Sparks fly on Long Point committee

Norfolk County’s attempt to include the public in the decision-making process hasn’t done much to calm strong feelings over the issue of new development on Hastings Drive in Long Point.

Two property owners on Hastings were appointed last year to a technical advisory committee tasked with recommending options for Hastings Drive to Norfolk council. In a scathing letter this week, one of them claims there were serious irregularities with the proceedings.

Hastings cottage owner Mary Weber says she was surprised to arrive at a committee member Oct. 20 only to discover that county planner Mary Elder, a representative of the Ministry of Natural Resources and a representative of the Long Point Region Conservation Authority were holding a “pre-meeting” without her and Hastings property owner Larry Van Severen.

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