Holyrood town council has rejected a proposal to build an eight-unit apartment complex for seniors on the Conception Bay Highway.
It was a close decision at the Tuesday, July 30, council meeting. The planning and development committee recommended approving the proposal for a senior's independent living complex.
The property at 136 Conception Bay Highway is zoned for residential medium density, but a complex of this type would be considered a discretionary use. The project was advertised and the town received no comments from the public.
Three members of council — Mayor Gary Goobie, Deputy Mayor Curtis Buckle and Coun. Kevin Costello (the committee's chair) — voted in favour of the motion to approve. An equal number of council members voted against it — Jim Joy, Sadie King and Roger Myette. Coun. Kim Ghaney did not attend the meeting.
Prior to the vote, Joy said he was opposed to the proposal because of its location.
"As a discretionary use class in an RMD zone, I don't believe this proposal will be compatible or complementary to the permitted uses in that zone," he said, adding that a similar proposal for an apartment had previously been turned down a few years ago in another part of the community.
"That was the same, in my view, to the proposal put forward here now, and that was also in an RMD zone. In my view, consistency is important in the application of conditions relevant to the zoning."
Mayor Goobie highlighted the advice received from planning consultant Reg Garland as a factor in his decision to support the proposal. He said the applicant's project would meet the town's criteria within the town's regulations.
"Basically, what Reg has said is it's advisable to base your decision on the merits of the application," the mayor said.
"We've done our due diligence, we followed due process, we had an interpretation from our town planner, and it's discretionary," he later added.
136 Conception Bay Highway in Holyrood is currently listed online as a vacant lot selling for $50,000.