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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

ZoneSJ To Address Years Of Unchecked Urban Sprawl

Years of unchecked urban sprawl have resulted in low population density for the city of Saint John--which means we can afford fewer quality services like transportation, recreation, and infrastructure. 

 Mayor Mel Norton tells CHSJ News under the new draft zoning bylaw ZoneSJ we'd be looking more to what successful cities are doing and applying it here at home. Portland, ME, for example has 11,000 people per square kilometer versus Saint John's
70,063 citizens over an area of 315.82 square kilometres in 2011.

Considering three-quarter's of the city's land mass is rural, the mayor says ZoneSJ is about improving quality of life for everyone in the city. Now that the public feedback sessions have taken place there will be further refinements made the the bylaw before it can officially be adopted in early summer 2014