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Town council denies planning permissions in Cold Brook and Stephenville

Coun. Maurice Hynes, a member of the Stephenville town council's planning and traffic committee, comments on a petition that was presented to council objecting to the development of a garage at Kelly Place.
Coun. Maurice Hynes, a member of the Stephenville town council's planning and traffic committee, comments on a petition that was presented to council objecting to the development of a garage at Kelly Place. - Frank Gale

The Stephenville town council turned down two requests for outline planning permission for a four-plex unit in Cold Brook and a garage in Stephenville during its regular general meeting on Thursday.

Davina Downey had requested outline planning permission to convert a partially constructed single family dwelling into a four-plex at 79 Cold Brook Rd.

The planning and traffic committee recommended the development be denied, as the location is zoned residential rural and a four-plex dwelling is not a permitted use class under the town’s development regulations.

Jarrod Barry requested outline planning permission to construct a three-bay garage to accommodate a mechanic service station at 6 Kelly Place. Service station is a discretionary use, so the development was advertised, with comments received.

Coun. Maurice Hynes said a petition by residents of the street was received and they pointed out how this was already a busy road as an exit from Tim Hortons restaurant and a short cut to Dominion Market.

He said Ted Gracie, the town’s director of municipal services, indicated the waterline in the area would not be able to accommodate this type of business and that there are no sidewalks along that street.

The development was denied, as it does not comply with the esthetics of the neighbourhood, the narrow street is not adequate for increased traffic and congestion on the street would be of public safety concern.

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