St. John’s jumped the gun on rejecting proposal

Last fall, Seanic Canada had proposed to build a three-storey, 69-room seniors’ assisted living complex between Old Petty Harbour Road, Dorsey’s Lane and Carondale Drive in Kilbride. When the proposal came to city council last November, it voted 7-3 against. However, the three councillors who were in favour of the plan asked to defer the vote until another traffic study could be done in the area. That deferral was also voted down, when Seanic chose to challenge that decision in court. Last week, Justice Alphonsus Faour of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador delivered an oral decision in the case ruling that St. John’s city council should have waited for all the information to be in about a development in Kilbride before rejecting the proposal. The company will now be able to gather more information about traffic in the area, including the intersection at Old Petty Harbour and Bay Bulls roads.

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