Board rejects appeal on RV park expansion
Owner of Clarke’s Beach business expects to finish new sites in one month
A Clarke’s Beach resident’s appeal of her town council’s decision to approve the expansion of a local RV park has been rejected by an appeal board because it was improperly filed.
The Eastern Regional Appeal Board made the decision in a hearing held Friday morning at the Comfort Inn in St. John’s that lasted approximately 20 minutes.
Corrie Davis, a Department of Municipal Affairs employee who serves as a technical advisor to the board, stated the appeal made by Mildred Snow was received June 2, 43 days after council approved a building permit to add 50 new sites at MountainView RV Park.
The Municipalities Act states an appeal can be filed within 14 days of the service or posting of an order made by council.
After hearing briefly from Snow, Clarke’s Beach Mayor Betty Moore, and the lawyer for park owner Ernie Mugford, the board emptied the room to deliberate before making its decision.
It said because the appeal was filed outside the 14-day window, proceeding any further on the matter would have been outside the board’s jurisdiction.
Mugford seemed visibly relieved following the hearing. He was not surprised by the board’s decision.
“ The law is the law,” said Mugford, who had previously made threats to sue the provincial government over the handling of the appeal process due to lost revenue.
A stop-work order was issued June 3 by the town after the board accepted the initial appeal.
“ It’s time to get this over with and get back to work,” he said, adding he expects to start work shortly on the remaining 32 sites. Contractors had finished 18 sites prior to the stop-work order.
Mugford said work on the remaining sites will take one month.
Snow has 10 days from the moment she receives the board’s decision in writing to file an appeal with the Supreme Court. Mugford said he does not anticipate the matter will reach that stage.
Snow appealed council’s decision over concerns relating to an increase in traffic for her neigh- bourhood, which is adjacent to the park.
She was also uncertain council could enforce the condition that the emergency exit on Park Avenue would only be used for that purpose. Snow lives on Park Avenue.
Moore said given Park Avenue is a narrow road, council felt keeping trailers off that street would be prudent. She is satisfied Mugford will abide by that condition.
Snow declined to comment following the hearing.