Can we move back from a precipice for the Williams-Colpitt Lakes Watershed? 25Jan2022

The Developer’s property borders the
uppermost  of the of the two Catamaran
Ponds at the top of the Williams-Colpitt Lakes

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSURB) will hold a hearing on March 30, 2022 to consider an appeal by a developer to reverse the decision of the Halifax and West Community Council to turn down his request to rezone properties bordering a wetland at the top of the Williams-Colpitt Lakes Watershed.

The public will have the opportunity to speak at the hearing and/or make written submissions.

Written comments must be received by the Board by 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 4, 2022.

To speak at the hearing one must notify the board by 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 4, 2022

View details on the WLCC (Williams Lake Conservation Co.) website

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From the WLCC Jan 22, 2022:

The Williams Lake Conservation Company sees four primary issues significant to this appeal. Which are you concerned about? Please feel free to use or reference these issues in any submission you make.

Wetland: The Catamaran Ponds are located at the top of the Williams Lake watershed. The development will have a major negative impact on the function of the wetlands surrounding Catamaran Ponds, and ultimately on the water quality of Governors Brook, Colpitt Lake and Williams Lake. The wetlands provide a breeding ground and resting spot for birds, and a home to amphibians and mammals.

Density: The developer proposes a building that is too large for the two small lots at 48 – 50 Old Sambro Road, and will therefore be accommodating underground parking for 13 vehicles. Construction of the building in order to accommodate parking will entail blasting, creating run off of sediment into the Catamaran Ponds, and will negatively impact those living in the neighbourhood.

Wildlife Corridor: Residents in the area report regular sightings of animals such as deer, fox, and rabbits. The building will block the corridor. The steep slope behind the building will necessitate a fence, further blocking wildlife.

Traffic: The developer downplays the impact the development will have on the traffic on Old Sambro Road. Did you know that the solution proposed is to restrict traffic to right-in/right-out? This means that traffic entering the development will be by a right hand turn only, and traffic leaving the development will be by right hand turn only. This is an inadequate solution to the traffic in the vicinity of the intersection of Old Sambro Road and Dunbrack Street.

This is your community! It is important to support your Community Council which voted against this development!

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