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Friday, August 19, 2011

Woodland Study Concerns

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Residents face more costs if want to develop on land designated in study.

People who may have land in what could become significant woodlands in Saugeen Shores, may find themselves footing the bill for an Environmental Impact Study before being allowed to build--if they're allowed at all.

About 30 people showed up at the Rotary Hall in Port Elgin on Thursday night to learn that two areas are being considered for the study.

Saugeen Shores Development Coordinator Jay Pausner says the land in question is north of the Saugeen River in Southampton to the border with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation and the other is a narrow strip of land between the Shore Road and the beach, between South Street in Southampton and Concession 10 in Port Elgin.

Pausner says if the land is zoned anything other than residential or R1, owners could be affected by the outcome of this study which is expected to be finalized by October 28th.

Southampton resident Bob Murawsky says he's concerned about his grandson's plot of land north of the Saugeen River.

He says the town put in the sewer services and charged the landowners who may now be faced with not being able to develop it until the study is done.

Murawsky says the new rules means some landowners may have to get an Environmental Impact Study done before any development and that could cost several thousand additional dollars.

Natural Resource Solutions consultants are carrying out the study and plan to have an interim report done by the end of August -- followed by a second open house in October prior to a final report October 28th.


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