Municipal planning done right

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Members of St. John’s city council and, in particular, Ward 4 Coun. Bernard Davis, should be commended on their decision at a recent council meeting to require a land use assessment report (LUAR) in respect of the proposed construction of a 27-unit townhouse-style condominium development on vacant land located at 12-20 Mount Cashel Rd.

This decision was a departure from the city’s prior course with respect to this development, but a wise one.

No consideration at first

Council had previously approved an amendment to the development regulations to allow the construction of the 27 units on five lots on this residential street without significant consideration of issues such as snow removal, traffic effects, shadow effects on the proposed units’ neighbours and suitability in general for the neighbourhood. 

The LUAR requested by council will provide a much greater understanding of how significantly this proposed development departs from what is permitted under the municipal plan and the development regulations.

For example, although these 27 units will more than double the number of homes currently on the street (there are around 26), the land available for the new development  fronts on less than 20 per cent of Mount Cashel Road’s length. I hope the wisdom demonstrated by council will continue to be applied as this proposal moves forward, and I urge council to consider whether this site might be better suited to the construction of 10-13 units, rather than 27.

Bravo, council — keep up the good work.

Jessica Dellow

St. John’s

Geographic location: Mount Cashel Road

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