City moving to acquire land for Country Road development

Diane Crocker dcrocker@thewesternstar.com
Published on April 9, 2014
The area marked in this photo is where a new housing development is being planned for the City of Corner Brook.
Geraldine Brophy

When everything falls into place, some 300 new homes could be built in the Country Road area of the city.

Corner Brook city council voted during Monday night’s public meeting to approve an application for Crown land in the Country Road Development Scheme area.

Just before calling for the vote, it was noted by Coun. Keith Cormier that the application was actually from the city.

That led Mayor Charles Pender to explain that the city has to approve all Crown land applications.

“So we are approving our own application to apply for the Crown land. The idea being to make the land available for future development in the area.”

Following the meeting, Pender said the area in question is located in between Boone’s Road and the Sunnyslope area.

He said over the past five to six years the city has been working on acquiring the land that’s needed to make the development work. To do that, the city has purchased and expropriated some land and acquiring the Crown land is the final step.

Pender doesn’t expect the land will be ready for development this year, but he noted some preliminary design work has been completed.

“The roadways, those types of things, have been moderately designed in the sense that we sort of know where everything gets laid out.”

During the previous meeting, council passed a motion to carry out a public consultation process on a proposed Development Regulations amendment to change the zoning of land within the Country Road Development Scheme — off the new (proposed) section of MacDonald Brown Drive —  from mosaic residential to residential medium density.

The motion said the zoning change is required to accommodate (primarily) single family lots of the medium density standard that is consistent with existing development in the area.

The public can view the proposed Country Road Development Scheme: MacDonald Brown Drive Area Plan online at www.cornerbrook.com or at city hall. Anyone wishing to make a written submission or representation to the proposed scheme can do so by contacting the City of Corner Brook planning office at 637-1553, or by emailing chumphries@cornerbrook.com. The deadline for comments is April 15.

The city also plans to send out information packages on the proposed changes to residents in the affected area and they will be given about 10 days to respond.