De­vel­oper granted a bit more lee­way

The Niagara Falls Review - - NEWS - KRIS DUBE SPE­CIAL TO POST­MEDIA NEWS

Coun­cil is giv­ing the de­vel­oper of a sub­di­vi­sion that has sat un­fin­ished for al­most 15 years an­other three months of lee­way.

At last Tues­day’s coun­cil-in-com­mit­tee meet­ing, a re­port tabled by the lo­cal govern­ment last month was back on the agenda, ask­ing Fort Erie coun­cil to con­sider a six-month ex­ten­sion of its draft plan agree­ment. The al­ter­na­tive of grant­ing three months was ap­proved by coun­cil and ac­cepted by the de­vel­oper as enough time to reg­is­ter the sub­di­vi­sion.

The River Trail Es­tates de­vel­op­ment has used up the pa­tience of res­i­dents in the area who have been crit­i­cal of the large mounds of dirt, over­grown grass and a stormwa­ter pond that has spilled into nearby yards.

“Gen­er­ally speak­ing, the site is very dis­or­derly,” said Rick Brady, the Town of Fort Erie’s di­rec­tor of plan­ning and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment at Tues­day’s meet­ing.

Speak­ing on be­half of the de­vel­oper as its agent at the re­cent meet­ing was Ste­wart Ran­dall from Peter’s Ex­ca­vat­ing.

He said the project has been de­layed be­cause the de­vel­oper is wait­ing for a pri­mary ser­vice de­posit to be re­turned by the town be­fore it can move for­ward.

“We’re in a sit­u­a­tion right now, we’re in a bit of a cash crunch,” he said when field­ing ques­tions from coun­cil.

Di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment Rick Brady said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity holds de­posits from sub­di­vi­sion de­vel­op­ers and once ad­e­quate doc­u­men­ta­tion out­lin­ing en­gi­neer­ing de­tails is sub­mit­ted, the de­posits can be re­turned if plan­ning staff are sat­is­fied.

He said this doc­u­men­ta­tion has not taken place.

“There sim­ply has been no in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to us to make that de­ter­mi­na­tion,” said Brady.

Ran­dall said that there has been some changeover at the en­gi­neer­ing firm work­ing on the project and that a new in­di­vid­ual is on the file who will be work­ing with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the next 90 days (start­ing from Sept. 5), the time­line given by coun­cil for the sub­di­vi­sion to be­come reg­is­tered.

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