It was very unfortunate to see an original cottage (pre-1985) at the end of Hastings Drive owned by Christopher Bradley (Long Point Rate Payers' Association Board Member) and his wife Sarah Poole removed after almost two years of being knocked off its timber pile footings in the April 4th, 2018 wind storm (combined with record high water).
Nine months prior to this damaging storm in July, 2017 the Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA) Board approved and expedited shoreline maintenance and protection for all of Long Point which included Hastings Drive (LPRCA Motion A-173/17), due to the ex...
Lesley Andrew: "That rv has now been towed closer to the road."
Hastings Drive in Long Point remains precarious due to record high water levels in Lake Erie. This camping trailer wound up in the drink following a violent wind storm last month. On a positive note, Norfolk council heard this week that recent efforts to fortify breakwaters along county property on Hastings have succeeded in preventing the sand-based road bed from washing out.
The lakeshore areas of Norfolk County experienced heavy flooding twice in the span of a week.
Turkey Point, Long Point and Port Dover all saw high levels of water come in from Lake Erie into the low-lying areas on Thursday night.
Denise Kirby of Long Point had a tough decision to make on Friday morning. Kirby owns a home in Long Point and a business in Port Dover, and she had to decide which she would tend to first.
While moving merchandise off of the floor at Lakeside Décor and Gifts on Harbour St. in Dover, Kirby said she was thankful for the crews that were working early in the morning to help clean up the damage d...
LONG POINT – A property owner in Long Point has chided Norfolk County for being “a terrible neighbour.”
Mary Weber owns cottages on Hastings Drive. At a time of record high water levels in Lake Erie, Weber says it is unacceptable that the county is doing nothing to protect its shoreline on Hastings from wave erosion.
At the July 2 meeting of Norfolk council, Weber said private property owners on Hastings have buffered the shoreline and – as a result – are protecting their land from erosion. More importantly, Weber says their vigilance is keeping Hastings Drive passable for vehicular traffic.
Here is Long Point described through pictures over the last three years (2017-2019):
You all know what Hastings looks like due to it's constant media attention. So to answer the question, the difference between Long Point and Hastings Drive is... NOTHING. Both are susceptible to erosion in extreme high water and wind events if no shoreline protection is present.
Where I struggle with all of this, is the expectation I have of a community as a whole to advocate for private property rights for all within. The Long Point Ratepayers' Association (LPRA) was established in 1961 for the purpos...
Norfolk OPP released a photo and video of a man suspected of setting fire early Wednesday morning to a home on Hastings Drive in Long Point.
Police and firefighters responded to the fire just before 1 a.m. The home’s owner was asleep at the time. He woke up, ran outside and called 911. He then used buckets of water to extinguish the flames. Damage to the home is estimated at about $35,000.
Police said the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office has been notified.
Anyone with information about the fire or the suspect is asked to contact Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
In the last two months Hastings Drive has been closed by Norfolk County a total of 3 times, for approximately a week each time, as shown in the timeline below. Most of these closures line up with the LPRCA's flood watch warnings in effect for areas near the shoreline of Lake Erie. Yet, through local residents and live webcams on our family property located midway down Hastings Drive, none of these recent closures are at all close to the condition stated by the County. The actual condition of Hastings Drive during these time periods is very much to the contrary of these statements, with absolutely no hazards pre...
A court decision will ultimately decide the fate of whether or not trailers will be allowed on Hastings Drive.
Last year, an O-M-B hearing stated that trailers were not allowed on the controversial stretch of land in Long Point, but Mayor Kristal Chopp questioned this believing that trailers which were on the property before the decision should be considered legal nonconforming.
Deputations were made on Tuesday asking that trailers be allowed to remain on the property as legal nonconforming before the ruling was made.
Councilor Tom Masschaele put forward motion after the deputations that stated that the Norfolk County...
Norfolk County council is taking a wait and see approach to the situation on Hastings Drive in Long Point.
Property owner Mary Weber made a public deputation to council on Tuesday asking for those who own vacant lots on the 3.2 kilometre strip of land be able to park trailers and RVs on their properties.
The land that sits on the shore of the Inner Bay was home to a number of cottages before a large storm in 1985 wrecked and damaged several structures. Fearing another weather event would endanger the structures and people in them, the Haldimand-Norfolk Region imposed a hazardous land designation.
With the recent Norfolk Today article published February 4, 2019 trailer use on Hastings Drive will once again be discussed at Council in the near future and hopefully have a quick resolution. In the article, "Mayor Chopp believes these trailers that were sitting on the property before the ruling should stay as a legal non-conforming use just like the cottages on the land."
Our Hastings family property (est. 1947) and some other families have legally established many uses prior to 1985 when there was almost no restrictions on reasonable enjoyment of ones land use and continued them forward to present day....
"Great things never came from comfort zones. Change nothing and nothing changes.
Your Honour, Pastor, Councilors, Staff members, Friends, and Citizens of Norfolk, I am deeply honoured to welcome all of you here today. Well this was truly a municipal election for the history books – despite the fact that they are arguably the ones that people should pay the most attention to since they affect our everyday lives most directly, getting people engaged in Municipal politics can often be challenging at best and so I think it speaks volumes of our community’s engagement when th...
Norfolk County is cracking down on Hastings Drive in Long Point.
Many landowners on the controversial stretch of land are facing charges due to zoning bylaw violations. Their punishment will be decided on December 10th in a Simcoe Court. While the county confirmed those details, they could not confirm how many people were facing charges. With that, we have received messages from listeners saying that potentially over a dozen individuals were charged and it was about having trailers on their property.
The Ontario Municipal Board ruled back in April that the lands could only be used for day use and trailers were not to...
You may have noticed I’ve used quotations around “vacant lot” when doing past blog posts regarding my family property located on Hastings Drive. The reason for this, is my family and I have never felt our property was “vacant”, and don’t feel this is the proper word to be used when referencing it or others similar along Hastings Drive. The first word that comes to my mind when I think of a “vacant lot” is abandoned and that has never occurred on our family lot.
Surprisingly, it has been very difficult to find any official definition for a “Vacant Lot” in the Norfolk County Official Plan, Ontario...