St. John’s city council voted unanimously Monday to rezone an area of
Mount Cashel Road to allow the construction of a 27-unit townhouse condominium.
Coun. Gerry Colbert, who chaired a public hearing on the proposal by KMK Properties Inc. Aug. 14, told council Monday while there wasn’t a big turnout, the seven residents who did show up shared their concerns about the project.
“The biggest was traffic, and having lived in the area I know Mount Cashel Road does have some challenges with respect to traffic,” he said.
“There may be two or three houses where it will create shadowing or loss of a view plane, but putting it all together there are no issues from the traffic study, there is more than ample parking. It’s creating density as opposed to sprawling it out, it is a good development for Mount Cashel Road, and snowclearing and garbage was addressed,” Colbert told council.
The project to be constructed on vacant land between 12-20 Mount Cashel Rd., will include executive town homes with nine-foot ceilings and attached garages.
Prices will range from $380,000-$400,000 and will have 63 parking spaces for the 27 units.
According to a memo from Ken O’Brien, chief municipal planner, the KMK application has merit.
“It proposes to develop vacant urban land in an established neighbourhood where there are municipal water and sewer services as well as relatively close shopping and commercial services.
“The application would increase the residential density of the neighbourhood. The alternative to this development would be to allow a small number of houses with frontage on Mount Cashel Road with very deep lots,” O’Brien wrote.
Now that council has voted to allow the rezoning, documentation to proceed with the change will be sent to the Department of Municipal Affairs.