Port aux Basques con­sults pub­lic as part of up­date to mu­nic­i­pal plan

In­dus­trial park area ac­tu­ally zoned as eco­log­i­cally pre­served

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Editorial - BY ROS­ALYN ROY Ros­[email protected] Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

Even though only one res­i­dent turned up at the be­gin­ning of the town’s four-hour open house pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion re­gard­ing mu­nic­i­pal plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment reg­u­la­tions, Leon MacIsaac wasn’t par­tic­u­larly con­cerned.

“It’s not un­usual,” said the town man­ager. “Peo­ple don’t show in­ter­est un­til it re­ally af­fects them, for the most part.”

MacIsaac doesn’t an­tic­i­pate a lot of change when it comes to re­zon­ing. There are some small pock­ets that need to be re­zoned prop­erly, mi­nor tweaks like chang­ing a sec­tion in Mouse Is­land from ru­ral to res­i­den­tial.

“Map­ping gets bet­ter from year to year and the new Google maps and ev­ery­thing,” he said. “Ev­ery­thing stands out much eas­ier, so now this is an op­por­tu­nity to make those changes and up­date it.”

The mu­nic­i­pal plan is re­quired to be up­dated ev­ery seven years. The last town plan was ap­proved in 2010.

This new plan will help shape fu­ture land use as the town grows.

“The mu­nic­i­pal bound­ary runs up as far as Edna’s Road,” said MacIsaac. “The town’s de­vel­op­ment bound­ary runs up as far as Cheese­man’s Park.”

Paul Boundridge is the plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment con­sul­tant re­tained by the town to over­see the new mu­nic­i­pal plan. He says pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sions are the first step of a process that usu­ally takes eight or nine months.

Boundridge says there is a pro­posed Port aux Basques town man­ager Leon MacIsaac.

dead­line of March 2019.

“It seems to be a rea­son­able time to work through the process,” he said.

That process will en­tail sev­eral steps, in­clud­ing re­view­ing the pre­vi­ous plans, tak­ing into ac­count pub­lic feed­back, and sub­mit­ting Paul Boundridge is the plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment con­sul­tant who has been re­tained by the Town of Chan­nel-Port aux Basques for mu­nic­i­pal re­zon­ing. Garry White and Paul Boundridge con­sulted town zon­ing maps dur­ing a pub­lic mu­nic­i­pal plan­ning con­sul­ta­tion held at the Bruce II Sports Cen­tre on Tues­day, June 26.

the new plan to prov­ince for a pre­lim­i­nary review.

Cor­rect­ing pre­vi­ous zon­ing er­rors, like the ru­ral to res­i­den­tial

change in Mouse Is­land, is also part of that process.

But it’s er­rors like these that can cause a home build­ing ap­pli­ca­tion to be de­nied sim­ply be­cause it is non-com­pli­ant, even if other homes al­ready ex­ist on the same street.

“And that’s what the town wants to ad­dress, is er­rors that have oc­curred in the past. And these things hap­pen,” said Boundridge.

Garry White, who man­ages a build­ing sup­ply store, said he was no­ti­fied about a month ago that the store and sur­round­ing prop­erty is ac­tu­ally con­sid­ered to be on eco­log­i­cally pre­served land. De­spite that des­ig­na­tion, Grand Bay West is largely con­sid­ered to be an in­dus­trial park area.

“This was never changed, so they’re chang­ing it all at one time,” said White. “What else are you go­ing to do if you can’t change it?”


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