UPDATE November 10, 2017
Please Attend-Council Meeting Tuesday, Nov.14 at 1:00pm
Neighbours and Community Members:
We're sorry for such late notice, but the County just confirmed that land-use planning/zoning for Districts 4 & 5 will be discussed at Tuesday's meeting. It is Item 6b and is scheduled for 1:30 pm, but could be earlier. Council could either vote at that meeting or one on November 21st whether to proceed with zoning. If they decide to proceed, they will likely establish an Area Advisory committee which acts as a conduit for resident's opinions to them.
Hague Vaughan, a Granville Ratepayers director, asked at the October 11 meeting if Council would create an Area Advisory Committee just for the “Special Places Area” or failing that, a sub-committee in a large, district-wide one. The CAO replied that it depends upon Council. We know Council can zone specific areas as was done in the District 6 about 20 years ago with the Highway #1 corridor from Annapolis Royal to Upper Clements Park.
Without a Specific Area Advisory Committee for our “Special Places Area," it will be exceedingly hard to attain our goal. We'll be just a “small drop in an ocean of conflicting opinions” as there are about 350 residents in the “Special Places Area” and 3500 in Districts 4 and 5. We feel this is unfair, especially as it was because of us that this process is even being considered. We should determine what we want in our part of the Districts as should others in other parts. To emphasize this, we asked to present before Council. The email we sent read:
“We would like to read the attached comments to the COTW at its meeting in November. They are from landscape architect Achim Jankowski, of 5534 Granville Road, Granville Ferry with input by conservation landscape architect John Zvonar of the Heritage Conservation Directorate, Public Services and Procurement Canada. They support our request for zoning a “Special Places Area” on Granville Road from Highway 1 to the Schafner Point Lighthouse which we hadn't been able to fully present at Council's September 12, 2017 meeting. If this is not possible, we ask that they be read to Council as “Correspondence”.
These requests were both denied because this was not a “public meeting” and it would be unfair to others. This was the same reason why Wayne Currie was not permitted to complete our presentation in September. While we are disappointed with this decision, there is something we can do to show our resolve to Council. While it is very short notice, let's all just be there this coming Tuesday at 1 pm at the County Municipal Building, 752 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal when they decide on an issue so important to us. Please attend. Thanks.