Development pressures in Wolfville

Published on April 17, 2013
Amanda Jess

By Wendy Elliott


Developers appear to be lining up at the office of Wolfville development officer Gregg Morrison with proposals.

At the CDC meeting on April 17, two four-unit buildings at 359 Highland Avenue were on the agenda for discussion, along with a revisit of the Micro Boutique Living proposal for Main Street.

On April 18, there will be a second meeting to examine the development for 146 Gaspereau Avenue. It had been sent back to the committee by council in 2011, but a new concept for a 23-unit, three-storey building was submitted earlier this year.

Also on the agenda is a land use amendment to rezone a portion of Acadia University’s dykeland to allow for a compressed natural gas decanting station.

Morrison said there is backlog of projects waiting for approval from the committee. In May, he said, the former Fairfield School property will also be back on the table.

Currently, the renovated Peck family home has three acres of land behind it. The previous owner, Karen Malin, sought permission in 2010 to build 16 housing units on the property and the new owner is working on a proposal.

Kent Field Estates has asked for its proposal to build two buildings on Hillside Avenue to be discussed as well. The developer wants to take down two existing buildings to construct new apartment buildings with a total of eight units.

Kent Field Estates is the owner of Blue Heron Court in Wolfville and a number of apartments near the Kingstec campus.


Linden Avenue proposal going to council


Recently, the Wolfville Committee Development Committee agreed with staff that a development proposal for four units at 23 Linden Avenue should go to council on May 2.

After some discussion and only one objection, Brad and Connie Hopgood’s application was deemed to be consistent with the Municipal Planning Strategy.

The Hopgoods had the as-of-right ability to convert the house to a two-unit building with the addition of a one-bedroom apartment in the third-storey attic. They have already built an external staircase to access it.

Their proposal is to accommodate four dwelling units on the three floors and in the basement, with a total of nine bedrooms.

The property is located within the town’s Architectural Control Area. The only objector, Paul Cabilio, expressed concern about the unsightliness of the staircase and whether it could be adequately screened from the neighbours.

Hopgood stated that structurally, the staircase could not go on the rear of the home.

Concern had been raised at the February CDC meeting by both the gallery and committee that that work appeared to have begun on the project prior to approval being granted.

At that time, the size and unsightliness of the exterior staircase and the amount of hard surface area for parking were objections raised by the public.

This house was built in 1895, during Wolfville’s building boom of the time. The first owner was a merchant, Angus S. Murray. Three generations of his family lived in the home successively while it was a single-family dwelling.