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Egan: After $700,000 spent on dream home, wetlands freeze leaves them high and dry

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In 2017, they built their dream home, on a seemingly ideal country lot — 3.6 acres ringed by trees, with a pond and wetland at the rear, where the deer and the waterfowl played. They moved into the 2,000 sq.-ft. home on the outskirts of Carp, off Richardson Side Road, on Aug. 31 that year. Only a month later, on Oct. 1 — with the paint barely dry — the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority enacted new regulations covering smaller wetlands, anything larger than 1.2 acres, rules that came with significant land-use limitations.Their dream property, a $700,000 investment, was now in handcuffs. Yet they were in the dark. Lianne White and John Robinson say they were never informed of the impending restrictions, not by the city of Ottawa that approved the subdivision and provided the building permit, not by the real estate agent or lawyer, not by the building inspector or builder, not by the MVCA.

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