A property owner on North Waseosa Lake Road has landed himself in a very untenable situation with the Town of Huntsville’s building and by-law department after contravening his site plan agreement.
Following up on a complaint about the landscaping at this particular location, executive director of Development Services, Mike Gooch visited the lake front property to discover that almost all the mature trees and shoreline vegetation had been removed, and the naturalized ground cover had been ripped out. In its place was a barren swath of mulch and gravel. The ‘after’ pictures look like a textbook chapter on what not to do.
Gooch informed council on Monday night that the department is working with the property owner to restore the lot, including the replanting of the mature trees, and expects the project could cost the owner as much as $50,000. “A site plan agreement is a legal document,” Gooch told council. “People need to realize that.”