Council says John St. Port Dover lot is too small to build

By David Judd
A lot at the end of John Street overlooking the Port Dover Harbour Marina is too small to build on.
County council made the decision in a 5-4 vote on April 22.
Owner George Murphy asked council to change the county’s official plan and zoning to permit him to build a house.
But council agreed with its planners that the irregularly shaped lot is too small.
The home’s front yard would have been four feet deep, not big enough to landscape.
Parking would have been limited to one car.
And the house would have had no access to John Street, except by an unopened road.
Neighbour Louise Hammond, who owns land surrounding Mr. Murphy’s lot, said erosion does happen on the hill above the marina.
She said traffic to the marina is horrific and parking on John Street is a problem.
But the Long Point Region Conservation Authority sees no environmental issues with building in a defined area of the lot, said Mr. Murphy’s lawyer, Tom Cline.
The province encourages growth and wants more use of water and sewer services, Mr. Cline said.
Port Dover Coun. John Wells voted to refuse planning permission.
It’s a nightmare for a councillor when neighbours have opposing views, he said.
“It’s like putting a size seven foot in a size six and a half shoe,” Port Rowan Coun. Betty Chanyi said.
Middleton Coun. Roger Geysens disagreed.
He said some condominiums and subdivisions in Port Dover have small yards not much different from the lot on John Street.
“Neighbours are problems wherever you live,” Coun. Geysens said.
Mayor Dennis Travale, Simcoe Coun. Peter Black, Coun. Chanyi, Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus and Coun. Wells voted against permitting a house on the John Street lot.
Coun. Geysens, Simcoe Coun. Charlie Luke, Charlotteville Coun. Jim Oliver and Waterford Coun. Harold Sonnenberg voted to permit a house.

Port Dover Maple Leaf lot

A map from the planning department’s report to Norfolk County council shows the John Street lot councillors decided was too small to allow a building.

Posted: May 1, 2014

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