This project does not serve the wishes and desires of the neighboourhood residents
The developer is essentially building a city-style cliff dwelling situation in a rural setting where there are have never been any cliffs
Ms. Jan Gibson
PO Box 1749
Halifax NS B3J 3A5
Via Fax: 490-4208
Dear Ms. Gibson;
Re: Case 00640 -- Public Hearing November 28, 2005 -- In the matter of a development agreement at 7990 St. Margaret's Bay Road, Ingramport, NS
I have been privy to all the arguments pertaining to this project for the last 2 years. It is clear to me that, irregardless of what went on before and notwithstanding that there may be some sort of grandfathering of previous development agreements and ammendments, that this project does not serve either the substance or intent of the HRM 2020 Plan nor the wishes and desires of the adjacent and surrounding neighboourhood residents.
Furthermore, the environmental impacts of the construction of a large breakwater and subsequent infill of part of the Ingram River estuary are unknown. Permitting such interuption and destruction of the local environment under those circumstances is tantamount to an experiment that will impact all of the surrounding area for a very long time, threatening the ecologoical values of the entire region of St, Margaret's Bay.
The consequent broader business impacts are also undefined. Certainly, one company, Destiny Developemtns, will profit and there will be some ripple effect in the short term to local contractors. The long term business impacts have not been adequately considered. The impacts beyond the business process of the developer to include the businesses of fishermen and tourist operators in the area who depend on either the productivity of the estuary or the rural quaitness of the view planes for their livlihood have not been considered in the long term.
Also not considered are the impacts of living values of the local neighbourhood. This development represents a radical departure from the current way of living for the local residents. The life values of residents who would choose to live in such a condo development are not the life values of the surrounding residents. The developer is essentially building a city-style cliff dwelling situation in a rural setting where there are have never been any cliffs.
All of these arguments clearly underline for the need to go slow and look forward, not backwards. Please consider the broad implication for the Bay and it's residents over the long term and evaluate this application for development in the light of the current reality of our community and of the letter and intent of the new regional plan.
Do not allow this development to continue.
23 Shoal Cove Road,
Seabright, NS B3Z 3A9
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