Property owner allowed to add rental development

ANTIGONISH: A local land owner is free to add another development to his property following a decision by the province’s review board.

Last week, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) found Antigonish Town Council’s decision to enter into development agreement for a rental property on 52 Victoria Street goes along with the intent of the town’s Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS), and in doing so, denied the appeal of local residents John and Josephine Monkman.

Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher said Frank MacVicar now has permission to add another rental property at 52 Victoria Street, which is already the site of a rental property.

“It just shows that council made the right decision in following the present municipal planning strategy that we are obligated to abide by,” said Boucher. “I know that sometimes there is a lot of emotion but our decision has to be based on fact and following our municipal planning strategy and that’s exactly what we did. We did go out of our way to prevent any developments like this in our new [municipal planning strategy].”

Previously, MacVicar applied for a rezoning to allow for the development but was turned down. MacVicar then appealed to the UARB, and preliminary arbitration recommended the owner apply for a development agreement in conjunction with a rezoning.

Back in June, Antigonish Town Council voted 5-2 in favour of the development agreement. A number of residents turned up at the June meeting and expressed their disappointment with council’s decision.