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  • For our children
    June 16, 2013 - 17:42

    This is a great story about responsible development and how things can be done differently to make a difference to us all. Kudos to Mr. Ford and the Manuals River Natural Heritage Society for their efforts to preserve this natural public asset. Not all developers are as forward thinking and generous. One only has to look at the problems in the St. John's city rivers as evidence of that. It's time that our province created a comprehensive land use policy to protect the natural areas closest to where we live.

  • DON II
    June 16, 2013 - 14:58

    At least the CBS Town Council is trying to encourage private property and development in their town unlike the Town of Cupids which is revising its town plan that restricts perfectly good residential land by zoning it for mineral mines and farmland despite the fact that the land zoned as "rural" is not suitable for either farming or mining! It appears that areas in Cupids will be zoned for conservation and heritage because somebody found a pipe stem or a broken dish that they think belongs to John Guy! The difference between zoning and planning for development amongst the various towns is astounding. Some towns are trying to develop and improve their fiscal situation while others don't want you to break ground for anything at all because you might disturb some buried 400 year old garbage! The fact that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador allows so many small towns to govern themselves results in an undemocratic patchwork of different regulations, bylaws, rules, taxes and zoning that makes no sense at all and discourages residential, commercial and industrial development. Meanwhile, the same towns that won't let you build a house because they don't like you or because you might dig up some buried 400 garbage are constantly going cap in hand to Government looking for funding, debt forgiveness and loan payment restructuring! I understand that several towns are trying to expand their boundaries to take over built up unincorporated areas so they can tax and impose controls on the people living in those areas while not providing any water and sewer services or garbage collection to them! Some towns are run by family cliques and groups that are on Council to push their own agenda. The time for the introduction of Regional Government in order to replace the unworkable and unfair town council family clique system is long overdue in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • JMM
    June 15, 2013 - 18:28

    CBS a central location without congestion? When did he dream that up?

  • California Pete from NFLD
    June 15, 2013 - 12:14

    Who are you kidding it's all about. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$