City supports housing campaign
Corner Brook City Council passed a resolution Monday night to support the Federation of Canadian Municipalities housing campaign.
Through Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch the federation is calling on the federal government to increase housing options for Canadians to work with all orders of government to develop a long-term plan for Canada’s housing future.
The city also plans to forward a copy of the resolution to the minister of Employment and Social Development, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, minister of Municipal Affairs, local MHAs, MP Gerry Byrne and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
City and Western Star enter into agreement
City council approved the city entering into a formal agreement with The Western Star for the advertising sponsorship of the 2014 Achievement in Community Excellence Awards (ACE) on Monday night.
The ACE Awards recognize individuals, groups, organizations and businesses for their contributions to creating and strengthening the city
Nominations for the 2014 ACE Awards open this week and forms will be available at cornerbrook.com and thewesternstar.com or at city hall. Nominations must be in by April 18.
City won’t be changing Trout Pond designation/zoning
Council decided at Monday’s public meeting to discontinue the process to change the land use designation and land use zoning for the Trout Pond water supply area.
The area is located within the city’s boundary and it had been considering changing the area from environmental protection and rural to protected water supply.
The city had carried out a public consultation on the proposed change and it even went so far as being reviewed by the province.
However, it was felt the current land use designation and zoning provides the necessary protection of the area and that there was no need to change the land use designation/zoning at this time.
Some 35.6 tonnes of recyclable material was collected in the city in December 2013.
That number was down from the 38 tonnes collected in December 2012.
Council approves zoning change for Griffin Drive property
City council approved a land use zoning change for a property located at 429 Griffin Dr. on Monday.
The property will be changed from general industrial to residential medium density. The change was requested to allow the demolition of the existing dwelling on the property and enable a new single dwelling to be built there.
Five other existing residential properties, considered as legal non-conforming residential uses, in close proximity to 429 Griffin Dr., will be included in the new zoning. A small remnant parcel of general industrial land will be changed to open space.
It was noted during Monday’s meeting that a public hearing on the changes had been scheduled for Jan. 28 and was later cancelled when no submissions were received by the city within the specified time period.
City accepting applications for business improvement program
Businesses looking for a break on taxes may be able to accomplish that if they make improvements to the exterior of their buildings.
Council decided at its regular public meeting on Monday to continue its Business Improvement Program.
In 2013, the city approved four projects under the program that resulted in $39,750 in tax credits. Participating businesses included Swirsky’s on Broadway, Tim Hortons on O’Connell Drive and at Murphy Square and Subway on Union Street.
A total of $50,000 in potential tax credits, to be applied to 2015 taxes and beyond if necessary, has been allocated for this year’s program.