"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Thursday, 10 December 2015


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "THIS MORNING'S LESSON ...BOOK OF THE MONTH": 

I think the owner has made a simple offer. It is for sale. The price, in my view, seems realistic. Surrounding homes command almost a million dollars.

So, the owner is going to sell at market value or develop it. How it's developed might be the subject of further discussion. But the discussion will be along the lines of less detached on bigger lots here or more semis/towns/condos there. 

The OMB will have clear jurisdiction should the matter be put in front of it. The town is not going to buy it and the owner(s) is not in the business of gifting land for dog parks. The province is not going to get involved as there is no need to.

The town might whisper to the ratepayers' association it is last call - realistically spell out how you think it should be developed. If a realistic presentation is received the town could bless it and see if the owner can accommodate it. Otherwise, the ratepayers' association can bring the matter to the OMB on its own dime. 

It will be exciting to see our councillors duck and weave as they try to avoid a decision; send it back to staff, more review, send a memo to the province demanding it get this hot potato off its plate and direct the OMB to do the "right thing".  

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 10 December 2015 at 21:30


Anonymous said...

I do agree. Even Mr Ballard may try to get involved.
Otherwise that post is right on. The neighbours' group should spend their own money at the OMB.
The rest of us can just sit back and enjoy the theatrics.
{ I do live next to Highland ]

Anonymous said...

That association said that they did have a plan & obviously their spokesman had some sort of figure in mind when
he mentioned the " delta " that existed between the numbers. Weird word there. It would be interesting to see what they thought was a reasonable sum to pay.
Meantime, we're " shovel ready. "

Anonymous said...

It happened so fast and caught everyone off balance.
Brilliant from the developers.

Anonymous said...

9:32- Mr. Ballard will be involved if there is a photo-op opportunity. Otherwise forget it.