The criticism of the provincial government’s response — and the amount of time it took to get it — on the Humber Valley Regional Land-Use Plan continued this weekend.
When the Great Humber Joint Council met in Irishtown-Summerside Saturday, Pasadena Mayor Otto Goulding spoke about the recommendations Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Kent put to the authority.
He is disappointed with the response which was sent to the committee, which he said he thought no longer existed, through chair Down Downer more than three years after the draft plan was submitted.
“We sat on a committee with government agencies on it, and they were OK with it then and this committee sent it into government,” Goulding said. “Then government comes back with three or four pages telling us what was wrong with it ... that it did not meet the approval of the various government departments.”
Joint council chair Roger Barrett, mayor of Reidville, said more than half of the members of the original committee are no longer municipal representatives. He said the process now has to be reviewed by a new committee, many of whom are not even familiar with what was previously done.
“Now, they have come up with this idea of trying to do something with it after the fact,” he said. “We will have a meeting on it in April and I am now trying to remember everything we did and why we made those decisions. I don’t know where it is going to go.”