Bay Roberts has new sub­di­vi­sion pol­icy


The Town of Bay Roberts has adopted a new pol­icy for those who want to de­velop a res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sion, and some coun­cil­lors say it will do noth­ing but scare away fu­ture devel­op­ment.

But oth­ers says a for­mal pol­icy for the fast-grow­ing town is long over­due, and it will con­tain enough “ flex­i­bil­ity” to en­sure that de­vel­op­ers have a fair and full op­por­tu­nity to pro­ceed with projects.

The pol­icy was adopted at a meet­ing on Tues­day, Sept. 14 by a vote of 5-2. Coun­cil­lors Ger­ald Green­land and Bill Sey­mour op­posed the mo­tion.

The com­mon theme through­out the pol­icy is that devel­op­ment be car­ried out “at no ad­di­tional cost to the town.”

Coun. Wal­ter Yet­man said the town has to spend its limited rev­enues “ very re­spon­si­bly,” and stated that coun­cil should not sub­si­dize any­one who wants to de­velop a piece of prop­erty.

“It’s a valu­able pol­icy to have,” he stated.

But Green­land said he fears the de­vel­op­ers will just move else­where, like they did when St. John’s and neigh­bour­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties started tight­en­ing their reg­u­la­tions. He sug­gested the pol­icy should be phased in.

“ They will walk away,” Green­land said of prospec­tive de­vel­op­ers. He added the town is “get­ting bogged down in reg­u­la­tions.”

Sey­mour echoed con­cerns.

The new pol­icy states that “ev­ery per­son or cor­po­ra­tion wish­ing to de­velop land … must ap­ply to the coun­cil for per­mis­sion through the pro­ce­dure es­tab­lished in this pol­icy. Coun­cil shall re­quire that all devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions con­form fully to the Bay Roberts Mu­nic­i­pal Plan and De­vel­op­men­tal Reg­u­la­tions ( 1997-2007) be­fore pro­ceed­ing. Coun­cil may refuse or ap­prove an ap­pli­ca­tion and may set con­di­tions on ap­proval.”

De­vel­op­ers wish­ing to sub­di­vide land for hous­ing must com­plete an ap­pli­ca­tion and sub­mit a plot plan and/or sur­vey of the pro­posed sub­di­vi­sion.

The town will per­mit sub­di­vi­sions to be de­vel­oped in phases ac­cord­ing to the fol­low­ing con­di­tions:

• sub­di­vi­sions of up to six lots must be com­pleted in one phase;

• sub­di­vi­sion of more than six lots may be done in phases of a min­i­mum of six lots.

De­vel­op­ers must also com­ply with all the re­quired mu­nic­i­pal, pro­vin­cial and fed­eral guide­lines, and pos­sess all the nec­es­sary per­mits.

A de­tailed set of draw­ings by a pro­fes­sional en­gi­neer must also be sub­mit­ted prior to the start of con­struc­tion.

Green­land’s Some in­clude:

• fi­nan­cial guar­an­tees re­lated to wa­ter, sewer and road work; • a fee of $50 per lot; • The de­vel­oper must de­posit a fi­nan­cial guar­an­tee in an amount equiv­a­lent to 10 per cent of the es­ti­mated cost of the sub­di­vi­sion devel­op­ment be­fore the start of con­struc­tion. This will re­main in ef­fect for 12 months af­ter com­ple­tion of the devel­op­ment;

• Town of­fi­cials will carry out reg­u­lar site vis­its and in­spec­tions, and the de­vel­oper shall pay the labour cost of those vis­its;

• The de­vel­oper will cover the cost of in­stalling wa­ter and sewer ser­vices, and con­struc­tion and paving of streets, side­walks, curbs


re­quire­ments and gut­ter, catch basins and storm sew­ers;

• Lots sizes must have a min­i­mum frontage of 60 feet, and a min­i­mum depth of 100 feet, al­though a vari­ance of 10 per cent of those stan­dards may be con­sid­ered;

• Land­scap­ing, in­clud­ing grass, shall be placed on the front of each lot within 12 months of oc­cu­pancy;

• And for sub­di­vi­sions with three or more lots, a pub­lic open space devel­op­ment fee of $250 will shall be levied upon each lot to as­sist in the pro­vi­sion of recre­ational space and/or fa­cil­i­ties in the geo­graphic area of the sub­di­vi­sion.

Yet­man said the pol­icy will help staff bet­ter deal with devel­op­ment in the town.

Ger­ald Green­land (right) was one of two coun­cil­lors with the Town of Bay Roberts that voted against a new sub­di­vi­sion pol­icy dur­ing last week’s reg­u­lar meet­ing. In the back­ground is Nigel Black, the town’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer.

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