Bancroft wants to be made aware of any potential development in Bird’s Creek.

Council has voted in favour of CAO Hazel Lambe’s recommendation to ask for notification about any applications to build in the neighbouring community. Bird’s Creek borders onto Bancroft, but is part of the municipality of Hastings Highlands. This comes after Hastings Highlands Council approved a ‘Bird’s Creek Concept Plan’ last month, which would allow for 18 homes and eight rural lots to go up in the area. Bancroft CAO Hazel Lambe says the town is concerned about large commercial and small retail operations in the neighbouring community.

According to Lambe, large development projects should be built in Bancroft because it already has services, like water and sewer, to meet their needs. Mayor Paul Jenkins also says taxes are high in town because it has these expensive services, so growth is needed to offset that. But, Lambe also says Bancroft doesn’t want to prevent development in communities in North Hastings, so long as it meets the needs of rural areas.

Lambe says if the town is made aware of development in Bird’s Creek, Bancroft Council will have to decide if it wants to object to it.  Ultimately, she wants to see a win-win situation for both communities.

Moose FM reached out to Hastings Highlands CAO Pat Pilgrim about the request, who says it’s still too early to say how the municipality will respond.

Pilgrim also says the municipality will have to be officially made aware of exactly which areas Bancroft wants to know about.