Nova Scotia

Purcells Cove Road water lines won't be extended

Residents who live along part of Purcells Cove Road in Halifax will no longer have to worry about the Halifax Regional Municipality installing unwanted water and sewer lines in their area.

Section between Oceanview Drive and Fergusons Cove Road exempt from plans

Residents who live along part of Purcells Cove Road in Halifax will no longer have to worry about the Halifax Regional Municipality installing unwanted water and sewer lines in their area.

On Tuesday night, Halifax regional council voted unanimously not to move those services into the area of Purcells Cove Road between Oceanview Drive to Fergusons Cove Road — known as Area 2 by residents who were fighting the proposed plan.

"Clearly the residents in the area under a number of different scenarios either did not want or did not need central services. So that's what the motion did tonight — set them at ease," said Coun. Steve Adams.

"They are now excluded from getting those services extended."

Halifax regional council approved a feasibility study for sewer and water lines along Purcells Cove Road based on surveys done six years ago. At the time, there was some interest from homeowners who were worried about ongoing well problems.

Many residents fought the change, citing cost as the overriding factor for opposing the plan. An extension could have cost residents tens of thousands of dollars each in hook-up fees.

Other residents opposed the water and sewer line extensions on the grounds it would open more of the area to development and therefore damage the environment.

Tuesday's decision does not exempt homeowners in Area 1 — the section of Purcells Cove Road between Wenlock Grove to Oceanview Drive — from getting the services.

Adams said the cost study of water and sewer line extensions will continue for Area 1, which is one of the Halifax Regional Municipality's growth targets.

He said if homeowners don't want the services, they won't be forced to accept them.

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