The following letter is in reply to a West Hants council meeting on Nov. 12, 2013 concerning The Crossing development application to amend an existing development agreement for The Crossing.
For those of you who may not be aware, The Crossing is a community of manufactured homes, often referred to as ‘mini homes’ (they are 900 to 1,200 square feet). This particular development mostly appeals to those who are soon retiring or are retired and wish to make their living arrangements easier — low maintenance homes and smaller yards. This area is also very appealing because of its ideal location, and proximity, to many amenities. Residents have come from British Columbia to Newfoundland and in some cases, other countries.
What was disturbing about this meeting was not the decision (the amendment was approved by council), but the negative comments made by Coun. Randy Matheson concerning this development. As well, there was no rebuttal by the warden and/or other councillors regarding his remarks. I still do not understand why Matheson rose to speak unfavourably about The Crossing.
Matheson apparently did not want the county to take over the roads in this development, saying that the taxpayer is “footing the bill” for the services provided without reimbursement while the developer receives the profits. Surely Matheson is aware that:
1. We own our homes and pay taxes like everyone else. The developer pays taxes on the property.
2. The developer spent millions of dollars on this development (paved roads, water, sewer, curbs, and power) and not the county.
3. The developer may recover his costs in 20-plus years by leasing out lots.
Matheson apparently has a difficult time understanding the difference between a trailer park and land leased property as he uses both terms interchangeably. They are not the same.
Has Matheson or any member of council looked into this development or spoken to any residents? I think they would find residents are very content living in The Crossing. As well, we all contribute to local businesses and support many services, as well as recreational activities offered by West Hants. While many communities are shrinking and going bankrupt, West Hants is benefiting from growth and development. Why would any elected official speak so negatively of economic growth of their community?
Matheson, please explain to us how your remarks benefitted West Hants constituents.
Luci and Jim Wies,