Joanne Rose wants to open dialog with town council on permit issue


Published on March 15, 2017

Joanne and Tom Rose are seen on their property north of Hillier Avenue in this undated photo.

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While a Supreme Court judgment has upheld the Town of Stephenville and the West Newfoundland Regional Appeal Board’s decision in denying a permit application to Joanne and Thomas Rose, Joanne is not ready to give up on the issue.

The decision came on March 8 from Justice Donald H. Burrage of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador Trial Division.

Rose said she is waiting on their lawyer, Michael J. Crosbie, to help them interpret the judge’s findings.

She said as she reads it, the judge acknowledged a municipal plan policy statement (2.3.7) requiring water and sewer services within the town limits.

She said he also acknowledged the Rose family paid for an amendment to the municipal policy plan statement (2.4) stating there can be additional dwellings on Rose Farms Road in accordance with rural residential requirements allowing wells and septic.

Rose said to her there are two contradictory policy statements in the plan and the judgment seems to go on the say the town’s decision to follow 2.3.7 is at the council’s discretion. She feels council could also follow 2.4 at its discretion and allow wells and septic.

“So I think this leaves room for discussion with council to provide a permit to our daughter Jennifer,” she said.

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