The development proposed for Maple Ave. is being appealed to the NS Utility and Review Board.
The subdivision for the top of Maple Ave. was approved in a 4-3 decision. Omaray Developments want to develop the 13-acre residential property, but resident Lutz Becker has appealed.
Lutz has been at loggerheads with the town administration over a number of issues, flooding of his property being only one.
Wolfville CAO Roy Brideau said last week he anticipates a pre-hearing sometime this month.
Council debated the project over several hours due to existing flooding problems on the street.
It seems to us that building where flooding exists is asking for trouble.
Initial plans for the development included 15 single-family lots, nine R1A and nine R1A semi-detached units. [link to source]
We wonder who will buy these homes since there are so many for sale in town already and none seem to be selling. We hear that recent sales, such as they are, have been for well under the assessed value. [ We thought the assessed value was based on market value. Will assessments go down? Not if the Town has anything to do with it.] This appears to us to be pure land speculation and unless the houses are built in a short time frame is not much benefit to the town. Look at the Woodman Land development as an example. The developers had years to actually build there and now we have what, one? house.
At least this time these issues were discussed and the vote was close.
Later: Some background on the development here:
Last fall council had tabled a vote on the project due to existing flooding problems on the street. The town’s public works director Kevin Kerr has given assurances that ditching work will reroute the water coming downhill.
Kerr has estimated also that it would cost between $1.6-$1.8 million to upgrade Maple Ave.