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2013-12-09 at 20:54

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By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
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Some changes are expected before city council approves an expansion of a subdivision next year.

If approved, which city administration is recommending, Dawson Heights would see 15 new homes, 20 townhouses and five six-plexes in a 2.46 hectare area of the area near Wardrope Avenue.

The expansion would also need two new streets and a walkway. Those are proposed to end west of the expansion, which is where the Fedorchuk family's 44 acres of land begins. Darlene Fedorchuk said they're in favour of the expansion but want signs and fences put up near the property so that people know that it's private. They'd also like to see that mentioned on title and deeds for people buying the new lots.

Fedorchuk said her family is worried that people might think that the walkways lead to parklands or use the new street to park and then use the property for recreation like driving dirt bikes or snow machines.

“The liability is just something not something myself or my family are willing to undertake,” she said.

City council heard that the walkway and streets were recommended by administration in the event that the Fedorchuk land, zoned for a subdivision, becomes part of a further expansion in the future.

“It was based on a request from the city,” Coun. Iain Angu said.

City development manager Mark Smith said the concerns could be addressed before city council votes on the expansion Jan. 13.

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passlake says:
If you don't want people on your property, put up signs and fences yourself. In fact, considering they are (presumably) not already in place, you've already opened yourself up to liability.

I don't understand how this is a city issue. It's a private landowner issue. put the fence up yourself.
12/10/2013 12:14:01 PM
guy11 says:
You obviously missed the paragraph where it says the city is recommending a walkway and street be built on the land for future subdivision development.
12/10/2013 1:39:54 PM
passlake says:
no, I don't think I missed anything.

they want people to know that land beyond those walkways and roads is private.

It's a completely reasonable request, but the cost and responsibility for that shouldn't lie with the city. It should lie with the property owner who wishes to block access to their property.
12/10/2013 2:54:06 PM
buzz says:
I do not beleive she is asking the city to pay for this, she is asking that the city make this a condition of approval. The developer would be the one paying for it. Considering the developer is the one opening the access to her property I do not think the request is unreasonable. Besides they will already have crews and equipment there, should not take long, and compared to the profitability of the development, it will not add undue cost.
12/10/2013 5:52:42 PM
stryker-65 says:
Ity baffles me why administration would recommend adding more infrastructure to the city when they are challenged to pay for proper upkeep of what is already in place. If we truly need these residential spaces, why not rejuvenate an area of the city that already has roads, sewers, and sidewalks? We (the taxpayers) are already paying for those to be maintained. Why do we insist on adding more? Will city services crews come back to council once this is complete, looking for more manpower and equipment and MONEY to maintain this neighbourhood?
There is lots of space to be redeveloped, closer to existing schools, transit, and retail that people will eventually demand. Lets look at those areas first before we push out farther.
12/10/2013 3:33:01 PM
tsb says:
Put jersey barriers up at the ends of the roads, do not pave or fence in the walkway until more subdivisions are built; simply leave an undeveloped gap between the houses. Put up signs along that part of the property line. It's that simple.
12/10/2013 5:31:52 PM
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