Car­bon­ear coun­cil ap­proves amend­ments for ho­tel pro­posal

Provin­cial gov­ern­ment to look at land re­zon­ing, pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions to town

The Compass - - Editorial - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

CAR­BON­EAR, NL — A ho­tel pro­posal for Crocker’s Cove made its way through the first hur­dle to­wards de­vel­op­ment last Tues­day.

Coun­cil mem­bers unan­i­mously ap­proved a mo­tion to re­zone 2.97 acres of pri­vate­ly­owned land from con­ser­va­tion to medium-den­sity res­i­den­tial and make ho­tels a per­mit­ted use un­der that zon­ing at coun­cil’s dis­cre­tion.

“This will now be sent off to Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, who will pe­ruse the ap­pli­ca­tion, not­ing the con­cerns that they may pos­si­bly have, and they’ll also send it to dif­fer­ent branches of (gov­ern­ment) de­part­ments,” Coun. David Kennedy, chair of the town’s plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee, said fol­low­ing the vote.

If the provin­cial gov­ern­ment signs off on the pro­posed change to the mu­nic­i­pal plan, it will come back to coun­cil for fur­ther re­view. The pub- lic would also have an­other chance to pro­vide feed­back to coun­cil. The town hosted a pub­lic meet­ing last month. There, de­vel­op­ers James Bailie and Janet Whit­tle-Bailie shared their vi­sion for the 50-room lux­ury bou­tique ho­tel, billed as Hotelle @ Crock­ers Cove. The three-level build­ing would have a foot­print of ap­prox­i­mately 50,000 square feet and in­clude a restau­rant, espresso bar, lobby bar, con­fer­ence cen­tre and art gallery.

The cou­ple also ex­pressed a de­sire to leave much of the con­ser­va­tion area un­touched and make it part of the ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ence.

Some res­i­dents shared con­cerns with the town about in­creased traf­fic re­sult­ing from the ho­tel and the lo­ca­tion’s suit­abil­ity, while oth­ers said it could boost the town’s econ­omy. The ho­tel would em­ploy 45-50 peo­ple.

The de­vel­op­ers hope to start con­struc­tion next spring and open in 2020.

SUB­MIT­TED IM­AGE

A con­cept draw­ing and po­ten­tial lo­ca­tion for the curved ho­tel, which may move fur­ther in­land than what’s shown. Petroff Part­ner­ship Ar­chi­tects cre­ated this de­sign.

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