Copy of a letter to Brad Cathers, minister, Energy, Mines and Resources, re Yukon government’s July 2012 questionnaire on subdivision of existing private lots in the Hamlet of Mount Lorne:
Dear Mr. Cathers;
The Council for the Hamlet of Mount Lorne would like to clearly state its position regarding the Yukon government’s July 2012 questionnaire on subdivision of existing private lots in the Hamlet of Mount Lorne through the following points:
1. The council still contends that a full review of the Local Area Plan and Zoning Regulations must occur prior to subdivision of private lots or the creation of any new lots by the Yukon government within the hamlet. This position was clearly supported in the hamlet-sponsored 2011 Property Owner Opinion Survey where 69 per cent of respondents endorsed this full review requirement.
2. For the results of the Yukon government 2012 subdivision questionnaire to be considered valid and truly representative of the desires of the hamlet residents, it is essential that the Yukon government questionnaire’s response rate should meet or exceed 71 per cent, as obtained in the hamlet’s 2011 Property Owner Opinion Survey.
3. Even if hamlet residents should, via this current Yukon government questionnaire, support subdivision of existing private land, the Yukon government must not assume that it may immediately proceed with development of what will effectively become a large, possibly 140-lot, country-residential subdivision on the McGowan lands and the adjacent Yukon government residential reserve.
4. The council’s position is that the McGowan and reserve development must be dealt with as a separate issue. Hamlet residents must be allowed to respond to, and guide the planning of this possible future development separate from the issues of subdivision of existing private lots and the reduction to the current minimum lot size that is required before existing private lots can be subdivided.
Peter W. Percival
Chair, Hamlet of Mount Lorne Local Advisory Council