The town of Mississippi Mills has published notice of the heritage bylaw which was recently passed which freezes alterations to buildings in the proposed heritage study district for a period of one year.

Heritage bylaw

 

 

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  1. As a downtown heritage property owner, I applaud this bylaw passed by enlightened members of our Town Council – in consultation with provincial heritage expertise that offers clear economic development benefits associated with Heritage Conservation Districts right across the province, including in Towns both larger than and smaller than ours.

    Contrary to facile and/or unscientific statements that “the fish would be more content” (Gallagher) or the “hydro plant addition has nothing to do with the Appleton wetlands as they are already in decline” (Levi), our Town deserves coherent cost-benefit analyses on whether the Enerdu hydro project that inspired this bylaw offers ANY benefits to anyone but its owners. Vague assurances about incomplete building plans that have been rejected by the Town Planner on 7 different points – thank God – don’t count.

    AND, if the serious issues addressed in the highly detailed, citizen-led 76-page scientific report published by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists, can be fixed.

    So no one is put off their food by any further bafflegab on this topic by misguided politicians or their puppetmasters, the MVFN report states that “excessive water levels resulting from Enerdu Power Systems Inc.’s CURRENT hydro operations are drowning towering silver maple trees upstream, and that the PROPOSED ENERDU EXPANSION in Almonte’s heritage district will kill the very species that anchors a wetland older than the Great Pyramids or Stonehenge.”

    Our municipal election can’t come soon enough.

    ShaunForMayor.ca

  2. But Enerdu was not going to start construction this fall. What has this by-law done except inconvenienced the citizens that live in this area? This by-law has absolutely no impact on anything regarding the wetlands. If Shaun McLaughlin would have talked to Jeff regarding this matter, he would have know that. Bad decision by the councillor that put forward this motion and worse decision for those that voted for it!

  3. But Enerdu was not going to start construction this fall. What has this by-law done except inconvenienced the citizens that live in this area? This by-law has absolutely no impact on anything regarding the wetlands. If Shaun McLaughlin would have talked to Jeff regarding this matter, he would have know that. Bad decision by the councillor that put forward this motion and worse decision for those that voted for it!

  4. More (TOTAL, UNADULTERATED) bafflegab! If you’re being paid by the comment you should return the money to sender. If not, you must truly believe people in our community have no brains or memories. Neither is the case. As has been previously pointed out, in the Canadian-Gazette on July 31st, 2014: “They have also submitted the planning and construction report to the Ministry of Natural Resources for review. Campbell says they hope construction will start THIS FALL because they have made a commitment to the town to avoid the busy season. “We will do our best to start something IN THE FALL as we can only do our work when they water is low,” said Campbell. The link, for your reading pleasure, is here: http://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/4729116-enerdu-releases-final-heritage-report/

  5. But with the building permit denied in August, how did you think they would start this fall. The by-law has no use and the people that live in the area know it. Has Enerdu even been granted permission to proceed by the provincial government, NO. With no final plans, no approval from the province and denied building permit, how did anyone think they could proceed this fall?

    People against this project do not believe anything that is said by Enerdu. Why then do you believe when they say construction would start this fall. You’re in the marketing business. Have you never made a statement to the press that did not come true?

    Glad to see the old Nathan back. Attacking the person and not the issue. Why would you say I am being paid by the comment, is than what Shaun is doing with you? Who has the most comments on this site?

  6. But with the building permit denied in August, how did you think they would start this fall. The by-law has no use and the people that live in the area know it. Has Enerdu even been granted permission to proceed by the provincial government, NO. With no final plans, no approval from the province and denied building permit, how did anyone think they could proceed this fall?

    People against this project do not believe anything that is said by Enerdu. Why then do you believe when they say construction would start this fall. You’re in the marketing business. Have you never made a statement to the press that did not come true?

    Glad to see the old Nathan back. Attacking the person and not the issue. Why would you say I am being paid by the comment, is than what Shaun is doing with you? Who has the most comments on this site?

  7. Baffle-baffle-baffle-gab. The issues have all been duly addressed, and your bafflegab laid bare. And no, I am not paid by any political campaign, nor the MFVN, nor the Riverwatchers, nor anyone else I have been helping and/or being helped by to stop this Enerdu nonsense. Nor are the dozens of other talented, committed people being urged on by thousands more. I’d love to take a break from all of this senseless Enerdu nonsense to return to my previously apolitical life, thank-you very much … the truth will set you free …

  8. Very professional, you showed me. Is this the type of response we should expect from Shaun if he were elected. Scares me, really does.

  9. Very professional, you showed me. Is this the type of response we should expect from Shaun if he were elected. Scares me, really does.

