PAC Minutes – June 16, 2008

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CALL TO ORDER
The Town of Grand Bay-Westfield Planning Advisory Committee met for a regular meeting on Monday, June 16, 2008 at 8:04 p.m. with Chairman, Ralph Stevens presiding.
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RECORD OF ATTENDANCE
All Members were present.
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PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE MINUTES OF JUNE 2, 2008
“… moved by Linda Estabrooks  to accept as presented the June 2, 2008 Planning Advisory Committee Minutes …”
Seconded by Ron Daigle.  Carried.
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A) OUTGOING COUNCIL MINUTES OF MAY 26, 2008
B)    INCOMING COUNCIL MINUTES OF MAY 26, 2008
“… moved by Ron Daigle to receive and file the Incoming and Outgoing Council Minutes of May 26, 2008 …”
Seconded by Linda Estabrooks.  Carried.
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CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS
Request that the following Items be added to the Agenda:
* Letter received from Glen & Elouise Caulfield dated June 12/08
* Development Officer’s Memo dated June 16/08 Re: PAC Summer Meeting Schedule
* “…moved by James Evans to add letter received from Glen & Elouise Caulfield to the Agenda as Item # 7(b)….”
Seconded by Jim Burke.  Carried.
* “…moved by Chyann Kirby to add Development Officer’s Memo Re:  PAC Summer Meeting Schedule to the Agenda as Item # 10 and that Item # 10 Re:  Adjournment be changed to Item # 11….”
Seconded by Linda Estabrooks.  Carried.
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DECLARATION OF CONFILCT OF INTEREST
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APPLICATION FOR VARIANCE RE: MARIA ROOKARD –  4 HALL ROAD
(A) DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED JUNE 11, 2008
(B) LETTER RECEIVED FROM GLEN & ELOUISE CAULFIELD DATED JUNE 12, 2008
Owner, Wayne Comeau was present and addressed the Committee as follows:
* His proposal is to construct a new type of fencing around the pool that mounts along the outside of the pool and has a lockable gate/stair;
* due to budget reasons, he plans on putting a deck around the pool next year;
* he does not like the look of the chain link fence and feels it would be easier for a child to climb it;
* in his opinion, this type of fencing is superior to a chain link fence which will exceed the by-law requirement for height by 1 and 1/2 feet;
* he has polled his neighbours with no objection;
* his first priority is safety, as he has a 5 year old grandson who resides with him;
* this fencing will only be temporary and will be replaced next year with decking around the pool;
* he has checked with surrounding Municipalities and has learned that they allow this type of system, therefore feels it should be adequate for the Town of Grand-Bay-Westfield.
The Committee then expressed to Mr. Comeau their concerns as follows:
* The Town’s By-law does not permit this type of fencing because the system does not meet the 1.25 m required separation between the water and the enclosure;
* safety is by far the biggest concern and Committee members would not feel comfortable approving this type of fencing;
* statistics show that 50% of children who drown in Canada do so in back yard pools.
Letter received from Mr. and Mrs. Caulfield states they have no objection to this proposal.
There was no one else present speaking in favor of or against this Application.
“…moved by Jim Burke that the Planning Advisory Committee to DENY the request for variances to the Town’s Zoning By-law, Town of Grand Bay-Westfield By-law No. 101, regarding the location and placement of a pool enclosure, to be located at 4 Hall Road, PID No. 00120709….”
Seconded by Chyann Kirby.  Carried.
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APPLICATION FOR VARIANCE RE: ARTHUR & SANDRA BOUDREAU – 24 WOOLASTOOK DR.
(A) DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED JUNE 12, 2008
Applicants, Arthur & Sandra Boudreau were present.  Mr. Boudreau addressed the Committee as follows:
* The property was purchased two years ago and they are now in the process of building a single family dwelling;
* his original plans have been revised due to the slope of the land at the back of the property exposed during excavation has required Fundy Engineering to revise their design of the site for the placement of footings on undisturbed soil;
* he is requesting Variances to move the footings an additional 2 ft. forward and for the reduction in the overall height of the foundation above the centre line grade of the street by 2 ft.;
* this reduction in elevation will not look out of place with other existing properties which are mostly all below grade, but will still provide positive slope of the grade away for the house.
There was no one else present speaking in favor of or against this Application.
“…moved by Linda Estabrooks that the Planning Advisory Committee to APPROVE the following Variances to the Town’s Zoning By-law, Town of Grand Bay-Westfield By-law No. 101, for the construction of a single family Dwelling, to be located at 24 Woolastook Drive, PID Nos. 00217166, 30069108:
a) under Section 8.2.2.3(d), grant a variance of 0.61 m to further reduce the required Front Yard Setback from 4.57  m to 3.96 m;
b) under Section 8.1.7, grant a variance of  500 mm to reduce the required elevation above the centre line grade of the street (at the centre of the house) from 750 mm to 250 mm….”
Seconded by Jim Burke.  Carried.
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APPLICTION FOR DISCRETIONARY USE RE: TOWN OF GRAND BAY-WESTFIELD
(A) DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED JUNE 11, 2008
There was no one present speaking in favor of or against this Application.
“…moved by Ron Daigle that the Planning Advisory Committee to APPROVE the following request for Discretionary Use under the Town’s Zoning By-law, Town of Grand Bay-Westfield By-law No. 101, to permit the construction/location of a kiosk structure and emergency generator, to be located as per submitted site plan at 4 Ferry Road, PID No. 30243935….”
Seconded by James Evans.  Carried.
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DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S MEMO DATED JUNE , 2008 RE: PAC SUMMER MEETING SCHEDULE
“…moved by Chyann Kirby that the Planning Advisory Committee adopt a summer meeting schedule by canceling the regularly scheduled meetings of July 21, 2008 and August 18, 2008, noting that a special meeting may be called if required….”
Seconded by Ron Daigle.  Carried.
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ADJOURNMENT
“… moved by Jim Burke to adjourn at 8:36 p.m.…”
Seconded by Ron Daigle.  Carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ralph Stevens,                                                                                    Laylia Nice,
Chairman                                                                                            PAC Secretary