May 13, 2013
Stephen Stirling, Town Planner, Mississippi Mills
I am writing with great concern regarding a proposed zoning change of a 300 acre property in Cedar Hill to allow for a “Firearms Training Facility.” This property is within a kilometer of our home. Consider this letter my official opposition of the proposed zoning by-law amendment.
I am not an expert in firearms, nor one in audiology, the environment or land use planning. My interests and work are in community development and the creation of inclusive, healthy, active and welcoming communities; communities that recognize the nurturing effect for citizens of all ages and abilities that comes from quality of life.
I am resentful that neighbours are pressed to rise up to protect our quality of place. This application for a zoning change forces residents to become experts in all of the aforementioned disciplines. Anecdotal stories about our connection to, and love for, Cedar Hill, its nature, the quiet, and sense of community will compete for attention with decibel levels, the lead content of bullets, hours and days of operation, and other “tangible” things.
Our Community Official Plan is a “road map” for Mississippi Mills developed by staff, outside experts, and council in consultation with citizens. Allowing this exception in land use to proceed constitutes a serious new direction for Mississippi Mills. Is this a “not in my back yard” (NIMBY) issue? It sure is! Mississippi Mills is the back yard of us all.
Please stay the course, follow the map, and keep us out of the ditch.