Friday October 31, 2014

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Council tables rezoning request

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Estevan City Council has tabled a request to rezone a parcel of land at 1138 First Street.

Several residents who live near the site attended council's meeting on June 30 to voice their opposition to the project. Council also received a petition and letters from concerned neighbouring residents.

The developer wants to transform the vacant house at 1138 First Street into a four-plex.

Eldon Rondeau, who has lived next door to the house for more than 40 years, articulated several concerns to council. He is worried that a child playing at the nearby Churchill Playpark could be hit by a car. He's also concerned about an influx of traffic in an already busy area.

Rondeau is also concerned about diminished privacy in his backyard, damage to trees on his property, and the impact of property values. He'd rather see the four-plex in an area designed for such a development.

Councillor Dennis Moore noted that council has heard similar concerns with previous developments, but neighbours tend to be satisfied once the development is finished.

Council has already given first reading for a rezoning bylaw. They will decide the project's fate at their July 20 meeting.

Other highlights from the June 30 session were:  

*Peter Kennedy is Estevan's new Public Works manager. He started on June 23. Kennedy previously worked at ISL Consulting in Calgary, where he was in charge of project management and construction. His background is in civil engineering.

*The May recycling report from Regens Disposal shows that 35,940 kilograms (about 40 tonnes) of materials were recycled in Estevan.

*Thirteen building permits, with a total value of $1.37 million, were issued in May, bringing the total numbers to 61 permits worth more than $8.28 million.

*The parcel 3 subdivision north of St. Joseph's Hospital will be renamed Royal Heights Phase 3. Lots range in price from $103,000 to $139,000. They will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

*First reading was given to two bylaws. One will allow for a two-unit, semi-detached residence to be constructed for Estevan Diversified Services participants in the 1400 block of Fifth Street. The other will rezone a parcel of land at 105 King Street, allowing for a hotel to be constructed.

*Three readings were given to bylaws. One will create a handicapped parking spot in front of the CIBC bank. The other will exempt new rental properties from paying property taxes through the CANDO incentives program.


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