Battle for Hastings Drive
In December 1985 a storm hit Long Point, located on the north shore of Lake Erie. Some homes were damaged on Hastings Drive and one of them was ours. We were told by the authorities to tear down what remained, that the road would be closed, no rebuilding would be allowed, and the area was re-zoned Hazard Land.
My father wrote to his MP, MPP, and anyone else who would listen about this situation: no insurance pay out, and harrassment for even visiting our property. He eventually gave up ever seeing this situation put right.
In August 2013 we visited our property with our two children to go for a swim. Someone called the police on us and we were asked to leave.
This has to stop. This is our land.
We are calling upon Norfolk County to re-zone this road. It has been over 30 years. Other parts of Long Point, with the same issues as Hastings Drive, were deemed Hazard Land after the storm but have since been re-zoned! The Hazard Land designation is expropriation in all but name.
But it goes beyond money. This land represents much more to us: our childhoods, and our memories, of long lost family, enjoying summers at the beach, exploring and respecting nature, and taking care of our land. It is who we are, and it is where our hearts remain.
Imagine if the people affected by Hurricane Sandy were told they could not rebuild? That they could never again do anything with their land? The County has added insult to the injury of the storm by preventing us from using our land as it was intended. They have callously disregarded us for decades. It is time to right the wrongs.
If you own land and believe you should have some say in what happens to it, please help us get this zoning changed back to what it was. All of Long Point was affected by the 1985 storm, but Hastings Drive continues to be unfairly stigmatized.
Note: The OMB has forced Norfolk County to re-zone other properties in Long Point. It can be done.
A huge thank you to EVERYONE who supported us and continues to support us today.
Anyone who owns property should be concerned that a government can do this. I was very fortunate to have been invited to enjoy your beautiful property, spending time on your beach as a teenager. The wound of losing your lakefront home never did heal, especially with constant harassment and having to prove constantly that you had the right to be on your land. Good luck, dear friend. I hope that this fight that has been ongoing for over 30 years soon is resolved and things are finally put right for you and your family. You've endured so much!