An 80-unit residential development was approved for an area near Upham Drive on Monday. The map, which was part of the town planner's report, shows the subject area. Submitted photo
TRURO - A large development in Truro's south end has been given the green light by town council.
Following a 30-minute public hearing Monday, town councillors unanimously supported a motion to enter into a development agreement with Meech Holdings Limited. It plans to build an 80-unit residential development, consisting of single detached, semi-detached and three-unit townhouse-style dwellings near Upham Drive and Industrial Avenue.
Ron Meech said he hopes to have the initial construction of the first condos start in the fall and complete for the spring.
The company purchased the 40-acre property last summer with the intent of such a housing development. The development would take place on the 14 acres to the north of the site.
"It's not way up the hill. It's close to the hospital, close to downtown and there's a nice residential area right beside it," he said.
The development is also close to the new Truro Elementary School on Curtis Drive.
Questions were raised about proximity to the industrial park and the use of a private road inside the development for a cul-de-sac.
"I feel the buffer that's there today ... should be left for the quiet and safe enjoyment of the people that are going to live in that community," said Rob Caldwell, director of operations for Scotia Recycling, which is located at Polymer Road and Upham Drive. "We do have an industrial park that, to me, looks like it's going to grow."
Meech said the initial part of the development would be far enough away from the industrial park.
"There is enough buffer ... that I don't think you're going to see any major problem," he said. "You are pretty well in a residential area."
The 250-metre (820-foot) cul-de-sac would go into the condominium units from Upham Drive.
"I've seen them work and I've seen them run into problems with snow clearing and where to put the snow," said Coun. Diane Bennett Cook.
Meech said under the Condominiums Act there are stipulations on upkeep of the roads and other items to address those types of concerns.
Some councillors asked about enforcing the Motor Vehicle Act.
"The Motor Vehicle Act does apply to private roads," police Chief David MacNeil said. "It is designed for any road or street or anywhere a vehicle is normally expected to be able to travel."
A private road, he added, could lead to inconsistencies, such as parking rules and speed limits, with other town streets.
A public road would also be constructed through the development extending Upham Drive and connecting with a proposed road that would extend from Curtis Drive near the Ramar subdivision.