an or­ga­ni­za­tion you didn’t want in your com­mu­nity, you have to go back and you have to in­volve all the com­mu­nity, not just the ratepay­ers as­so­ci­a­tion,” she said. “You will fail if you do not go back and have pub­lic meet­ings through­out the en­tire area and fig­ure out what you need to do.”

The is­sue of land use plan­ning was put on the agenda for the end of the day and it was Wilkins who pro­posed the mo­tion to have staff start the process.

Num­bers

The Granville Road Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion sought sup­port of 360 peo­ple in what they have termed the Spe­cial Places Dis­trict. They heard back from 152 peo­ple, all of whom were sup­port­ive of their ef­forts ex­cept one per­son.

The as­so­ci­a­tion it­self is made up of 20 fam­i­lies with 47 mem­bers.

Lawrence pow­ell

An­napo­lis County CAO John Fer­gu­son ex­plains the process the county and res­i­dents would have to go through to achieve land use plan­ning in the Granville Road area.

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