Land Development

Land Developement in Wainfleet is a polarizing issue. There is a significant push by a lot of the residents to stop any significant development particularly along the lakeshore….which is of course the desireable area where developers see the greatest potential.  I don’t want to see a high rise built on a piece of property beside me but I would like to see some of the lakefront properties updated. I don’t know if any of  you have taken a drive along the Gardner Expressway in Toronto lately between, say, Spadina and the DVP, but it’s an abomination… literally cannot see the lake. We will never get to that point in Wainfleet of course but I think the lesson is that we should plan carefully for the kind of development we want. I don’t believe that NO development is any more reasonable than TO style development. I think we just need to have a clear understanding of where we want to go.

  1. #1 by Pat Cusack on September 8, 2010 - 1:13 pm

    Lee Bott wrote a great letter to the editor published today in The Tribune – 8 September 2010. Money seems to be growing on trees in this neck of the woods~long live the Fowler Toad and all the other endangered species including ourselves!

  2. #2 by Betty Konc on May 20, 2010 - 11:03 am

    I am just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on the recommendation by the consultants doing the upgrade of our Official Plan to expand the boundaries of the Burnaby Hamlet? It has been recommended that the hamlet boudaries be extended to Golf Course road and well south of the lakeshore road. In essence almost doubling the size of the hamlet. Does this guy from Toronto ( wild guess) really think that there will be that many folks wanting to move to Wainfleet between now and 2031 and that they will want to be buying in the Burnaby area. How long has this hamlet been in existance that it can’t possibly handle any influx of folks in the boundaries that it already has? If we don’t object to this idea it will get put into the updated OP and then we will be stuck with it.

    Please attend the open house at the township hall on May 26th from 2-5 and 7-9 to tell these guys to leave things alone regarding the hamlet sizes. What is the point? Again we are in Wainfleet, which is a great place to live.

    More folks need to get engaged in the process and let the council know what you all think.
    Betty KOnc

  3. #3 by Bernie Cusack on March 29, 2010 - 8:19 am

    Here’s something we got from a friend in the U.S.

    “What have we learned in 2,065 years?

    ‘The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled and the assistance for foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.’ – Cicero 55BC

    Evidently, nothing.”

    Pat Cusack

  4. #4 by Bernie Cusack on March 20, 2010 - 11:23 am

    And … about the Wainfleet budget! Not mentioned was the monies spent to date to force many of us to move by proceeding with the water and sewer project. How much has been spent to date? This question is part of a letter to the editor I have just sent to the Tribune. Following is the balance.
    “Wainfleet taxpayers luck out! Projected 5% increase included extra road costs. Imagine what the cost would have been had any serious upgrades been done. Some of that increase probably covers the extra maintenance required for using snowplows to prepare the grassed areas of the road bed for planting. I am sure Ted Hessels could have advised the works department that there are better implements for this kind of ploughing. On the bright side, several farmers have applied for re-training grants in order to employ the wingmen for farm ploughing and the upgrading of their skills so they do not miss sections along the road. A simple alternative might be to put a 6″ shoe on the wing and thus avoid the dirt ploughing and its associated maintenance costs.”
    Bernie and Pat Cusack

  5. #5 by Bernie Cusack on March 19, 2010 - 2:12 pm

    I am so disappointed in the OMB’s decision about Lakewood. Betty is right – why waste everybody’s time in entertaining appeals by individuals wanting to live within the guidelines of an official plan. I’d just love to take a can of black spray paint to the “coming soon” sign on the property. Now, tell us, who is going to make sure that the toads will be protected and everything that was agreed to is done. In Trinidad this is called a “pappy show”.
    Andrew Watt’s letter in today’s Import News says it all.
    Pat Cusack
    Friday, 19 March 2010.

  6. #6 by Betty Konc on March 17, 2010 - 11:11 am

    I feel compelled to report that the OMB has ruled against the appeals that Lee Bott and the Ratepayers launched against the development of the old Easter Seals camp, Lakewood.
    I of course do not agree with any of the chairs findings and particularly disagree with his contention that the board must rely upon the evidence of witnesses who are professionals, and that lay witnesses can point to flaws and those flaws can delay the board’s decision for the flaws to be corrected.
    so obviously if folks like Lee Bott are only viewed by the OMB as delaying tactics why on earth do they even entertain appeals by private individuals?
    Another bad planning decision to be added to the past bad planning decisions of the township, ta ta to the rural atmosphere that we have had to a large degree along the lakeshore.
    Betty Konc

  7. #7 by Andrew Watts on March 2, 2010 - 5:02 pm

    Hope you may include the above!

