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Date set for public hearing on Underwood Drive dispute in Windsor

<p>Standing room only in council chambers after more than 40 people came to the special meeting to share their views on turning the end of Underwood Drive into a cul-de-sac. </p>
<p>Standing room only in council chambers after more than 40 people came to the special meeting to share their views on turning the end of Underwood Drive into a cul-de-sac. </p>

WINDSOR – Residents will be able to have their say on the proposed closure of the end of Underwood Drive Sept. 22.  

A public hearing, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the community centre, has been called after a developer said he would remove the existing guardrail to access his property.

“As you saw at the last meeting, it wasn’t a public hearing, but we filled our chambers,” chief executive officer Louis Coutinho said.

It’s possible public hearings on other issues will be lumped in on the same date.

During the council meeting, where council members also announced they would be ending joint council with West Hants, Mayor Paul Beazley gave a statement on amalgamation in the region.

Some of Beazley’s remarks related directly to the Underwood Drive dispute.

“Council has clearly and consistently stated punching through Underwood Drive is not an acceptable option… this is supported by two transportation studies,” Beazley said  July 28. “If more development is to happen in Garlands Crossing, there are options to consider other than pushing through a long-established residential neighbourhood.”

Beazley later said in an interview that the Underwood Drive dispute is a symptom of a developer dealing with two municipal units instead of one.

A public hearing, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the community centre, has been called after a developer said he would remove the existing guardrail to access his property.

“As you saw at the last meeting, it wasn’t a public hearing, but we filled our chambers,” chief executive officer Louis Coutinho said.

It’s possible public hearings on other issues will be lumped in on the same date.

During the council meeting, where council members also announced they would be ending joint council with West Hants, Mayor Paul Beazley gave a statement on amalgamation in the region.

Some of Beazley’s remarks related directly to the Underwood Drive dispute.

“Council has clearly and consistently stated punching through Underwood Drive is not an acceptable option… this is supported by two transportation studies,” Beazley said  July 28. “If more development is to happen in Garlands Crossing, there are options to consider other than pushing through a long-established residential neighbourhood.”

Beazley later said in an interview that the Underwood Drive dispute is a symptom of a developer dealing with two municipal units instead of one.

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