TRURO – Truro town council has given its approval for a seniors residential development on Young Street.
Seniors residences receive approval from town officials
An application for a 20-unit residential development at 474 Young St., south of the Gero Walkway, was presented to town councillors during their regular monthly meeting on Monday afternoon.
The application is for six one-storey townhouse-style dwelling units; two buildings would have four units and four buildings would have three units.
Council agreed unanimously to allow the project, as long as the development included a stormwater management plan that is acceptable to the town engineer and suitable hedging or fencing for privacy of the units’ residents and neighbours.
Developer Mark Nash, of Anglerite Dash Rental Enterprises Limited, out of Enfield, told council PDI Engineering Group has worked on the stormwater proposal and tending of that plan will be next.
Councillors sought reassurance on a couple of concerns.
“Some neighbours are concerned (the development) would cause a path system” through their yards. “No one wants to see a path going through their backyard,” said Coun. Greg MacArthur, adding, “I think it’s going to be a great development ... it’s not to take away from the area but add to it.”
Coun. Tom Chisholm asked if the development would be able to “carry all the (stormwater) runoff.” He was told by town staff that a proper stormwater management plan will address that issue.
Nash reiterated that the units will be for mature renters. He previously told this paper monthly rent is expected to be between $900 and $1,100.
“Fifty-five and up. I want it mature … and well kept.”
The town’s planning and development director Jason Fox said, in a report, that the proposal “will make a positive contribution to our community,” and that it’s “consistent with planning policies” of the town.
A questionnaire recently circulated to property owners within 750 feet of the proposed developed resulted in only 29 replies. Forty eight per cent were in favour of the development, while 27.6 per cent were opposed and seven per cent didn’t have an opinion.
Council’s acceptance of the project is subject to a 14- day appeal period once an advertisement appears in this paper.