Com­mu­nal hous­ing on town agenda again

Coun­cil­lors await­ing dis­cus­sion with town plan­ner


Two prop­erty own­ers look­ing to de­velop com­mu­nal style hous­ing units in Alberton will have to wait at least an­other month for Town Coun­cil to de­cide on their ap­pli­ca­tions. Alberton Town Coun­cil shelved the ap­pli­ca­tions at this week’s coun­cil meet­ing, for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive month. Coun­cil wants to meet with their town plan­ner be­fore de­cid­ing on the ap­pli­ca­tions and was hop­ing that meet­ing would have been held prior to the Sept. 11 coun­cil meet­ing. Coun­cil­lor Blair Dug­gan now wants to in­sure it hap­pens prior to the Oc­to­ber meet­ing, stress­ing that the de­vel­op­ers want to house tem­po­rary for­eign work­ers.

“If they are go­ing to be com­ing, if they are not in town, they will be in an­other town or an­other vil­lage,” he pointed out.

The de­vel­op­ments pro­pose pri­vate sleep­ing quar­ters but shared wash­room and din­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Town ad­min­is­tra­tor, Su­san Wal­laceF­lynn, pointed out there is cur­rently no zon­ing in the town’s by­laws that per­mits that type of hous­ing.

Coun­cil­lor David Cahill en­quired about the process for mak­ing a zon­ing change and sug­gested it might be costly to the town to go through the process, and es­pe­cially so if the de­vel­op­ers did not sub­se­quently fol­low through with their plans. Mayor Mike Mur­phy sug­gested it would be up to the de­vel­oper to re­quest the zon­ing change.

“It’s some­thing that your plan­ner doesn’t rec­om­mend,” he ad­vised.

Both Cahill and Dug­gan ex­pressed an in­ter­est in hav­ing a dis­cus­sion with the plan­ner about the process

“We’ve got to think of the fu­ture,” said Coun­cil­lor Alan Cur­tis. “Some of the by­laws were writ­ten many years ago and this is the 21st cen­tury. Maybe we should change our think­ing a lit­tle bit.”

He said he is also in favour of look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity of zon­ing changes, with the help of the town plan­ner.


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