Un­sightly build­ing lots caus­ing frus­tra­tion

Town pur­chases new speed bump

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Town of Bay Roberts has a prob­lem. And, it has to do with neg­li­gent land de­vel­op­ers leav­ing mounds of dirt and other mess on their prop­er­ties, and sub­se­quently, on town roads.

This is­sue came up at the July 15 reg­u­lar meet­ing as coun­cil­lors dealt with a num­ber of rec­om­men­da­tions from the plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee.

One in par­tic­u­lar came up af­ter the town re­ceived a let­ter con­cern­ing the amount of fill be­ing de­posited on a neigh­bour­ing property in the Cathill Road area. A sim­i­lar con­cern has been made about a property in But­lerville.

“It is a con­sid­er­able de­vel­op­ment there and a con­sid­er­able mess as well,” said chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Nigel Black.

What’s hap­pen­ing is de­vel­op­ers are tak­ing fill from an­other place in the com­mu­nity and dump­ing it on an­other plot of land that they own in town. While this is not against reg­u­la­tion, the mess gen­er­ated is what has town of­fi­cials con­cerned.

Mov­ing the fill re­quires heavy equip­ment to move through res­i­den­tial ar­eas, leav­ing mud on the pave­ment. In turn, res­i­dents in the area are deal­ing with dust and other is­sues.

Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood said there are points where the side­walk is hid­den due to the large quan­ti­ties of de­bris that has ac­cu­mu­lated there.

The mayor called it a “lack of re­spect.”

“I’m not talk­ing about the de­vel­oper, or the people haul­ing it away, that ev­ery time they dump a truck load they get out with the broom, but its been there for months now,” said Wood.

This was one the main rea­sons Bay Roberts de­cided to re­vamp its po­lices around plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment. Dur­ing the meet­ing, coun­cil­lors voted to ta­ble the re­vised pol­icy for re­view with plans to vote on a rec­om­men­da­tion at the Aug. 5 reg­u­lar meet­ing.

The hope is this pol­icy will deal with the fill is­sues, amongst oth­ers.

“I think it is an is­sue that can be dealt with once you adopt the new de­vel­op­ment pol­icy,” said Black.

“I, for one, will be look­ing for­ward to the de­vel­op­ment and plan­ning reg­u­la­tions,” added Wood.

Eyes on speed con­trol

Bay Roberts is again turn­ing its fo­cus to traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures. This time coun­cil ap­proved the pur­chase of a re­mov­able speed bump on a trial ba­sis.

Mo­tioned by Coun. Ge­orge Sim­mons, the de­vice will cost the town $565 be­fore ship­ping costs.

“It’s a rea­son­able mea­sure,” he said.

The an­tic­i­pated first area of town where the bump will be placed is Coun­try Road, al­though it can be moved to any other area of town when needed.

This is the lat­est mea­sure be­ing taken by Bay Roberts in an ef­fort to quell high vol­umes of traf­fic trav­el­ling at high speeds in the area.

It was just last year when the town in­stalled a three-way stop at the cor­ner of Saw­dust Road and Coun­try Road, along with pave­ment cuts the town re­ferred to as “‘rum­ble strips.”

The move was ap­proved unan­i­mously.

Next phase

Bay Roberts’ di­rec­tor of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment Ron De­laney gave coun­cil a run­down of the next step of the Goose Pond de­vel­op­ment in Shearstown.

Work this year will con­cen­trate on the area of the pond that goes from the ceme­tery to the area of the pond tra­di­tion­ally used as a swim­ming hole.

“That’s the area where we are go­ing to do ba­sic site land­scap­ing, green belt­ing, path­ways, park benches and a few dif­fer­ent things like that,” said De­laney.

The idea is to have an area ready that lets the com­mu­nity know the in­ten­tions of the town for Goose Pond. There will also be hy­dro seed­ing done on the site.

“When it’s done, we will have a site that will ri­val any park in the prov­ince,” said De­laney.

Ap­pli­ca­tion moves

At the July 15 meet­ing, the coun­cil made a num­ber of moves sur­round­ing build­ing ap­pli­ca­tions in Bay Roberts. A pair of ap­pli­ca­tions, by the same party, to build a six-unit and an eight-unit apart­ment build­ing on two ex­ist­ing lots was moved to the plan­ning com­mit­tee.

Mean­while, an ap­pli­ca­tion to pur­chase a piece of land off of Bad­cock Boule­vard was moved to the re­cre­ation com­mit­tee.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Bay Roberts chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Nigel Black.

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