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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Woodland Planning Amendment Turned Down

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

All members voted against the proposed amendment.

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A lot of smiling faces at the Saugeen Shores Planning Committee meeting.

A little over 100 people jammed into the Rotary Hall at the Plex to listen to five delegations against the amendment and to see what council would do.

All members voted against the proposed amendment.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau says they made the right decision saying the issue should be looked at during an Official Plan review which will be taking place later this year.

Charbonneau says "Clearly it's a significant woodland....important to a lot of residents's significance is based in the fact that it's one big woodland in our community."

A developer wanted a planning amendment to the Official Plan to allow some residential development in the area.

See: Circle the Woodland

Brian Putnam of Southampton, who organized a protest on Saturday with people forming a chain around the land in question says he was "flabbergasted" by the vote saying he's grateful that councillors listened to those who had concerns about the application, and ultimately rejected it.

The significant woodland is located in an area bounded by Albert, Huron and Bay Streets in Southampton.

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