Over the last couple meetings, here's what's happened in your
1) Pensive about pensions
You've probably already caught this one in the news. Councillors
voted to end their current pension arrangements, instead moving to
a provision of a 6% increase in salary to be allocated to an RRSP.
Current councillors have the choice of sticking with their pension
and taking a pay cut of 6%, or moving to the new system.
2) No daycare, no problem?
Council heard plenty of objections from neighbours of a proposed
new daycare to be set up by the St. John's Native Friendship Centre
on Elizabeth Avenue. As is often the case, many objections were
related to traffic, as well as to the idea of allowing a business
into an area zoned residential. This one got deferred to staff for
3) No campers for Blackhead
Council rejected an application to create a quite large
campground in Blackhead Village - it was rejected amidst concerns
about noise, size, alcohol, and the presence of only one access
road. There were a large number of submissions around the proposal
- local residents tended towards opposition.
4) Veterans to be exempted from parking
The city is working out an arrangement to exempt veterans (at
least those with veteran plates on their cars) from parking fees in
5) Getting high at Tiffany Village
Staff recommended that zoning regulations be amended to allow
the new building at Tiffany Village to be 16 stories tall (the
existing limit on the site was 10 stories).
6) More homes in Shea Heights
The city voted to rezone the area of Blackhead Road just south
of Beaver Pond to residential. There are already houses there, on
nonconforming lots. This will allow for a few more to be built.
7) St. Luke's is growing
The city will allow some rezoning on Road DeLuxe to allow St.
Luke's to expand its care home.
8) No wharf extension in Quidi Vidi
Staff recommended that council not approve the land transfers
needed for a new private wharf in Quidi Vidi Village, since it
would interfere with a waterfront promenade that's part of the
development plan for the village.
9) Making a racket on the piers
There will be a trial run of noise deterrents for birds down at
Oceanex Pier 4 and 5, for an hour after daylight and an hour before
dark. Environment Canada and the Fire Department gave their OK.
10) More condos (maybe)
Kavanagh Associates have submitted an application to rezone
property fronting on
Francis Street, Tralee Street, and Castlebridge Drive to
permit the development of a six storey residential condominium
building with 96 units. Planning Committee wants this one to go to
a public meeting before the Land Use Report comes out.
11) New zoning for Glencrest?
Planning heard from a developer who urged them to develop a
specific zoning regime for the new developments at Glencrest. We'll
see what happens with this one.
12) Open Space Master Plan
Council set aside $100,000 to develop a master plan for open
space in the city. This will take some time, but should be quite