The current Corner Brook council is doing what it can to change a trend of people who make a living in this city living outside it.
One measure they hope will help make building in the city more attractive is eliminating a landscape deposit on new residential properties and placing a cap on it for new commercial properties.
“Want we want to be is inclusive and open for business, and encourage people to come live here and build here,” Coun. Keith Cormier said. “We didn’t want that impediment in the way.”
The previous council had brought in landscape standards for all properties in the city. They included a $4 per square metre deposit on properties. The current council has eliminated this deposit on new resident properties and capped it at $5,000 for commercial builds.
The landscape standards were developed to beautify the city and reduce drainage and erosion control issues for neighbouring property owners. Cormier said it is believed the city can still do this through existing development regulations.
“It will be done, but in a kinder and gentler way,” he said.