UPDATE December 13, 2017
Dec.11-Zoning Meeting Summary. What's Next?
Neighbours and Community Members:
A Very Happy Holiday Season!
There were about 75 people at the meeting at the fire hall. To show the importance of this issue to Council, most councillors, the Warden, the CAO, the Planner as well as quite a few top staff were all there.
The CAO facilitated the meeting. He gave a basic introduction to land use planning and the use of zoning to implement it. He continually pointed out that it is a negotiated plan determining what a community wants for how its lands are used for at least the next 20 years. He said that zoning can be reviewed about every five years to see what the community wants at that time.
Granville Ratepayer members/supporters spoke of how zoning will protect the entire community by controlling land use while others spoke against it. One very important area of agreement was that people on both sides of the issue said that you should only zone the small communities that want it, not the entire district. Consequently, we believe Council will now focus on communities such as ours. In fact, the CAO mentioned a few times times our battle against Cooke Aquaculture as a community uniting to protect its quality of life and an example of a small community that would want zoning.
As a result of the December 11th meeting, Council will very likely hold meetings in smaller communities of Districts 4 & 5 to define which ones want zoning. While Council may not specifically define the communities in their notice, they know many in our area want zoning, so meetings for Granville Road and area should hopefully take place soon.
Our “Special Places Area” is in the communities of Granville Ferry, Granville Beach and Port Royal. As this traverses two districts, we should anticipate attending meetings at both the Granville Ferry and Lower Granville Halls. It could be anticipated that Councillors Heming and MacNeil will facilitate these meetings. When more information is available, we'll let you know.
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If you're not already a member of Granville Road Ratepayers Association and live or own property in our area, please join us by return email with your name(s), civic address and if you want, phone.
Thanks for the continued support.