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PUBLIC OPPOSITION TO LESLIE RD COMMUNICATION TOWER. Sue Logan and Tylor Wood on behalf of many. WHO ARE WE?. 600 petition supporters. Viewshed Analysis. Our Goal. Demonstrate proposed site fails to consider best interests of local stakeholders: The Province, HRM, local residents

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Public opposition to leslie rd communication tower

PUBLIC OPPOSITION TO LESLIE RD COMMUNICATION TOWER

Sue Logan and Tylor Wood

on behalf of many


Who are we

WHO ARE WE?

  • 600 petition supporters


Viewshed analysis

Viewshed Analysis


Our goal

Our Goal

  • Demonstrate proposed site fails to consider best interests of local stakeholders:

    • The Province, HRM, local residents

  • Convince HRM to oppose proposed siting, thereby setting precedent for future proposals to better meet interests of all stakeholders


Lawrencetown beach provincial park

Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park

  • Cole Harbour – Lawrencetown Regional Park System

    • Provides recreation for local residents and attract tourists

    • Preserves “valued natural environment areas”

  • Assets presented in HRM Strategic Plan for Lawrencetown:

    • “unique coastal environment”

    • “rural character”

    • “magnificent scenery”

    • “proximity to Halifax-Dartmouth Metropolitan area”

    • “environmentally sensitive marsh and lake systems”


Land use by law for lawrencetown

Land Use By-Law for Lawrencetown

  • Limits on structure size:

    • height 35 ft

    • footprint 4000 ft2

  • Development must not adversely affect residential development


Hrm municipal planning strategy for lawrencetown

HRM Municipal Planning Strategy for Lawrencetown

  • Indicates Lawrencetown Designation mostly comprised of “undeveloped forested land”


Local residents concerns

Local Residents’ Concerns

  • Not compatible with our community

    • Lack of consensus regarding long term health effects

    • Short walk for kids to access and climb the tower and its fencing

    • Hurricane force winds create safety concerns regarding the tower’s close proximity to homes

  • Negative Visual impact


What are others doing

What are Others Doing?

  • Other Canadian locations have planning strategies specific to communication towers

  • Toronto for example, requires:

    • maximizing distance from neighbours

    • avoiding obscuring public views and natural features

    • using monopoles in close proximity to neighbourhoods

    • encouraging property line setbacks of a distance equivalent to tower height

  • Leslie Rd communication tower proposal fails to standup to these requirements

  • Would assume HRM would refer to this and other existing strategies when developing their own


  • Summary

    Summary

    • Eastlink’s proposal fails to consider interests of the Province, HRM, and Leslie Rd residents

      • Is in contrast to Provincial Park investments

      • Does not satisfy land-use bylaws

      • Not supportive of a healthy residential community

      • Not supportive of HRM’s three criteria regarding placement of communication towers: Visual impact, aesthetics, and compatibility with community

    • HRM should not approve the proposed tower

      • Therefore setting precedent for future proposals to consider all stakeholders


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