From an attendee at Monday’s MPS/LUB meeting :
Councillor Simpson stood up for his consituents at Council. He is our hero. He put forward a motion at the meeting on Monday night, based on wording from Rob Porter’s submission concerning the R1 zone, which would have enshrined in the MPS ( in Section 8) an intent to retain the single family dwelling zone as an integral part of Wolfville’s character and economic viability/sustainability . Councillor McKay is to be applauded also for seconding the motion. In the discussion that followed the motion the Deputy Mayor argued that the statement of intent was not necessary as the wording of the MPS implied the preservation of the zone as an intent and also argued that in any case anything that was written in the document could be amended by a subsequent Council so was not written in stone. Although a number of Councillors spoke to the motion the mayor said nothing. The motion was defeated. Is the R1 zone safe given this attitude?
Our comments re Deputy Mayor Wrye’s arguments: 1) If an intent to retain the R1 zone was the intent of Council and the document then what harm would there be by making it explicit in the wording of the MPS? 2) If any clauses of the MPS can be so cavalierly amended as the deputy mayor implies than nothing in the MPS is safe, especially the R1 zone, which he himself advised should be revisited within the year.
The Conclusion? The only safety for residents of Wolfville regarding any zoning or any bylaw or any policy, environmentally sustainable or otherwise, is having a Council composed of members who DO feel that the MPS and LUB are not to be amended lightly.
Our other conclusion? The defeat of his motion won’t do Councillor Simpson any harm when it comes to the election which is looming. On the contrary.