Campground proprietors fined for not having permits

Gary Kean
Published on August 15, 2014

The project may be good to go now, but the owners of Pine Ridge Cabins and Campgrounds will have to pay a fine of $500 for starting to rebuild their lodge without having all of the proper permits and approvals in place first.

The main building at the popular campground site burned down after an electrical fire in April 2013.

Earlier this year, the company under which the park is registered was charged with offences under the Urban and Rural Planning Act. The company entered a guilty plea to one charge and two others were withdrawn by the Crown.

The company was represented by lawyer Jonathan Andrews when the matter was called for facts and sentencing before Judge Kymil Howe in provincial court in Corner Brook Thursday.

According to the facts read into the record by Crown attorney John Noseworthy, Derm and Penny Piercey of Massey Drive operate the campground under the registered company Brant Holdings Inc. They set about replacing the structure last summer.

The company made application for various permits and approvals from the Town of Pasadena and also from several provincial government agencies. However, work was commenced before all of the documentation was in order.

The project did have approval from the municipality, but the fact not all of the permits and approvals from the provincial government had been issued led to a stop-work order. The court heard that, on at least three occasions, provincial environmental protection officials observed work continuing in defiance of the stop-work order.

By the time charges were filed, the foundation was built and walls had been erected.

Andrews told the court there was some confusion about the types of documentation required to start and continue the project. Noseworthy acknowledged the confusion and said the fact all the authorities now appear to be satisfied was a mitigating factor.

Howe accepted the Crown’s suggestion of the a $500 fine, which the defence also had no problem with. The judge did mention that developers must realize the importance of abiding by all regulatory requirements, which she noted are in place to protect the environment and people’s safety and to ensure new buildings meet prescribed standards.