The Department of Environment and Conservation had very little response Tuesday to criticism from the Corner Brook mayor pertaining to the release of Crown land.
During Monday’s public meeting of council, Charles Pender was highly critical of the provincial department about delays in applications with respect to Crown land the city is waiting on for development and infrastructure projects.
Environment and Conservation Minister Joan Shea was not made available despite a request for an interview. The department did issue a brief statement in response.
“The Department of Environment and Conservation has a regional lands office located in Corner Brook and officials are available to meet with the City of Corner Brook to address concerns or answer questions on current applications or on Crown lands issues generally to ensure applications are processed as quickly as possible,” the email statement read.
No further information or response was given.
Crown lands is a provincial resource managed and administered by the province on behalf of citizens of the province, the email also stated.
Pender said it is frustrating having housing and infrastructure projects held up by delays in applications for the release of Crown lands in Corner Brook. He said some applications have been delayed up to a year.