August 7, 2003
Committee of the Whole 8:43 a.m. – 12:31 a.m.
All Members of Council present for part of the time.
Deputy MayorGordon Salisbury arrived at 9:30 a.m.; Councillor Pierre Paul Maurice left at 11 a.m.

CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: 8:30 a.m. – 10:59 a.m.

DISCUSSION OF POINTS RAISED AT ZONING BY-LAW OPEN HOUSE: The discussion was guided by Nick McDonald of Meridian Planning Consultants. He focussed the discussion on two of several issues which were vigorously addressed by the several hundred residents who attended the Open House on July 26.

EP2 STRIPS ALONG SHORE: No clear directive emerged from the discussion of concerns raised about the EP2 strips along the shore (20-metre-wide strips attached to the water side of lots as shown on assessment maps). No clear explanation was offered as to why they are there or what their purpose is.

SETBACKS FROM THE 178 METRE LEVEL: At several points it was emphasized that the 178 metre level and the setbacks, for dwellings, of 15 metres (in ordinary circumstances) or 45 metres (on dynamic beaches) were intended to protect shoreline citizens from flood hazards. This was hard to accept when all current shoreline cottages are to be grandfathered in, whether they are closer to the water than the 178-metre elevation line or than the 15-metre or the 45-metre setbacks. Besides, very few cottages sustained damage in last century's highest water and worst storm, namely the high water of 1986 and Hurricane Hazel in 1954. It is also clear that the chief effect of the new level and setbacks will be to impose fees on waterfront owners who want to expand, rebuild on a larger footprint, or build on a vacant lot. (Shoreline owners wishing to do these things would have to hire a surveyor to establish the 178 metre level on their lots, hire an engineer to locate a “safe” building pocket on their lots, and pay an $800 fee to approach the Committee of Adjustment for a minor variance.)

It seemed to have been decided that the 178-metre level would remain in the Zoning By-Law and that the basic setback would be 15 metres inland from that level. As a result of the vigorous opposition to the proposed setbacks at the Open House, the decision seemed to have been taken to remove the whole issue of dynamic beach setback from the Zoning By-Law while various approaches to the problem were explored.

For the text of the Draft Zoning By-Law see, click on PUBLIC NOTICES, then click on DRAFT ZONING BY-LAW.

The statutory public meeting on the Draft Zoning By-Law is on September 13, at the Wyebridge Community Centre at 1 pm.