The North Brandon Gateway Secondary Plan, recently announced by the city’s planning department, could be a partial remedy to affordable housing. But this is only attainable if firm rules are followed. This writer favours the modified grid system.
1. City should not sell blocks of this land to one or several developers.
2. North-south streets are already named — e.g. First Street North.
3. The recent south end debacle of no street lighting and no residential parking should not happen again. Full-size streets and back lanes to handle bins and garbage trucks — paved with street curbs and gutters.
4. Green space, including parks and paddling pools, to be included on trail areas.
5. Boulevards will be tree planted.
6. All water and sewer will be constructed on all of these north-south and east-west streets.
7. Sportsplex, community centre and school can be expanded.
8. Only 60-foot lots should be sold to individual homebuilders, with all services completed, price of lots should be $25,000. If developers are allowed to purchase large blocks of these lots, prices will be the same as development in the west end — $70,000 to $80,000 with no specific lot size.
If these suggestions are not considered, say goodbye to affordable housing.
9. All costs involved will be retrieved by 20 to 30 years of residential taxes.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 4, 2013