Saugeen Shores Municipal Digest
Town staff will “scale back the language” in proposed changes to the Town of Saugeen Shores bylaw governing its tourist camps in Southampton and Port Elgin after several councillors raised concerns about proposed changes to the 2008 bylaw during an April 12 meeting.
Delegating authority for decision0making, allowing only one car per lot, stricter definitions of family members, and smaller sheds are some of the changes proposed in a staff update debated by Town councillors April 12.
Jayne Jagelewski, the Town’s director of community Services told council the changes are “considered fair and reasonable for the safe operations of the camps, while at the same time providing an enjoyable experience for both transients and seasonal campers.”
The issue of who had authority to tourist camp changes – council or staff – was raised by several councillors including Kristan Shrider who asked if the change would mean staff could “manipulate” rules and regulations in the bylaw.
Town Clerk Linda White said delegating council authority to staff would only occur with minor injuries – like allowing only one picnic table on a site – and council would retain authority for issues of enforcement.
Mayor Luke Charbonneau said, “That may be the intent, but it isn’t what the amendment says – it says ‘Town of Saugeen Shores delegate to staff…” he said, adding giving staff the ability to amend any part of the bylaw “probably goes farther than council might be comfortable with,” Charbonneau said, suggesting staff might “scale back the language” to allow staff to make minor adjustments, and report back to council.
How green is Saugeen Shores? A newly struck Town of Saugeen Shores Environmental Stewardship Ad Hoc Advisory Committee will answer that question to identify opportunities for a greener community.
The three public committee members include former Southampton councillor Diane Huber, Nancy Noble and Taylor White, and the two council representatives are Coun. John Rich and Coun. Cheryl Grace, who will act as chair.
At the April 12 Town of Saugeen Shores council meeting when the composition of the committee was approved, Coun. Grace said she was “really excited” with the opportunities before the new ad hoc committee.
“There’s an ambitious mandate, but, I think, a very important one and I’ve heard from many members of the public – as I’m sure you have – about greenhouse emissions, climate change, single plastic use, maintaining and replenishing the tree canopy, and ether related issues;” Grace said, adding she was looking forward to the work with the committee, Town staff and the public.
The Committee will review existing municipal environmental stewardship programs, assess their effectiveness, and recommend changes where appropriate.
The Committee will also develop achievable recommendations for new municipal environmental initiatives to help the town provide appropriate stewardship for the natural assets and resources in its care, and militate against the effects of climate change in the community.