Har­bour Grace mayor re­sponds to let­ter lam­bast­ing reg­u­la­tion change

The Compass - - OPINION -

I feel the need to re­spond to Sean Ash’s let­ter (“By­law change in Har­bour Grace en­dan­gers pub­lic,” pub­lished Dec. 2), as it states in­cor­rect facts re­gard­ing the new de­vel­op­ment in ques­tion. This de­vel­op­ment was not done to aid a de­vel­oper in evad­ing the Town’s by­laws. Our fo­cus is to bring new business and af­ford­able hous­ing for se­niors to our Town.

On April 8, 2014, un­der Dis­cre­tionary Use, a no­tice was placed in The Com­pass out­lin­ing the pro­posed amend­ment to Sec­tion 38. All res­i­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to voice their con­cerns through writ­ten cor­re­spon­dence un­til April 22, 2014. As of April 23, the Town had not re­ceived any ob­jec­tions or re­quests for a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion. The town plan­ner ad­vised that due to the ab­sence of cor­re­spon­dence, a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion was not nec­es­sary. The de­vel­op­ment did not re­ceive any ob­jec­tions or con­cerns un­til the project was started.

Mr. Ash was given per­mis­sion to ad­dress coun­cil, how­ever, in the in­ter­est of keep­ing the meet­ing on sched­ule a time limit was set. Mr. Ash con­tacted coun­cil hours be­fore the meet­ing ad­vis­ing that another res­i­dent would be speak­ing on his be­half.

Fi­nally and most im­por­tantly, the ques­tion of the safety of our se­niors who will re­side in the pro­posed com­plex is of the ut­most im­por­tance to our coun­cil. The road lead­ing to the com­plex will follow town stan­dards and will be fully ac­ces­si­ble by emer­gency ser­vices. Each unit will be ac­ces­si­ble by its own pri­vate en­trance. — Mayor Terry Barnes writes from

Har­bour Grace

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