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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 19:49

Housing project to address concerns re environment and First Nations access

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By Glenna Burns

            Planners behind a proposed 16-lot shoreline development on Pigeon Lake told Trent Lakes Council Dec. 6 that the project will address concerns about lake access for First Nations people, and about habitat for the threatened Blandings turtle.

            EcoVue consultant Heather Sadler outlined the proposed 16-lot plan site on Buffalo Bay, near Nichols Cove Road. The property is owned by 2344283 Ont. Inc. and represented by Peter (Bedros) Avedian.

            Sadler told council that because of concern for threatened species on the site, especially the

Blandings turtle, a 30-metre setback will be created along the untouched shore, along with wildlife corridors and natural open spaces. Two dedicated docking areas will minimize shoreline disruption.

            Sadler also mentioned that Williams Treaty First Nations signatories will be consulted. “It is our goal and intention to engage with all seven First Nation Williams Treaty signatories in meaningful and fruitful consultation regarding this proposed development,” she said.

            First Nations members have repeatedly complained about diminishing access to Pigeon Lake and other lakes due to shoreline development.

            A second presentation to council focused on a 32-lot subdivision proposal known as Granite Ridge Phase 2 on a 19-hectare site in a former gravel pit adjacent to Buckhorn.

            Michael Wynia of Skelton Brumwell and Associates consultants updated council on the status of this application.

            A big concern for this development is storm water management and the municipality’s liability. Wynia assured council this concern has been dealt with by a pond created by the aggregate extractor on the site.

            Next steps for this proposal will include a public meeting and zoning by-law changes.

            Both proposed subdivisions will have the lots serviced with individual on-site sewage and water systems, so no new municipal treatment systems will be necessary.

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