  8. #8 by Andrew Watts on March 2, 2010 - 4:58 pm

    The Township has a pretty good Official Plan. There are existing Regional and Provincial Planning Policies, most of which make sense. The most recent Provincial Places to Grow policy document only supports all the above.
    Unfortunately our current Township Council, advise by unelected Regional and Township Staff, continue to ignore all of the above in their haste to appease the Region’s insatiable appetite for more property taxes at any cost(40c of every dollar Wainfleet Residents pays does not benefit Wainfleet, it goes to the Region), and also to support every and any developer or contractor who wishes to profit at Wainfleet’s expense. Just how this benefits either this Township Council or our unelected Township staff is impossible to understand? None of their planning decisions and the votes passes during this administration will benefit a single existing Wainfleet Resident, nor will any of them ensure that Wainfleet retains any of the rural and agricultural character promised by this Council.
    Practically every single planning approval in the past three years has only been passed after the Planners, both Township and Region have made those applications subject to ‘Special Provisions.’
    What we should all be asking of our Councilors is why they are all so ready to ignore existing Township, Regional and Provincial Planning Policies in order to do no more than promote the financial interests of contractors and developers?
    Wainfleet does have some problems along Lakeshore. With modern technology and existing legislation none of them are difficult to address.
    The Region’s unsustainable and completely unaffordable ‘Big Pipe solution’ meeting genuine and logical opposition from many Wainfleet Residents appears to have been a catalyst that have sent this Council into a reaction that is almost like spoiled children who cannot have their own way and who are now intent on only punishing anyone who does not agree with them.
    There can’t be a single Wainfleet Resident who took the time to go out and vote at the last election who imagined just three short years later the Council they elected would have:
    1.Supported 100% the proposed Lakeshore Servicing Project.
    2.A sub-division development in a rural setting in the north east of Wainfleet, which contradicts everything in the Provincial Places to Grow Policy.
    3.A condominium development directly on the Lake Erie shoreline which will destroy the habitat of at least three Species at Risk and at the same time negatively effect existing Wainfleet homeowners living in a known flood plain area.
    4.And after pretending to oppose the proposed second Quarry on Highway 3 immediatle caved and approved it when the Township lawyer threatened them with liability if they didn’t!
    And it will only get worse!
    Our Mayor has one more disaster to impose on this Township, and even bigger and more catastrophic than anything else she and her Councilors have so far approved.
    If Mr.Rankin’s Wind Farm is ever built in Wainfleet, (a ‘community project’ as described by Mr.Rankin himself), and so far there is no suggestion from Council that they won’t approve it, then all the development that has gone before will become irrelevant.
    It is impossible to imagine a more destructive policy that could be imposed by a Council so completely out of touch with what is best for those who elected them.
    We have all the wrong people taking all the wrong decisions without explaining why.

  9. #9 by Laura Salen on February 23, 2010 - 10:19 pm

    You may or may not be aware of the push in Crystal Beach for a highrise condo development. As a cottage owner, I don’t want to see that kind of development which would change the whole character of the lakeshore. Granted, I am not a Canadian citizen but I do have a financial stake in Wainfleet and in how and why I wanted to live there even if it is parttime.

  10. #10 by Lee on February 21, 2010 - 1:20 am

    I am not opposed to all development near the lake (emphasis on near, not on the lake as this is and should be considered hazardous areas. Nature has no political boundaries.

    But I do oppose large scale development, especially condominiums in whatever form they may take. High towers or a wall of closely spaced single family dwellings, twisting existing bylaws to put single family homes parcels of land that are much smaller than allowed in the official plan of Wainfleet (1 acre minimum) or in the Regional Plan (2.5 acres minimum). Wainfleet is a rural country community. Which means large open spaces.

    We give up the conveniences of city living in exchange for open, country, quiet, commune with nature type living. We respect the environment and the wildlife living in it.

    We don’t go out and make a Species at Risk become an extinct species all in the name of profit.

    We don’t take away the beach areas from the public. Public beaches in Wainfleet are also becoming extinct.

    Yes, lakefront property is desireable but how about selling off the existing homes that have been for sale along the lakefront and are not selling because of the impending Water /Sewer project.

    Building condominiums that will sell for $500,000 – $600,000 in a depressed economic area with a no infrastructure is just not smart growth.

    Building outside hamlet and settled areas is not in keeping with the Smart Places to Grow Act.

    Cutting down healthy trees, destroying wildlife habitat, putting in septic systems not allowed to existing residents in Wainfleet, using a water source that has been proven to significantly affect surrounding homes – this is all wrong.

    Why have an Official Plan if you aren’t going to adhere to it.

    Those attending the Visioning Exercises in Wainfleet for the new Official Plan have voiced their concerns and their opinions. The majority have spoken.

    Large scale, condominium development is not wanted in Wainfleet.

    This is not a NIMBY talking. It is a township. It’s time our Town Council and Mayor listen.

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