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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

West Siders Hear About Future Direction of New Development In City

Reaction was generally positive on the west side at the second of the Zone SJ open houses to let Saint Johnners know what the city wants to do with future development over the next generation. 

West side Common Councillor Bill Farren tells CHSJ News he has heard from people in South Bay who are worried growth in their part of the city will be stymied under the new regulations. 

The meeting also heard a warning about having too much intensive development in the area around Quinton Heights because it might disrupt the existing stability of the land and cause problems for existing homeowners. 

The city was also urged to implement incentives like tax deferral to offset the upfront costs of redeveloping older buildings which can be steep.

Another open house will be held tonight at Lorne Middle School with the final one at Simonds High tomorrow night. They start at 5:30 with presentations at 6.