  10. Ron Campbell, project manager at Enerdu, stated they had intended to start construction THIS FALL.

    “They have also submitted the planning and construction report to the
    Ministry of Natural Resources for review. Campbell says they hope
    construction will start this fall because they have made a commitment to
    the town to avoid the busy season. “We will do our best to start
    something in the fall as we can only do our work when they water is
    low,” said Campbell.”

    SOURCE: http://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/4729116-enerdu-releases-final-heritage-report/

  11. Ron Campbell, project manager at Enerdu, stated they had intended to start construction THIS FALL.

    “They have also submitted the planning and construction report to the
    Ministry of Natural Resources for review. Campbell says they hope
    construction will start this fall because they have made a commitment to
    the town to avoid the busy season. “We will do our best to start
    something in the fall as we can only do our work when they water is
    low,” said Campbell.”

    SOURCE: http://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/4729116-enerdu-releases-final-heritage-report/

  12. If you owned the business, would you not state in the press “we will try our best”. All I know is that one councillor told me he called Jeff before the vote and asked him man to man if he would start this fall. Jeff answered no. This is how business has been done in Almonte for years, on a man’s word.

  13. If you owned the business, would you not state in the press “we will try our best”. All I know is that one councillor told me he called Jeff before the vote and asked him man to man if he would start this fall. Jeff answered no. This is how business has been done in Almonte for years, on a man’s word.

  14. This excellent heritage district event set for Oct. 15 at the Textile Museum, just in from our Chamber of Commerce. Andrew Jeanes provided great advice on the bylaw, I understand from the enlightened Councillors who worked with him. From the Chamber:

    “Join us for the October Mixer on Wednesday, October 15th at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum for an evening dedicated to history.

    Andrew Jeanes, Culture Services Advisor of the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport, is our guest speaker. He will be speaking to our local businesses on the impact of heritage conservation districts on the business community.

    This is a timely topic. The Town has undertaken a Heritage Conservation District Study for downtown Almonte and the immediate surrounding areas with funding received in part from the Rural Economic Development (RED) Program. Watson MacEwen Teramura Architects has been working on behalf of the Town of Mississippi Mills to undertake this study and is well into the process.

    Mr. Jeanes is well versed in the subject area and will speak to us about the role Heritage Conservation Districts play – in partnership with local businesses – to create thriving neighbourhoods and commercial districts that attract people and investment.

    Of course, the evening will provide lots of time for informal chat, as well as coffee tea and goodies provided by the Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.”

    Full details at: http://www.mississippimills.com/event-1770893

  15. This excellent heritage district event set for Oct. 15 at the Textile Museum, just in from our Chamber of Commerce: Andrew Jeanes provided great advice on our heritage bylaw, I understand from the enlightened Councillors who worked with him. From the Chamber:

    “Join us for the October Mixer on Wednesday, October 15th at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum for an evening dedicated to history.

    Andrew Jeanes, Culture Services Advisor of the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport, is our guest speaker. He will be speaking to our local businesses on the impact of heritage conservation districts on the business community.

    This is a timely topic. The Town has undertaken a Heritage Conservation District Study for downtown Almonte and the immediate surrounding areas with funding received in part from the Rural Economic Development (RED) Program. Watson MacEwen Teramura Architects has been working on behalf of the Town of Mississippi Mills to undertake this study and is well into the process.

    Mr. Jeanes is well versed in the subject area and will speak to us about the role Heritage Conservation Districts play – in partnership with local businesses – to create thriving neighbourhoods and commercial districts that attract people and investment.

    Of course, the evening will provide lots of time for informal chat, as well as coffee tea and goodies provided by the Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.”

    Full details at: http://www.mississippimills.com/event-1770893

  16. Thanks for the endorsement of the event. Andrew Jeanes is worth the price of admission. He is an excellent speaker and has worked with many communities in Eastern Ontario specifically on Heritage Conservation Districts.

    Ontario currently has 113 Heritage Conservation Districts, with more added every year. His presentation explores how communities such as Perth, Port Hope and Seaforth have established heritage conservation districts in their traditional main streets or downtown commercial cores and how this, along with effective incentive programs, has helped revitalize these areas.

    I extend the invitation to anyone interested in the subject.

    http://www.mississippimills.com/event-1770893

  17. Thanks for the endorsement of the event. Andrew Jeanes is worth the price of admission. He is an excellent speaker and has worked with many communities in Eastern Ontario specifically on Heritage Conservation Districts.

    Ontario currently has 113 Heritage Conservation Districts, with more added every year. His presentation explores how communities such as Perth, Port Hope and Seaforth have established heritage conservation districts in their traditional main streets or downtown commercial cores and how this, along with effective incentive programs, has helped revitalize these areas.

    I extend the invitation to anyone interested in the subject.

    http://www.mississippimills.com/event-1770893

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