PAC Minutes – August 16, 1999

The regular meeting of the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield Planning Advisory Committee was held Monday, August 16, 1999 at 7:00 p.m. in Room “A”.  Chairman, Larry Chapman conducted the meeting and called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m.
1. RECORD OF ATTENDANCE
All Members were present, as well as Assistant Development Officer, Bruce Gault.
2. P.A.C MINUTES OF AUGUST 3, 1999
It was moved by Philip Kelly and seconded by Ralph Stevens to accepted as presented the August 3, 1999 P.A.C. Minutes.
Motion carried.
3. COUNCIL MINUTES OF JULY 26, 1999 MEETING
It was moved by Ralph Stevens and seconded by Bill McCann to receive and file the July 26, 1999 Council Minutes.
Motion carried.
4. CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS
The Chairman thanked Assistant Development Officer, Bruce Gault for attending the meeting while on his vacation.
5. DECLARATION OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST
No conflicts declared.
6. REPORT FROM ASSISTANT DEVELOPMENT OFFICER OF AUG.12/99 RE: ITEM TABLED AUG. 3/99–TENTATIVE SUBDIVISION APPROVAL PANORAMIC ESTATES, PHASE 1
A Closed Session discussion was held and the Assistant Development Officer’s recommendations were reviewed.  Items of concerns discussed were the road grade, water run off onto Woolastook Drive and the present condition of Woolatook Drive.  The Committee concurred with the Assistant Development Officer’s recommendations, however, agreed that a recommendation be made to Council in a separate motion to have the upgrade of Woolastook Drive addressed.
Present during the Open Session were Developers, June Garfield and Candace Floyd, Robin Stewart, Darrel Fisher of ADI Limited and interested citizens. A copy of the Assistant Development Officer’s Report of August 12, 1999 was given to Mr. Fisher for his perusal.
The Chairman requested that Mr. Fisher give a presentation to the Committee and the interested citizens present, addressing all of their concerns in his report dated August 12, 1999.
The following citizens were present and expressed their concerns:

  • Mr. and Mrs. David Porter – 157 Woolatook Drive

Mr. and Mrs. Porter expressed grave concerns with regard to contamination to their water or possible loss of water, and wanted to know if the Developer could guarantee that this would not happen..  Mr. Fisher advised that they could not guarantee this and suggested that they have their own test done prior to any development, so if a problem arose they would have documented pre-development conditions.

  • Art and Linda Morris – 5 Park Avenue, Epworth Park Heights

Mr. and Mrs. Morris stated concerns with regard to possible water problems as a result of blasting.  They advised that they have experienced damage to their home in the past with regard to other developments in the area and are concerned of this happening again.  They are also very concerned with regard to the safety of children walking in this area.

  • Andy Shaw – Corner of Spring Street & Woolastook Drive

Mr. Shaw requested that bonding be put on the contractor in order for the concerned citizens to have some recourse in the event of damages to their property due to blasting and also potential water problems occurring.  He also recommended that Council upgrade Woolastook Drive up to the proposed development.  Mr. Shaw was informed that P.A.C. has addressed this and concurs with this recommendation to Council.
Deputy Mayor, Gerald Black advised the citizens that $50,000. per year until the year 2002 has been set aside for the upgrade of Woolastook Drive.
“It was moved by James Evans that P.A.C. grant Tentative Approval for Panoramic Estates, Phase 1, as per the Assistant Development Officer’s Recommendations outlined in his Report dated August 12, 1999 and recommend to Council the following:
1) that Street “A” and “B” be accepted with a maximum grade of 13.50% at any one location subject to receipt and approval by the Town of an engineered design including intersection grades of 5% or less prior to Final Approval;
2) that development of Street “A” and “B” be constructed with concrete curb and gutter both sides and a complete storm sewer and sanitary sewer system approved by the Town prior to Final Subdivision Approval which would produce a 0% increase in flow rates leaving the development over present conditions.
3) the Developer enter into a Developers Agreement with the Town and  provide an acceptable security prior to the Final Subdivision being approved by the Town, reflecting development standards mentioned above and included in the Subdivision By-law, including special drainage controls and construction practices;
4) accept the Land for Public Purposes as designated;
5) the Developer submit street name choices to the Planning Advisory Committee for approval….”
Motion seconded by Ralph Stevens.  Motion carried.
“…It was also moved by James Evans that P.A.C. strongly recommends Council recognize that the present infrastructure for the existing storm sewers and sidewalks be upgraded to increase capacities which would all be part of the long range plan to upgrade Woolastook Drive.  Also, to be included in the upgrade are  the existing conditions of Epworth Park Heights and Woolastook Drive, as these two items have a varying affect on the local residents and if not dealt with, will be impacted by the development of Panoramic Estates….”
Motion seconded by Ralph Stevens.  Motion carried.
The Chairman thanked everyone present for attending the Closed Session.
Assistant Development Officer, Bruce Gault departed the meeting following this item and Development Officer, David Taylor represented Staff.
7. REPORT FROM DEVELOPMENT OFFICER OF AUGUST 12, 1999 RE: ITEM TABLED AUGUST 3, 1999 DEFINITION OF A “DWELLING UNIT”
The Committee reviewed all the definitions the Development Officer obtained to clarify the definition of a “kitchen” within a “dwelling unit”.  Following a discussion, it was determined that the City of Fredericton’s definition of a “Dwelling Unit” seemed to define it best.
“…It was moved by Ralph Stevens that P.A.C. recommend Council adopt the City of Fredericton Zoning By-law wording for the definition of a “Dwelling Unit” for Draft Grand Bay-Westfield Zoning By-law….”
Motion seconded by Bill McCann.  Motion carried.
8. ITEM TABLED AUGUST 3, 1999 RE: ITEM FOR DISCUSSION – REUEST FOR DEVELOPERS TO INSTALL STORM SEWERS, CURB & GUTTER – COUNCIL MOTIONS OF MAY 25, 1999, ITEM # 31 AND JUNE 28, 1999, ITEM # 19
A discussion was held as to whether or not this should be a Blanket Policy for every Developer or a Discretionary Policy.  It was noted that due to the fact the Grand Bay-Westfield is made up of two distinct areas, that particular areas be defined in the Municipal Plan.  Deputy Mayor Black advised that a meeting is scheduled in the near future with all the area Developers and Council to discuss financial assistance to the Developers, possibly in the form of a subsidy for the installation of storm sewers, curb and gutters.
“…It was moved by Philip Kelly that this item be Tabled until such time Deputy Mayor Black reports back to the Committee, following the meeting with the Developers and Council….”
Motion seconded by Bill McCann.  Motion carried.
9. ADJOURNMENT
Ralph Stevens moved to adjourn at 9:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Laylia Nice,                                                                  Larry Chapman,
P.A.C. Secretary                                                           P.A.C. Chairman