Board re­jects ap­peal on RV park ex­pan­sion

Owner of Clarke’s Beach busi­ness ex­pects to fin­ish new sites in one month

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON

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.

Vis­i­bly re­lieved

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.

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