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Witless Bay votes for previous council’s town plan


Witless Bay residents have overwhelmingly voted in favour of a town plan brought in by the town’s previous council.

Thursday’s plebiscite, imposed by the provincial government to jumpstart adoption of a plan that had been stymied by infighting and allegations of conflict of interest on council, saw residents vote for a plan put forth in May 2013.

Before that plan was adopted, however, the mayor and council elected in the fall of the year put forth a different version they argued did more to address environmental concerns and water supply in the town. Proponents of the previous plan argued the new version was too restrictive of development.

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There were 331 votes cast for the May 2013 plan (version A) and 142 for the December 2014 one (version B), with one spoiled ballot. Former chief electoral officer Wayne Green oversaw the plebiscite.

The May 2013 plan now begins the adoption process, which includes appointing a commissioner to conduct a public hearing on the plan. The commissioner will then provide a report on the feedback from residents and other interested parties, which will make recommendations about the plan.

 

dmaceachern@thetelegram.com, Twitter: @DanMacEachern

Thursday’s plebiscite, imposed by the provincial government to jumpstart adoption of a plan that had been stymied by infighting and allegations of conflict of interest on council, saw residents vote for a plan put forth in May 2013.

Before that plan was adopted, however, the mayor and council elected in the fall of the year put forth a different version they argued did more to address environmental concerns and water supply in the town. Proponents of the previous plan argued the new version was too restrictive of development.

Related story

Timing of plebiscite stinks to high heaven: Witless Bay residents’ association

There were 331 votes cast for the May 2013 plan (version A) and 142 for the December 2014 one (version B), with one spoiled ballot. Former chief electoral officer Wayne Green oversaw the plebiscite.

The May 2013 plan now begins the adoption process, which includes appointing a commissioner to conduct a public hearing on the plan. The commissioner will then provide a report on the feedback from residents and other interested parties, which will make recommendations about the plan.

 

dmaceachern@thetelegram.com, Twitter: @DanMacEachern

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