GRANVILLE FERRY, N.S. - Residents of Granville Ferry and down the road past Port Royal are talking about zoning these days and Annapolis County is stepping back to let them discuss, debate, and decide what sort of regulations they want in place – if any.
Originally residents under the umbrella of the Granville Road Ratepayers Association had brought concerns to municipal council after a close call with a fish farm moving to the area. That group had a vision to protect the oldest road in Canada from haphazard development that could jeopardize the historical nature of the Annapolis Basin’s northern shoreline.
At the time they were told any discussion would have to include all residents of the area so other visions might also be considered – and under provisions of the Municipal Government Act council could not be involved in those talks.
That was more than a year ago, but with guidance from county planner Albert Dunphy, progress has been made and the new Granville Road Area Advisory Committee held its first meeting on Sept. 24 of this year.
Nancy Smith of Port Wade chairs the group with a proposed planning area from the brow of the North Mountain to the Annapolis River and from Mills Mountain Road west on the Granville Road to Victoria Beach.
At the Sept. 24 meeting Dunphy provided background on land use and planning including explanations on Municipal Planning Strategies and Land-Use Bylaws. The committee was tasked with deciding if it wants a MPS and LUB, and if so, what areas of the proposed planning area have a majority of inhabitants who what it.
Wayne Currie with the Granville Road Ratepayers Association said his group supports a planning strategy and land-use bylaws for all of Granville Road, but said the group agrees with municipal council that there are diverse communities along the stretch of road.
“So, in our opinion, land use planning areas should be determined by community identity, that is, people’s shared values, the area’s history, and agreement on its best use by the majority of inhabitants,” Currie said in an update to the ratepayers