Friday, January 28, 2011

The Beaver Valley Village Subdivision Proposal

GABP has been made aware of a 45-lot subdivision proposal in Grey Highlands that has local property owners and the Beaver Valley Ratepayers Association (BVRA) very concerned. The Beaver Valley Village, planned for the top of the escarpment near the Beaver Valley Ski Club, is to be serviced with individual wells and septic systems.

Although a hydrogeology study and a karst evaluation have been done for the site, peer reviewers retained by the Municipality and the County, are not convinced that the area can support the proposal on private services. The Ministry of the Environment also, is critical of the density of the proposal on individual services, in an area where problems with well-water quantity and quality are well-known. Many residents, already familiar with well-water shortages, dry wells, turbid and contaminated drinking water, are worried about the cumulative negative impact to area groundwater from increasing development pressure in the area.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Status of the GCOP Five Year Review

Grey County Council adopted County Official Plan Amendment  (OPA) No. 80, the five-year review of the County Official Plan, in March 2009. OPA No. 80 has been sent to the Province for approval. However, according to County Planner, Randy Scherzer, the Province has not made a final decision with respect to the amendment at this time, although a final decision from the Province is expected shortly. In e-mail communication with GABP, Scherzer said there will likely be some amendments made to the policies/schedules adopted as part of OPA No. 80. County received a draft decision in Jly 2010 from the Province and there were some proposed revision identified in it . See a report summarizing the key proposed revisionsas well as the draft decision.