I have serious concerns about how the Committee of Adjustment handled citizens who appeared at the Apr. 17th meeting were treated by the committee members which I attended.
Many residents were objecting to the proposed severance application to create four new single family lots at 883 Doon Village Rd. This application was initially heard on Feb. 20th by the Committee and deferred to receive additional heritage information. The committee chair that day, Adam Head, stated that we needed to hear from the residents.
At the meeting of Apr. 17th, only five residents appeared to speak. The chair stated that since there were so many objectors that he would impose a 5 minute time limit on each speaker.
I have appeared before the Committee as a staff person and as a delegation as well as sat a member of the Committee for six years in planning career of over forty years. I have never seen a time limit imposed on speakers at this committee in my life to limit their presentations. Unacceptable!
Furthermore, when the first delegation spoke to express her opinion and that of the people who signed the petition of over 500 names, she was cut her off rudely in the middle of presentation and told that we needed to hear facts of objections and not opinions. The lady was flabbergasted and fumbled through the rest of her speech.
Having sat as a Committee member over the years, the purpose of hearing arguments from both parties in favour or against is to hear the merits of the application and their opinions – and not to state that we don’t want opinions. Unacceptable!
These residents were unfairly treated by the two members running the meeting who failed their code of conduct.