PAC Minutes – March 21, 2011

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CALL TO ORDER
The Town of Grand Bay-Westfield Planning Advisory Committee met for a regular meeting on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 8:02 p.m. with Chair, Ralph Stevens presiding.
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RECORD OF ATTENDANCE
All Members were present with the exception of Ron Daigle.
“…moved by Jim Burke to excuse Ron Daigle with cause….”
Seconded by James Evans.  Carried.
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PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE MINUTES OF MARCH 7, 2011
“…moved by Linda Estabrooks to accept as presented the March 7, 2011 Planning Advisory Committee Minutes….”
Seconded by Jim Burke.  Carried.
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REGULAR COUNCIL MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 28, 2011
“…moved by Chyann Kirby to receive and file the February 28, 2011 Regular Council Minutes….”
Seconded by James Evans.  Carried.
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DECLARATION OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST
None.
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REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR
Works Commissioner, Bruce Gault was welcomed filling in for Development Officer, David Taylor, who is absent due to illness.
APPLICATION FOR VARIANCE (ACCESSORY BUILDINGS) RE: PAUL & KAREN HOBART – 497 NEREPIS ROAD
(A) DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT DATED MARCH 17, 2011
Applicants, Paul and Karen Hobart were present.  Mr. Hobart addressed the Committee as to the following changes to his Variance Application:
He is removing the riding ring from the Application, and also; reducing the size of the horse stable.
There was no one else present speaking in favor of this Application.
Speaking against this Application was Peregrine Riley of 501 Nerepis Road.  Mr. Riley addressed the Committee and advised the following:
His main concern is potential run off from the structure, as it is being built on a high point of land; he questioned as to why the Department of Health did not take into consideration the steep grade and slope of the proposed location of the structure in their letter addressed to the Development Officer dated March 16, 2011; he is also concerned with regard to possible over flow of water from a man made pond located on the south eastern corner of Mr. Hobart’s property; there is a total of seven homes in the vicinity that obtain their water from spring fed water sources, downhill from the marked location of the stable; in his opinion, any further activity that may disrupt water being piped onto his property is unacceptable; he does not wish to see bright lights at the top of the property that would take away the tranquility of the area.    Mr. Hobart responded to Mr. Riley’s concerns as follows:
the pond in question has been on the property for approximately six years and flows directly into ditch on his own property; the ground is flat where he proposes to construct the barn.
Also speaking against this Application was Robert Sheils of 500 Nerepis Road.  Mr. Sheils addressed the Committee as follows:
he resides directly across the road from Mr. Hobart and obtains his water from a spring 30 feet from the highway; he is also representing other neighbours present this evening who also get their water supply from a spring; he questioned as to why he received a letter advising of this Application, while his neighbours did not; there are three springs in the area which have been used as a water source for over 100 years; he checks and drains his well regularly.
Due to the fact Mr. Sheils and his neighbours were not in receipt of the letter received from Mike Allanach of the Department of Health, Cllr. Bev Day read it aloud, in which he advised that this Application falls under the Livestock Operation Act under the Department of the Environment and recommended the Applicant maintain a setback of 100 ft. from wells (drilled or dug).  He also stressed the point that dug wells as opposed to drilled wells, are not considered a safe source of potable water, as they are prone to surface water contamination as well as rodent activity.
Chair, Ralph Stevens further advised that he will take the matter up with the Development Officer regarding protocol for letters sent out to neighbouring properties.
“…moved by Jim Burke that the Planning Advisory Committee APPROVE the following Variance Request to the Town’s Zoning By-law, Town of Grand Bay-Westfield By-law No. 112, to increase the maximum permitted area of Accessory Buildings on the property from 75 m² to 200.67 m² for the construction of a proposed private horse stable, to be located at 497 Nerepis Road, PID No. 00224451;
Subject to maintaining the minimum setback of 30 m (100 ft) from wells and dwellings as required by the Department of Health, achieved by the setbacks as shown on the submitted Site Plan….”
Seconded by Chyann Kirby.  Carried.
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ADJOURNMENT
“… moved by Jim Burke to adjourn the meeting….”, at 8:21  p.m.
Seconded by Cllr. Bev Day.  Carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ralph Stevens, Laylia Nice,
Chairman………………………………………………………………………………………. PAC Secretary