Environmental concerns voiced on Chippawa development

Christine Hudder

BARRY’S BAY – Although the number of lots has been reduced from 54 to 44, residents still have a number of concerns about the proposed Chippawa Shores subdivision.

The proposed condominium development borders the Madawaska River, Kamaniskeg Lake, Green Lake and Labrador Lake. The public meeting held on August 29 was held to discuss rezoning the land from tourist commercial to limited service residential (exemption 53). This would allow a limited service, single detached dwelling on a common element roadway under a plan of a condominium.

The zoning amendment would also establish various building setbacks to the wetlands and surrounding surface water features which were recommended in the natural heritage study and environmental impact assessment.

Charles Cheesman is the Manager of Planning Services for the County of Renfrew. In an hour long presentation, he spoke to the various peer reviewed studies done on the property. The peer reviewed studies are paid for by the applicant.

Some of the studies he touched on included geotechnical, hydrogeology, landscaping plans, surface water impact assessment, natural heritage study and environmental assessment, and more.

“At some point, the township will be asked to comment to the county expressing municipal position on the subdivision,” Cheesman said.

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