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Pointe Estates hearing set for Tuesday morning

Monday, March 10, 2014   by: Darren Taylor

Legal representatives acting on behalf of well-known Sault Ste. Marie contractor and developer Jeff Avery will meet up with members of the Pointes Protection Association (PPA) at an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) pre-hearing, scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday March 11 at the Civic Centre’s Council Chambers.

The OMB pre-hearing is the latest development in a long, controversial-yet-fascinating saga.

For several years, Avery has wished to establish Pointe Estates, a stylish 91-lot subdivision on land south of Pointe Aux Pins Drive, west of Dalgleish Road, north of Alagash Drive and Pointe Louise Drive.

While the land in question is not officially considered “wetlands” by the Ontario government, concerned residents of Pointe Louise Drive have banded together with scientific data (as the Pointes Protection Association) to protest the proposed development, claiming the subdivision could have disastrous consequences to the quality and quantity of the water supply in the area, as well as cause an upheaval for plants and wildlife in the area.

Avery and his legal representatives, supplied with multiple scientific studies of their own, have insisted the proposed development, which has been on the drawing board since the 1980s, poses no threat to the area.

In December 2012, the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (SSMRCA) Board, in a 3-2 recorded vote, approved the proposed subdivision.

The PPA, represented by Sault lawyer Helen Scott, asserted that the SSMRCA Board failed to heed Conservation Authority staff's own environmental concerns regarding Pointe Estates, and failed to live up to its mandate to protect and preserve wetlands in that December 2012 vote.

In spring 2013, Scott informed the Board the matter would be challenged in court.

The matter was taken to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Sudbury by Scott and the PPA, but in October 2013, SooToday.com was informed by Scott: “They (the parties involved) have basically come to an agreement to end the matter.”

In the meantime, the Pointe Estates matter was brought to City Council, and despite a lengthy, carefully considered City staff report recommending approval for the Pointe Estates subdivision, a hesitant City Council rejected it by a recorded vote of 7-4 at a long, gruelling City Council meeting July 15, 2013.

Undeterred, Avery filed an appeal of Council’s decision with the OMB.

Both Jeff Avery and Pointes Protection Association President Peter Gagnon have told SooToday.com in past discussions that they are looking forward to settling the matter in front of the OMB. 

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flyhawk25 3/10/2014 5:24:01 PM Report

Good heavens. Get this over with and move on.They don't want an environmental mess any more than most of us would.
It's called progress. Move on.
CTgasman 3/10/2014 5:24:50 PM Report

Well said flyhawk.
Grump 3/10/2014 6:10:28 PM Report

Jeff and Pat, Good luck.
Grump 3/10/2014 6:10:31 PM Report

Jeff and Pat, Good luck.
Verbatim 3/10/2014 6:11:02 PM Report

No its not called moving on...its always the same shit..rich getting what they want regardless of the consequences or what the vast majority want. In my opinion its only a matter of time when people finally say enough is enough. In europe in the 30's and 40's communists jews and anyone that was considered a parasite would be dealt with harshly. I beleive that the "one percenters" as we call them now will soon fall into that category. I dont think it will end well for them
Wisenheimer 3/10/2014 6:18:17 PM Report

Whoa Verbatim, whoa .. it's just a new subdivision with tax revenues etc.
You'd think the Avery's were Russian storm troopers.

Great news 3/10/2014 9:02:08 PM Report

Meeting is just a formality, OMB always favours the developers, no matter who they are
zeke_1979 3/11/2014 7:56:49 AM Report

The "stormtroopers" were German, not Russian.
dude4975 3/11/2014 8:47:29 AM Report

Let them build what they want,people wanna see trucks moving, people working and jobs created,city gets tax bucks and conservation authority gets paid permits for building which is another government scam and they don"t care money talks,I"ve petioned a few times on other projects where conservation wetlands were involved ,all they want is money so yes let them build we have no rights NO more, we whites should have been all natives !!!
Battler213 3/11/2014 9:01:21 AM Report

I have personally talked with a few residents in the area, and it's a stagnant, mosquito breeding, swamp now. Developing that area would be beneficial to the area.
right wing 3/11/2014 9:10:44 AM Report

Can't wait to hear that this has finally been approved.
devilsadvocate 3/11/2014 11:34:23 AM Report

I live at "the pointe" and while Im not against this development I do have one main concern. This was originally dredged in the 1960's to create what is known as the Alagash canal. It used to have an outlet at the end of Pointe Louise Drive but this filled in with sediment over the years and now only has one inlet at the bridge to Pointe Louise. It is a glorified swamp right now and Im not sure that making the canal longer will make any difference to the water quality in the Alagash, even with pumps to exchange the water as Avery plans. What will likely happen is that the polluted water coming from the new canal will ruin my beach/waterfront. In addition I don't know if the ground/drainage in this area will be able to handle the additional burden of 90 more septic beds. In short, if they can reasonably assure me that this development will not negatively impact my waterfront I say develop away.
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