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...
Legal Non-Conforming Use in Ontario This is an issue under the zoning by-laws. It is important to note that all zoning by-laws are forward looking. They speak to the future and not the past. They regulate future uses of a property not existing ones. They are prospective not retrospective in nature. They are not retroactive.
So, if you have a present use which is legal, then it may continue forever. But, that entitlement applies to that property and that property alone, no others. If a new zoning by-law is enacted, it will apply only to other properties which do not have the existing and now prohibited use.
$489,000 - Lake Erie 3 bedroom cottage on Hastings Drive with boat ramp is waiting for you. 3 bedroom updated cottage with slate tile floor in spacious eat in kitchen and living room with vaulted ceilings and sky lights as well. Updated 4 pc bathroom with ceramic tile. Enjoy entertaining in your screened in mosquito free 23 x 11 foot porch and listen to the waves. Updated concrete block foundation and new premium shingles replaced in 2017. Concrete shoreline and boat ramp. All furniture and appliances included. And best of all, this area is known as the best sportsman fishing for perch. Get the fryer out.