|As we noted in the January
14 Naturist Legacy News Update, "We have been in communication with
of Brokenhead since before we purchased our property. We continue to
communicate with them." We now have some additional news to report on that
Naturist Legacy Inc. was invited to appear before the Brokenhead
River Planning District Board. We were asked to make a formal presentation
with regard to our intentions for the use and development of our new land.
We prepared carefully for this meeting. We consulted extensively with a
small group of our members who we felt were uniquely qualified to help
us craft our presentation.
John [Kundert], Mark B. and John L. appeared before the Planning Board
on behalf of Naturist Legacy Inc. on Thursday, January 27. The meeting
was cordial from beginning to end. We were complimented on the quality
of our presentation. Though the outcome of the meeting was neither the
best that we had hoped for nor the worst that we had feared, all three
of us detected what we interpret as a willingness on the part of Board
members to be helpful.
We were in front of the Planning Board for a full hour. John [Kundert]
had prepared information booklets for everyone. Mark did most of the talking.
Members of the Planning Board asked us many questions after our presentation
and we, in turn, asked many questions of them. The real sticking point
was as we expected it to be — camping trailers. Because of the small
number of trailers involved, we were hoping for a simple accommodation
by the Board, but no matter which way we tried to explain our circumstances,
they could see no other way to interpret our plans except as a campground.
Their firm recommendation after a considerable amount of discussion was
that we file a Conditional
Use application that would allow us to actually build and operate a
campground (something that is allowed under our current zoning).
John [Kundert] and Mark formally filed that application in person at
the RM offices on Monday, January 31st. We have been told that our application
will be heard by the RM of Brokenhead Council in early March. Conditional
Use applications can be granted, rejected, or granted with restrictions
by council after a public hearing. There is no appeal process. The RM will
notify our immediate neighbours by mail (those within 100 meters of our
property) about the upcoming Conditional Use hearing. We were warned that
there will likely be at least some objections to our application. Such
opposition — sometimes legitimate but often just meddlesome and without
merit — is apparently a fairly routine occurrence at hearings of this
kind. Our job over the next few weeks will be to prepare as best we can
to answer any and all conceivable objections.
We mentioned the importance of "diplomatic consultations" in our last
News Update. What we have related above has been exactly that. We believe
that our appearance before the Planning Board and our several visits with
the RM's chief development officer have been valuable relationship-building
efforts that will serve us well going forward.
We DO NOT encourage members to personally contact the RM of Brokenhead
or its council members at this time. We understand that some may wish to
show support for our Conditional Use application. We have learned, however,
that sometimes letters, e-mail messages and phone calls from non-residents
can actually hurt a cause rather than help it, and so we are choosing to
exercise caution. We are asking all members for their cooperation in this
regard. We will advise you if circumstances change.
Members who have questions or concerns about these recent developments
are encouraged to contact us....
This newsletter is the non-members edition. Last names, addresses, phone
numbers, locations, etc. have been omitted in order to preserve the confidentiality
of active members.