Appeals Board rules in favour of Blue Sky

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Group home permitted on Butler's Road, Marystown

Blue Sky Family Care has won its appeal to open a group home in Marystown.

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n a decision reached today, the Newfoundland Regional Appeal Board reversed an earlier decision by the Town of Marystown, which had denied the application.

Blue Sky Family Care had applied to the town earlier this year to operate a group home at 31-33 Butler’s Road.

Council refused the application in a meeting on June 3, stating the proposed group home was zoned as a residential area and therefore could not be used for commercial use.

However, the Appeal Board found the town's zoning regulations did, in fact, permit such a home in the residential area and reversed the decision.

Organizations: Newfoundland Regional Appeal Board

Geographic location: Marystown, Blue Sky

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  • John
    July 29, 2014 - 16:57

    Two things - I never even realized that this could be done. Secondly, rather than work with the town through it's process first the fact that Blue Sky went to the back door is not acceptable . Exhaust all local appeals prior to going in the back door. Regardless of whether or not you agreed with the Town's decision this represents a lack of respect for local government. If I were the local town I would throw up roadblocks left right and center through regulation. Of course they will throw a blanket over it and say we have to act in the best interests of the kids. I say putting the kids in a residential area where they aren't wanted is a detriment to the kids. There are areas I am sure where they would not mind such a foster care home. Obviously where Blue Sky wants to force its way in isn't one of them. Poor planning on their part.

    • Get your facts straight
      August 01, 2014 - 11:35

      Blue Sky did not go through back doors. They were in contact with the Council. Actually, the approval was through the regulations anyway, already there...so why would you have to get it a second time? Lets put the kids in the woods...forget about them...then when you go to church on Sunday you can pray for them..out of sight, out of mind. Perhaps if you became a Foster Parent these homes would not be needed....ever thought of that?

  • John
    July 29, 2014 - 16:55

    Two things - I never even realized that this could be done. Secondly, rather than work with the town through it's process first the fact that Blue Sky went to the back door is not acceptable . Exhaust all local appeals prior to going in the back door. Regardless of whether or not you agreed with the Town's decision this represents a lack of respect for local government. If I were the local town I would throw up roadblocks left right and center through regulation. Of course they will throw a blanket over it and say we have to act in the best interests of the kids. I say putting the kids in a residential area where they aren't wanted is a detriment to the kids. There are areas I am sure where they would not mind such a foster care home. Obviously where Blue Sky wants to force its way in isn't one of them. Poor planning on their part.

  • Finally!!!
    July 29, 2014 - 15:08

    Finally there is some sense to this situation. These kids are not criminals, but god help them if they need any assistance in the Town of Marystown. Not even the Council will come to their aid, let alone their neighbours! I hope the kids can find some peace in their new surroundings and that the people on that street show some compassion, after all, I am sure that they have perfect families.

  • Finally!!!
    July 29, 2014 - 15:07

    Finally there is some sense to this situation. These kids are not criminals, but god help them if they need any assistance in the Town of Marystown. Not even the Council will come to their aid, let alone their neighbours! I hope the kids can find some peace in their new surroundings and that the people on that street show some compassion, after all, I am sure that they have perfect families.

  • Jim
    July 29, 2014 - 14:47

    Here is the list of complex needs for the children living in group homes as the government contract states: Fetal Alcohol spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Autism, psychiatric/mental health issues, conduct disorder/oppositional defiant disorder, self harming/suicidal ideation, coping with loss and grief, attachment issues, substance abuse and addiction, aggressive and defiant behaviour, running away and sexual exploitation, sexualized behaviour, youth corrections involvement, just to name a few. I feel the public have been lead to believe that these group homes are for foster children. You may now understand why people living in these neighbourhoods are so upset! Would anyone if they had a choice want to live next door to a home like this? Grand Falls has such a home and it is now totally destroyed by the children living there, The inexperienced staff have all quit because they have no control over the children. Residents in Corner Brooke have petitioned the city to remove a group home there because it has caused so much havoc on their street. The government is to blame here. They have taken kids from properly run group homes with trained staff and thrown them to a business that is only worried about profit!! People should speak out about the wrong doing that the government has done to these most vulnerable children!!