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Feature Article - April 24, 2008

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Feature Article -April 24, 2008 Addington Highlands CouncilApr 21/08By Jule Koch BrisonProposed subdivision has problems

Although builder Bruce Kellar was not on the agenda of the Denbigh council meeting, he was in the audience, and Reeve Henry Hogg invited him to speak to council about a subdivision he is proposing to build north of Cloyne, off the Skootamatta Lake Road.

Kellar is seeking an answer from council on whether they will approve the first phase of the development, in which three new lots would be created.

Kellar showed the councilors his severance application and said, “Before I spend another $3000 I need to know that phase one will be approved... I know you have rules, but you’re the people that can change the rules.”

Two of the lots have access by a private road, the status of which would have to be “clarified”, according to Reeve Henry Hogg. But one lot does not have road access.

Township Clerk Jack Pauhl said, “Parcel B does not front on a maintained road and doesn’t fit into the Official Plan.”

Kellar said that there is an unopened road allowance that would allow access into Parcel B.

“Parcel B can’t be created; a road allowance is not a road. Until it is assumed by bylaw it does not become a public road,” said Pauhl, adding that approval would also have to be obtained from North Frontenac Township as the unopened road allowance is on the boundary between Frontenac County and Lennox & Addington.

“Whose responsibility will it be to bring the roads up to standard?” asked Henry Hogg, adding, “I don’t want another Cross Road”, in reference to a contentious dispute in which a landowner closed a road.

“Road access is the developer’s responsibility,” said Pauhl, and asked Kellar if he had spoken to a planner. Kellar replied, “I’m not going to retain a planner until I know that phase one can go ahead. I approached this as a partnership with the municipality; I’m looking to do economic development for the township and the municipality would collect the taxes.”

Reeve Hogg replied, “I don’t believe residential taxes are a windfall for the township.”

Deputy Mayor Helen Yanch suggested that council discuss the proposal further before giving a reply. Kellar then asked for a time frame, saying it had been almost a year since he first approached council with the proposal.

Hogg assured him that council would get back to him by Monday the 28th.

Hogg later said that council would “try to work something out” with Bruce Kellar.

Council approved a cost of $2150 to drill four wells, three at the Vennachar site and one at Denbigh, for environmental monitoring.

Council has received a quote for Electronic Waste Diversion from Computer Recycling Inc., Ottawa. The cost of recycling is $0.54 per lb. for peripherals and electronics. Computer towers are free. Trucking costs $400 for a 4-ton load. The company estimates that a municipality with 6000 residents spends $20,000 on E-waste recycling and trucking.Jack Pauhl prepared a report for council, suggesting that tipping fees could be charged to offset the costs, and also that AH could do the trucking themselves, as no MOE permit is required to transport E-Waste.

Deputy Mayor Yanch pointed out that the township pays for recycling anyway, and this would divert a lot of material from the waste stream.

Council agreed to discuss the matter further at budget time.

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