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Deer Lake officials received word that they will be able to utilize at least two of three tracts of land for expansion of the town's industrial park.
Acquisition of Crown Land a step forward for business expansion
DEER LAKE Town officials looking to acquire Crown land to help with Deer Lake’s business expansion got some good news when they met with provincial minister of Environment and Conservation Tom Hedderson last week.
Of the three pieces of land between the existing industrial park off Old Bonne Bay Road and the Deer Lake Regional Airport exit on the highway, two of them have seen applications for use frozen until the matter between the province and the town has been resolved.
What that means is that requests from any other applicant will not be looked at, meaning Deer Lake should get two of those parcels to use for expansion.
Deer Lake Mayor Dean Ball said it’s a good first step in expanding the current industrial park, which ran out of room since infrastructure was completed two years ago.
“If someone else comes looking for Crown land, we’ve frozen applications from any other applicant,” said Ball. “That third piece is a necessity, but this is positive news for us.”
Ball said the town should hear a decision on the third piece of land within six months. He said the new council, which will be voted in on Sept. 24, will have the plans for the new area to deal with as its first issue.
Council members have been complaining about what they see as being ignored by the province in their requests for Crown land use.
The issue arose in 2011 when the town began experiencing a growth spurt led mainly by the completion of its industrial park and the expansion of the nearby Deer Lake Regional Airport.