I agree with Bob Bader in his March 2 letter in The Lake Report, “What is the purpose of municipal zoning bylaws?“).
My mind generally goes to simplicity and it does not figure on all the complex issues involved in bylaws.
However, when an application is submitted and it does not comply with a major bylaw, then the application should and must get denied until it complies with the bylaws. Period.
Otherwise what good are bylaws if they can be broken (especially if the applicant has the money and clout to submit it in the first place).
As ordinary citizens of Niagara-on-the-Lake, we do not get away with breaking bylaws.
I only trust that this new council will start at the bottom and conduct business totally within the bylaws and all other financial and town matters. No cheating and doing favours for those you know and like, or those who can further your careers.
Let’s try and make these tribunal hearings a thing of the past.
Can we strive to be known as the most honest and bylaw-abiding council in Niagara-on-the-Lake? Everything would then become much simpler.