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.