All property owners in HRM with an existing right-of-way on land that might be subdivided should pay very close attention to what’s happening in the new Boscobel on the Arm development off Purcell’s Cove Road.
Developer IMP is trying to extinguish the right-of-way of longtime area homeowners Michele Raymond and husband Russell MacKinnon. The next step in the legal matter happens tomorrow (Wednesday) around 9:30 am in Chambers at the Halifax Law Courts. Ms. Raymond will present a motion to compel IMP Group to disclose evidence, including what was proposed about the pre-existing rights-of-way during the subdivision process.
The subdivision was approved in May 2013, but HRM now says it will not assume title to the street unless IMP certifies it free and clear from all encumbrances.
This case could set a precedent for other property owners who have rights-of-way on lands slated for future subdivision. Plus IMP’s shocking clearcut and lack of consultation have been a disheartening early warning signal to the community as far as wilderness preservation in the Backlands. Anyone concerned is welcome and encouraged to attend the Chambers hearing.
For more background, view a IMP turns to court on land issue ( Chronicle Herald January 27, 2014).