NEC Appeal Hearing | Singer
A Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) appeal hearing will take place at the Municipal Office for 5 days beginning on Thursday September 8, 2016 to consider the Development Permit submitted by Cliff and Judy Singer, 2222699 Ontario Inc., which the NEC had previously approved, subject to conditions.
The proposal approved by the NEC would permit up to four water skiing events on their property for a three year period, including some modifications to the property to support the competitions.
Council reviewed the NEC development permit in January 2016 at which time they heard from several residents who expressed concern that the NEC had approved the application. The concerns noted by residents included the potential contamination of the aquifer and their water supply; noise; traffic; whether this was a private or commercial use; vehicle pollution; the parameters of the special event permit; and the lack of required rehabilitation follow-up. The group asked that Council support them in the appeals to the NEC and deny any requests for a special event permit.
Council, at its January 26, 2016 meeting passed the following motion:
WHEREAS the Town of Mono was circulated a Request for Comments on April 9, 2015 for a proposal by Cliff and Judy Singer, 2222699 Ontario Inc. to host 4 not-for-profit water skiing events and accessory facilities on an existing 82.62 hectare property;
AND WHEREAS the Town of Mono was circulated with a Notice of Decision dated January 14, 2016, approving a larger scope of uses for the property than originally circulated;
AND WHEREAS during their January 26th, 2016 Council meeting, the Town of Mono received presentations from neighbouring residents outlining concerns related to the scope of the proposal and environmental issues;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Staff be directed to file an appeal on Council's behalf to Application for Development Permit D/L/2014-2015/308, Cliff and Judy Singer, 2222699 Ontario Inc.;
AND FURTHER THAT Staff be directed to provide a report to Council at their next meeting regarding the concerns which have been raised by the residents.
The NEC decision was appealed by the Town of Mono, the applicant and ratepayers in support and against the proposal. Parties and participants at the hearing will include the applicant, the Town of Mono, Mono-Mulmur Citizens Coalition (MC2), Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment (CONE), Ontario Waterski and Wakeboard Association, Dufferin Landowners Association, and ratepayers, in support and against the proposal.
The hearing commences on Thursday September 8th, 10 a.m. at the Municipal Office and is open to the public.