Hoping to make a last impression on the Saugeen Shores Planning Committee, a group of concerns citizens will be encircling a Southampton (Huron, Bay and Albert Streets) woodland tomorrow (May 18) from 3- 4 p.m., to stop the potential change to the Official Plan by an applicant in regards to development in Saugeen Shores woodlands.
The group says they're over 400 strong and are against any kind of potential development on the Bay Street area property which features 11 hectors of nature.
Brian Putnam is one of 150 people who've written letters to the Town of Saugeen Shores and the County of Bruce and believes the area is no place for development and should be kept in its natural state.
"In our opinion it's not a priority for housing, it's not necessary and the Town of Saugeen Shores should take the higher ground...and reject the application at least until the Official Plan is reviewed."
Putnam says the lands is a spot for migratory butterflies as well as Beavers, Bears, Deer, Red Foxes, Bald Eagles, Egrets and spawning Fish, "in fact they're spawning right now" says Putnam. He also says the area "serves as a natural buffer for flooding."
Saugeen Shores Supervisor of Development Services, Jay Pausner says if the application is approved at the May 21, 2019 Planning Meeting, "it's just one step."
"If it's approved than the developer has to prepare a plan showing what the proposal is, support it with necessary studies showing there's no negative impacts, and it comes back to council and goes back to more public meetings and more consideration," he says.
Pausner says if the Planning Committee refuses the application on May 21, "that's the end of it, unless the developer appeals to the local planning appeal tribunal".
Pausner goes on to explain the process. "An applicant wants to change something about their property, they get that opportunity, it goes to the public for comment, and it goes in front of council. That's exactly what's supposed to happen in this process."