Harbour Grace mayor responds to letter lambasting regulation change
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