Friday, March 10th, 2017
Roads – The last words on this topic:
If you have been playing along with this game show you will know we have mentioned several times that there are township by-laws that dictate the quality of an access road condition to any commercial location. Not unreasonably, as we would all expect for us to be able to gain access; that we would expect to be safe; and as a business owner I would expect emergency vehicles to be able to navigate the access road to be able to do what they need to do in the event.
However, from a business owner’s perspective the questions have to be asked of if the road construction requirements are reasonable; cost restrictive; equitable across all situations.
As you will have read previously we have suggested that the existing road construction requirements are cost prohibitive to our progress and this was the key issue we needed to flush out before moving forward.
We have been working with the help of MNBC urban planners who are fluent with the regional by-laws and regulations as well as prior options that have been employed under other circumstances and also with Skelton Brumwell Associates who bring years of experience in their understanding of road construction engineering requirements as well as geological and topographic understandings and how they all marry together.
Since the road issue is a hard stop in some ways, we have been waiting to release this month’s news update because of a scheduled meeting which took place on March 6th as we wanted to share the latest position.
I am able to share now that MHBC is “comfortable there is a way forward”, which is political speak for ‘we have a way forward that can meet everyone’s needs but we have to get final assurances and signatures’.
The last meeting, which the saw Mayor Andrew Letham call in at the end and ask if we had sorted things out, was productive.
The outcome was in deed very productive. The Kawartha Lakes township will be presenting to council an update of their policy of Limited Service Agreements which is in essence what we are proposing for the access road we are looking at. The LSA, although in draft form until they have presented to Council at the end of this month, will suggest that for un-assumed roads the council will be looking for a commitment of maintenance; a minimum standard of construction which would be less than assumed roads; a level of liability assumption for the un-assumed road; and full access for any road user and would not be classed as private. Naturally there will be some serious input from the township legal support to finalize but this in its raw form does offer us a way forward.
Yes, there is some level of risk; not that the shooting facility would not be allowed but that the risk is the level of Limited Service Agreement could be watered down which ultimately changes cost potentials. If that were the case the fallback position is that there is the conversation of building in trigger points in our development to move to higher levels of construction ie 30 cars a day could allow for an initial step of construction and when we get to 100 cars or 300 cars a day then it triggers the next level of build for the roads. This way the cost impact is aligned with our own growth development
The short version from our point of view is that if we are going to present a polished, elevated experience at the shooting range we feel, and have mentioned in the council meeting, that our members experience should begin when they turn onto the road to the facility and no just when they enter the gates. The last thing we want is to have vehicles negotiating pot holes….or suffering a paint chip.
Rest assured though that when we open, you will be able to drive safely and comfortably either in your jacked-up F-150 or your low ride R8
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