SUMMERSIDE – A 34-unit extension to the Lefurgey subdivision will be going to city council later this month for approval.
© Nancy Macphee
One of the main concerns residents have over the proposed extension to the Lefurgey subdivision is traffic control and access to Water Street east. The city has an east-west connector plan to handle the increase in traffic volume.
Council’s technical services committee gave its nod to the project Tuesday night and is recommending that council approve the extension when it meets on Dec. 16.
D&D Development had petitioned the city for a zoning amendment to change the area from single-family residential to low mixed residential to allow for 17 semi-detached building consisting of 34 individual units in the Lefurgey subdivision.
During a public meeting on Nov. 13, neighbouring residents did not oppose the project but did have concerns about increased traffic in the area.
Fourteen questions were presented to the technical services committee at that public hearing mostly dealing with increased traffic and how it can be controlled.
Aaron MacDonald, the city’s technical services director, said the east-west collector planning study undertaken in 2001 took into account traffic volumes in the east end of the city, including Water Street for the next 10 to 20 years.
He said the result of that study was a proposal to construct a short connector street from the MacEwen Road-Ryan Street intersection to the midpoint of Water Street East by 2010. MacDonald said this was based on increased traffic flow but the numbers, although close, haven’t reached the volume that would require the short connector road.
A second proposal was a long connector street from the same area to Read Drive/Route 1A by 2020 along with widening part of Water Street to a four-lane undivided roadway.
Residents were also concerned if the new development would fit in with existing homes in the area.
They were assured by technical services that the developer has stated they will construct buildings similar to those already in the subdivision.
A question was also raised about the zoning change and what would be permitted in the area.
There was concern that the change would open the door to group homes, nursing homes, tourist homes or restaurants.
They were told the city already has zoning protections in place and any applications for new development would have to go to a public meeting.
City council will vote on the proposal at its Dec. 16 council meeting set for city hall at 6:30 p.m.