Port aux Basques consults public as part of update to municipal plan
Industrial park area actually zoned as ecologically preserved
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?”