P.E.I. politicians see Hamptons's mystery development, residents don't

Nigel Armstrong
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Sandy Foy, left, prepares to speak to a standing-room-only crowd at Bites Café in Hampton. Residents of the area suspect that some large-scale development is planned for the unincorporated area, but can't find out what it is. Foy spoke of his successful appeal against existing development activity in the same area.

MLA Valerie Dochety says proposal likely good for area, but she can't break developer's trust right now

A mystery development that some politicians know about but residents don't, drew almost 200 people to a meeting in Hampton Wednesday night.

Along the TransCanada highway just west of the bitter Plan B fight lie the unincorporated communities of DeSable and Hampton.

Residents there started to realize that someone was assembling land and rumours are swirling about what might be planned for waterfront land overlooking the Northumberland Strait.

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Area resident Marion Copleston has tried to research what is afoot and told the meeting she figures that some 200 acres and maybe as many as 500 have been bought by a developer.

Development rules are slack to non-existent for areas without a local official plan, the meeting heard.

It has area MLA Valerie Docherty in a tough position, as she explained to the generally polite and attentive crowd.

She said she has seen the proposed development plan, but only on condition that she not reveal details.

There is no official application at government so the project is preliminary, she said.

"I have constituents who, they believe, have the right to sell their land," she said.

Much of the land in this proposal is agriculture, she said.

"Farmers own it. This is their pension," said Docherty.

"I also have constituents that have chosen to live in this area. They are concerned about what is going to happen in their area.

"Then I have a situation where a private developer is putting together a proposal for what could be some very good economic development for this area."

Docherty said her role is to listen and take concerns forward to the different groups.

She told the developer that he should attend this meeting or send a written statement. Neither happened and Docherty said she is disappointed at that, and plans to tell the developer so.

"We have the potential for something good here," she said. "Between errors made by staff in government as well as a developer moving a little bit faster than we would prefer in Prince Edward Island, he has actually started off on the wrong foot.

"Tonight would have been an opportunity for him to try to begin to make amends," said Docherty.

The issue of whether to incorporate the area to create an official development plan was debated at the meeting.

Docherty told the meeting she consistently hears from people who don't want to be told what they can or can't do with their land.






Organizations: TransCanada

Geographic location: Hampton, DeSable, Prince Edward Island

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  • john john
    May 03, 2014 - 08:08

    Docherty said: ''Farmers own it. This is their pension.'' Knowing that Val's hubbie is a big farmer (didn't he get charged with crop rotation violations last year?), I'm sure we all know which side of the fence she's on. Even if the majority of her constituents want land use planning, she won't support it, because she and hubbie have big plans to subdivide their property. And you'll never see the Ghiz gov't or any other gov't bring in land use planning because too many FARMERS are elected and hold a disproportionate level of political power. I can't stand these millionaire farmers wanting to keep everything deregulated for their land, but wanting to regulate the he77 out of everything else. The only reason we have gas price regulation in PEI is because of whiny farmers. I could go on and on and on but I really don't give a rat's behind about rural areas and I just hope that it all gets paved over.

  • Lives in the area
    May 02, 2014 - 08:16

    There were certainly a healthy number of Plan B opponents in the crowd and only a few of them live here. Their message is always the same - don't develop anything and please don't hire anyone but give us more welfare.

  • bring it on
    May 01, 2014 - 18:44

    This could provide a lot of jobs and keep the boys home for a couple of years instead of having to fly to FOrt Mac every few weeks. I say bring it on. This province needs more subdivisions and houses and developments like this. All this wasted land in the coutnryside that could actually be creating wealth for this province and increasing the tax base. Ppl want to visit PEi for time shares etc. but don't want to own and maintain property outright - more as a condo set up. Something like that in Hampton or Desable would work quite well. The ones against this are come from aways who just want to keep it all ''pristine'' so they can protect their little pad. Hypocrites - they weren't so opposed to property development when their houses were being built, were they?

  • Craig
    May 01, 2014 - 18:18

    If you plan on buying land on pei make sure you contact everyone in the community before you buy and tell them what you are going to do with that land and get the ok 1st! Sounds like a logical way to do business and maybe if your lucky someone you talk to will buy the land before you seal the deal! Surprising companies are not lining up to come here.

  • We'll soon
    May 01, 2014 - 12:20

    We'll soon find out why they put in Plan B. Perhaps connected to this 'development'?

  • Justin
    May 01, 2014 - 12:14

    The MLA should not have said she knows what is going on but can't tell anyone. She should have stayed out of this issue until the developers decide to tell the public. But really why do people think they should be told what private citizens may do in business. The developers don't have to disclose anything until they decide to move forward and then there is lots of opportunity for people to voice their concerns or opposition. If the neighbors are so concerned then why did they not do something already. On one hand people want development and business but on the other they think they should have access to all information of a private citizen( the developer) but have no vested interest and certainly NO money on the table. PEI looks like more and more it is becoming a province of OLD BUSY BODIES.

  • Serious Reader
    May 01, 2014 - 10:16

    Whatever it is will have to be made public at some point... However I am more concerned over the fact that a Gov't Minister thinks she has the right to "hide" behind a pinky swear to one person but does not have the same respect for the people that she represents in this sad excuse for a gov't. She has made more mistakes in the last few months than I care to count...I'd say she needs a new job. Lobster factories are hiring Valerie get your name in there....sad sad sad!!!

  • walter
    May 01, 2014 - 07:47

    Islander have been satisfied to let Premier after Premier neglect a proper land use plan, - so folks, the chickens have come home to roost. Enjoy the view of the water while you can, - thanks to Ghiz and inactive MLA's every fine view will be destroyed, as the dim wits is killing the Golden Goose (tourism). Don't cry now, - we are all sleeping in the bed we made by our own inaction and voting pattern.

  • Willie Wonka
    May 01, 2014 - 07:41

    Finally heard it confirmed through Facebook that it is definitely going to be a mountain climbing resort for senior citizens. Bring it on!!

  • Donna Furlotte
    May 01, 2014 - 06:53

    Just a guess...."Wind turbines"

  • Idol gossip
    May 01, 2014 - 06:53

    Everyone needs to calm down there is nothing to talk about, no permit has been taken out. The rumor mill is spinning fast. All the crazy ideas being put out there. It has been a long winter and people got bored so are making some news. Let the development happen in this area, it will be good. And stop gossiping. Until you see the permit and hear the new from the "horses mouth"

    • Sure
      May 01, 2014 - 07:44

      So says the developer shill.

    • Idol gossip
      May 01, 2014 - 09:12

      I live close in the area, and do not know the developer, I however know that anything is better then looking at the plant falling down. I supprot them 100% even though I have no idea what it may be.

    • Don
      May 01, 2014 - 11:36

      What's most significant about this issue in Hampton is that the government of PEI does not have guidelines or land use plans for the province (other than C-Town, Summerside and Cavendish) - c'mon guys get with it! Also make sure they include adequate public consultation.

  • Ski bum
    May 01, 2014 - 05:32

    Supposedly a skiing resort some where's in the mix that will put Brookvale out of business.

  • Trust Issue
    April 30, 2014 - 23:36

    She cannot break the developers trust but the government has no issue breaking the trust of Islanders appears to be no issue to her and her fellow MLAs.