Author­i­ties to up­date shore­line man­age­ment plans

High lake lev­els mean con­ser­va­tion groups must re­work ap­proach

Northumberland Today - - DRIVING - MANDY MARTIN

CRAMAHE TWP. — Lake On­tario wa­ter lev­els are pro­jected to re­main well above av­er­age through to the end of 2017 un­less there’s a dry fall Lower Trent Con­ser­va­tion (LTC) Author­ity pro­jec­tions show.

With this year’s un­usu­ally high lake lev­els, re­ports of shore­line ero­sion and dam­age, the LTC and two ad­ja­cent con­ser­va­tion author­i­ties (Ga­naraska Re­gion based in Port Hope and Cen­tral Lake On­tario Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity based in Oshawa) plan to work to­gether up­date their Lake On­tario shore­line man­age­ment plans to pro­tect against fur­ther ero­sion and dam­age.

The plan will ad­dress set-backs for de­vel­op­ment, flood lev­els, ero­sion haz­ards, dy­namic beached, es­tab­lish high wa­ter/ ex­clu­sion ar­eas and “pro­vide a more con­sis­tent guide for mu­nic­i­pal land use plan­ning”, Janet Noyes, LTC man­ager de­vel­op­ment ser­vices and wa­ter re­sources, out­lined for Cramahe Twp. coun­cil Sept. 5.

Cramahe’s ex­ist­ing shore­line man­age­ment plan is al­most 25 years old and need of an up­date.

Ap­pli­ca­tion will be made for a fed­eral $150,000 Na­tional Dis­as­ter Mit­i­ga­tion Pro­gram (NDMP) grant with the three con­ser­va­tion author­i­ties shar­ing the other 50 per cent of the $300,000 cost.

Cramahe Twp., as a mem­ber mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the LTC, en­dorsed the plan agree­ing to con­trib­ute $6,250 in 2018 and again in 2019. The municipalities of Al­nwick-Haldimand, Quinte West and Brighton are also asked for the same sup­port. Com­bined, the municipalities have 140 kms of Lake On­tario shore­line within the Lower Trent wa­ter­shed.

Three new one-acre res­i­den­tial lots with 125-feet of frontage were ap­proved for sev­er­ance at 12835 County Road 2 by Cramahe Twp. coun­cil Sept. 5.

The land from which the lots are be­ing cre­ated with re­main ap­prox­i­mately 66 acres in area with 1060 of frontage and con­tinue to be used as a com­mer­cial dog ken­nel.

The owner, Janet Pe­trella-Ashby, must pay the mu­nic­i­pal­ity $1,100 for each of the three lots in lieu of park­land.

In ad­di­tion, a habi­tat for the en­dan­gered East­ern Mead­owlark is to be main­tained and re­spected with the three new lots, a con­di­tion re­quired af­ter the sev­er­ance ap­pli­ca­tions were re­viewed by the Lower Trent Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity and an en­vi­ron­men­tal study was com­pleted by the prop­erty owner. That didn’t sit well with Coun. Ed Van Eg­mond.

“There is so much coun­try and so much land out there, we cer­tainly don’t have to make this a pre-con­di­tion for a sev­er­ance,” Coun. VanEg­mond said. “This is just an­other thing peo­ple think they can put in. I just don’t like it when things get added to lot cre­ation.”

The birds are “ev­ery­where”, he said.

Cramahe coun­cil ap­proved sev­er­ing .12 acres of land from 40 Par­lia­ment St. and trans­fer­ring it to the lot of 36 Par­lia­ment St. at its Sept. 5 meet­ing. The ben­e­fi­ciary lot owner at 36 Par­lia­ment St. is Shel­ley Keys.

A cost ben­e­fit anal­y­sis of pub­lic wash­room op­tions in down­town Col­borne is to be done by Cramahe Twp. staff coun­cil di­rected Sept. 5. Four op­tions are on the ta­ble: • ren­o­vate wash­rooms in the base­ment of the Col­borne mu­nic­i­pal build­ing to pro­vide di­rect pub­lic ac­cess from the street;

• build new wash­rooms in the mu­nic­i­pal park­ing lot ad­ja­cent to the CIBC bank on King St. East;

• in­stall por­ta­ble wash­rooms May-Sept. in the Vic­to­ria Square park­ing lot; and

• use the ex­ist­ing wash­rooms lo­cated in the sec­ond-floor foyer of the Col­borne mu­nic­i­pal build­ing by em­ploy­ing stu­dents three to four days a week dur­ing sum­mer months to be re­spon­si­ble for or­der and safety. Cramahe Twp. will take out a $1,968,615.74 deben­ture to cover its share of costs for the new Northum­ber­land County-Cramahe Twp. emer­gency ser­vices build­ing on Purdy Road in Col­borne. The cost of bor­row­ing is 3.51per cent with semi-an­nual pay­ments of $53,311,81 for the next 30 years. See COUN­CIL

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