PAC Minutes – April 7, 2003

1. CALL TO ORDER
The regular meeting of the Grand Bay-Westfield Planning Advisory Committee was held Monday, April 07, 2003 in the Community Centrum, 609 River Valley Drive.
Chairman, Larry Chapman conducted the meeting and called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.
2. RECORD OF ATTENDANCE
All Members were present, with the exception of Andrew Shaw and James Burke.

3. PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE MINUTES OF MARCH 17, 2003
“…moved by Mel Steffens to accept as presented the March 17, 2003 Planning Advisory Committee Minutes….”
Motion seconded by Cllr. Little.  Carried.
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REGULAR COUNCIL MINUTES OF MARCH 10, 2003
“…moved by Ralph Stevens to receive and file the Regular Council Minutes of  March 10, 2003….”
Motion seconded by Cllr. Little.  Carried.
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CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS
The Chairman noted the absence of the PAC Secretary due to illness.
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DECLARATION OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST
No conflict declared.
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DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED APRIL 03, 2003 RE:  APPLICATION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A MINI HOME AT 46 SHANNON RD., PID NO. 30209001A
Closed Session discussion was held regarding the application noting that mini-homes are defined under the by-law and are specifically restricted to MHR zones.Present during the Open Session was Ms. Simmonds who advised the Committee of the following:

  • she is trying to build a house, her proposal is a “Mini-home” not a trailer
  • her home will be set on a permanent foundation
  • Maple Leaf Homes is manufacturing the unit at a cost of $72,000.00

The following persons were in attendance speaking in favour of the proposal:Doug Wallace – 100 Shannon Road

  • he has reviewed other municipalities that permit mini homes in residential areas
  • this application is for a new home to be set on a permanent foundation
  • the proposed mini-home is about the same size as a small house
  • there should not be a perceived depreciation to surrounding property owners from a mini-home, when it is being located so close to the sewerage lagoon

Beatrice Shaw – 72 Shannon Road

  • the proposal is an asset to the community
  • the home is a home not a trailer
  • there is no reason for the by-law

Bill Atkins – 92 Shannon Road

  • suggests changing the by-law for locating mini-homes outside of Mobile Home Residential areas
  • supports future use of mini-homes for locating aging parents

The following persons were in attendance speaking in opposition of the proposal:Ron Fineburg – 75 Shannon Road

  • he indicated that if the proposal did not need a variance, he would support the proposed development, however he asked to read a copy of his letter of opposition into the record

Heather Whiteneck – 75 Shannon Road

  • she noted her opposition was to the location of a mobile home

Tim McQuade – 52 Shannon Road

  • he noted his opposition to the proposal

Greg Seaman –  83  Shannon Road

  • he wished to note that he initially opposed a 16’ wide manufactured home
  • he wonders what implication such a unit would have for future applications
  • wished to note no malice towards the applicant
  • noted his support for quality housing

Cllr. Little addressed those in attendance to note that whereas the matter of size of the home was an issue, the “mini-home” is specifically restricted to Mobile Home Residential Zones and that the Committee was not in a position to change the by-law, but rather an application for re-zoning could be directed through the Council. Following the discussion, the applicant, Ms. Simmonds requested that the application be withdrawn at this point.

8. ADJOURNMENT
Ralph Stevens moved to adjourn at 8:40 p.m.
Motion seconded by James Evans.  Carried.

Respectfully submitted,

David Taylor for Laylia Nice,
.                            P.A.C. Secretary
Larry Chapman,
P.A.C. Chairman