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Network to discuss McFarland Home property development

Some neighbours, residents and family of residents at the McFarland Home met with two members of the planning department on Dec. 13. Under discussion was the rezoning required for a go-ahead to development, and specifically to the proposal presented to council and staff by the Nautical Lands Group who build residences across Ontario.

Community members voiced their misgivings about the hastiness of the process to green light the proposal, with very little community input being sought in an interested way. Perhaps proponents of the land sale failed to notice it was the holidy season – not an ideal time for most people to ramp up their civic engagement activities?

A core group has managed to attend the meetings and voice their concerns. They are initiating an information sharing and discussion network, the purpose being to explore preferred options, then clearly and strategically convey them to council and the rest of the community.

If you would like to participate in this network, contact Jan Welbanks at 613 399 1616 or email or Renia Tyminski at

With sufficient community consultation throughout the process, we believe the County can benefit from an intelligently planned development that will enhance the property adn give the municipality something to be admired. Moreover, McFarland can remain a place that County residents can look to as a truly welcome prospect for themselves and their family members.

Renia Tyminski

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  1. Mark says:

    They say the raises are required so the County can be competitive with other employers. Truth of the matter is that very few professionals even consider the County as a preferred employer unless they have absolutely no other options. You see the culture of Shire Hall is well known in the municipal ranks.

  2. m york says:

    I just heard on the radio this morning that Council is going to slow down a bit on the McFarland project. Yes it will carry on but the taxpayers voiced great concern that things seemed to of been rushed through which in turn has created a lot of uneasy feelings. Also I just learned that after all the restructuring the County has done and the services and jobs that were cut the Non-Union staff are getting raises. The County is broke (or so they say) but managers,supervisors,etc. are getting raises? How to hell do you justify this?

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