- Although Doucet resides in Memramcook, he said he hears and feels blasts from the current quarry while working from home.
- Megan Mitton, MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar, has promised them and other residents who are opposed to the project aid.
Residents of Calhoun, New Brunswick, a small town about 30 kilometers east of Moncton, are urging the provincial govt to reverse a rezoning decision that will enable a rock quarry to be built in the middle of their residential hamlet.
Pierre Doucet began speaking out against the project after his mother, who lives near the site, received notification in May 2021 that a vast expanse of woodland near her home had been rezoned for “intense resource development.”
“In this location, there are already four quarries.” There are two on the same road thirty seconds down the road (from the intended site). “There are two more a minute down the roadway,” he claimed.
Although Doucet lives in adjacent Memramcook, he said he frequently hears and feels blasts from the existing quarry while working from home.
“Imagine how individuals in these homes near the quarry would feel,” he added.
He and other residents are concerned about increased traffic on the tiny road leading to the site, property values, and environmental effects, among other things.
Thomas Mackenzie, 17, lives a few homes down the road from his grandparents, who live directly across the street from the acreage.
He has signed two petitions opposing the change and has participated in neighborhood meetings.
He told Global News on Friday, “I can’t convey how it leaves me feeling that this was still let pass despite the massive negative response to it.”
Megan Mitton, MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar, has offered assistance to them and other residents who are adamantly opposed to the idea.
“It goes against the planners who reviewed this,” she said on Friday, referring to a 2021 report in which the Southeast Planning Review, as well as the Adjustment Committee, recommended that the rezoning request be denied by the Minister of Local Governance and Government Reform.
“The planner advised against it. Hundreds of signatures have been collected, some of which I have submitted to the Legislature, as well as innumerable letters and emails. Except for (Local Governance Minister Daniel Allain), everyone has been against it.”
On Friday, Minister Allain did not reply to demands for comment.
Mackenzie is dissatisfied with what he perceives as a lack of respect for his neighborhood.
“When people go down this road, they don’t view it the way I do. They regard it not as a community, but as a resource deposit that is difficult to deal with.”
Source: Global News
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