Stop Development of Johnston Point on Loughborough Lake, North of Kingston, Ontario.
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We, the people of Ontario, are committed to the protection and recovery of species at risk at Johnston Point, through the preservation of their Natural Heritage environment, as legally mandated by Ontario’s Endangered Species Act and set forth in the Provincial Policy Statement, and in keeping with the concerns of the citizens of South Frontenac brought forward to the OMB on April 4, 2016.
Recognizing that six species at risk on the Ontario list have been independently documented on Johnston Point by expert independent investigations that were not previously identified by this Developer - Butternut (endangered), Myotis Bat (endangered), Blanding’s Turtle (threatened), Gray Ratsnake (threatened), Eastern Whippoorwill (threatened) and, Snapping Turtle (special concern), and
Recognizing that Johnston Point’s species at risk are contained in an area treasured and acclaimed for its many provincially significant and international Natural Heritage designations - Provincially Significant Wetland, Provincially Significant Woodland, Provincially Significant Wildlife Habitat and Fish Habitat, and part of the Frontenac Arch, a United Nations (UNESCO) World Biosphere Reserve – and is an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest identified and recommended for protection by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources (MNRF) in 1993, and
Recognizing that the OMB granted approval conditionally prior to, but on condition of, an MNRF assessment this proposal, specifically through a species at risk lens, and that the MNRF has now assessed the Conditions of Draft Plan Approval and deemed that the Plan of Condominium as written and presented to the OMB, Frontenac County and South Frontenac Township will likely contravene sections 9 and 10 of the ESA (species and habitat protection) and WILL have negative impacts on the natural features and ecological functions that under the Provincial Policy Statement DO NOT PERMIT development or site alteration, and
Recognizing that extensive, unauthorized site alteration has occurred prior to the MNRF assessment of the proposal, and that this site alteration has caused significant damage and destruction of the natural features on Johnston Point so that sections 9 and 10 of the ESA, for species and habitat protection may have already been contravened, and
Recognizing that the species at risk on this unique piece of Ontario’s natural heritage have NOT been duly addressed and safeguarded, because of omissions and oversights in the proponent’s environmental assessments, the proponent’s failure to follow due process to obtain MNRF approvals and authorizations, and/or authorities incapacity to oversee the conditions of draft plan approval and monitor developer compliance, and
Recognizing that lots are being advertised without benefit permit authorization, and with unsuspecting buyers unaware of restrictions and implications imposed under the Endangered Species Act,
On the Subject of the Magenta Waterfront Development Corp. Permit for activities with conditions to achieve overall benefit to the species - ESA s.17(2)(c); ER notice number 013-1130,
We, the following people of Ontario, respectfully ask that despite the fact that the MNRF has never denied an ESA permit to any applicant, and especially since there is no appeal process, that any, and all benefit permits relating to the Plan of Condominium at Johnston Point be denied.
We strongly feel that denial of this benefit permit is important to all the people of Ontario as it will not specifically benefit the species at risk locally, on site, or provincially, and it is not in keeping with our rights under the Environmental Bill of Rights or the MNRF’s Statement of Environmental Values (SEV) under which this decision must be considered.
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