Infrastructure can't handle new development: Goulds residents
Proposed condo project would add 22 new duplexes
Some Goulds residents are concerned about plans for a new housing development in their neighbourhood, which they say the current infrastructure would not be able to handle.
We have not had a year where we haven't had a service truck come in, our road tore up, something fixed — all to do with our water and sewer.- Goulds resident Carol Ann Parrell
If approved, the project would add 22 duplexes, or 44 dwellings, to the area. It's a project so large, the City of St. John's would have to change the zoning from low to medium density.
Carol Ann Parrell, who has lived in the community since 1989, said the sewer system has been causing problems for years.
In 2010, seven homes were flooded.
Parrell said the problems didn't end there.
"We need for the city to guarantee us that we will be taken care of if problems arise from this new rezoning."
Coun. Tom Hann, chair of the city's planning and development committee, is confident the issues can be resolved to pave the way for the project.
"I think we can overcome the problems that the residents see, and I think we can go ahead with the project. I'm a proponent of making sure that the city moves forward," Hann told CBC.
'I'm a proponent of making sure that the city moves forward.' - Coun. Tom Hann
City staff are evaluating the infrastructure in the area, which is currently zoned for single-family homes.
Officials have stated they will need more information before the development is approved.