City moving to acquire land for Country Road development

Diane Crocker
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The area marked in this photo is where a new housing development is being planned for the City of Corner Brook.

When everything falls into place, some 300 new homes could be built in the Country Road area of the city.

Corner Brook city council voted during Monday night’s public meeting to approve an application for Crown land in the Country Road Development Scheme area.

Just before calling for the vote, it was noted by Coun. Keith Cormier that the application was actually from the city.

That led Mayor Charles Pender to explain that the city has to approve all Crown land applications.

“So we are approving our own application to apply for the Crown land. The idea being to make the land available for future development in the area.”

Following the meeting, Pender said the area in question is located in between Boone’s Road and the Sunnyslope area.

He said over the past five to six years the city has been working on acquiring the land that’s needed to make the development work. To do that, the city has purchased and expropriated some land and acquiring the Crown land is the final step.

Pender doesn’t expect the land will be ready for development this year, but he noted some preliminary design work has been completed.

“The roadways, those types of things, have been moderately designed in the sense that we sort of know where everything gets laid out.”

During the previous meeting, council passed a motion to carry out a public consultation process on a proposed Development Regulations amendment to change the zoning of land within the Country Road Development Scheme — off the new (proposed) section of MacDonald Brown Drive —  from mosaic residential to residential medium density.

The motion said the zoning change is required to accommodate (primarily) single family lots of the medium density standard that is consistent with existing development in the area.

The public can view the proposed Country Road Development Scheme: MacDonald Brown Drive Area Plan online at or at city hall. Anyone wishing to make a written submission or representation to the proposed scheme can do so by contacting the City of Corner Brook planning office at 637-1553, or by emailing The deadline for comments is April 15.

The city also plans to send out information packages on the proposed changes to residents in the affected area and they will be given about 10 days to respond.



Organizations: Country Road, Corner Brook city council

Geographic location: Sunnyslope

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Recent comments

  • Sam smith
    April 10, 2014 - 18:00

    We have a declining tax base ,people are opting to build outside the city in places such as Massey Drive and other outlining towns due to the lack of available land.We need to increase our tax base so as to be able to develop the city and the way to do that is to make available choices for the people of Corner Brook.We need more land opened up,people need more then one option when it comes to choosing where they want to live.We also need to learn to be more positive and less negative.

  • Dan Murphy
    April 09, 2014 - 19:11

    What Corner Brook needs is "meat" not "potatoes". The focus should directed toward investing in initiatives that will attract business to the city; and this doesn't mean box stores. Then and only then do we invest in additional housing development as there will be the tax base to support it and young families that further contribute to growth in all sectors. That's where the focus should be. Growth in our fair city has stagnated, it has the oldest population per capita and "growing" downhill. Invest real money in marketing and branding, make a effort to get rid of that "closed" city image, and stop kicking out local vegetable growers (that sends a terrible message)........Perhaps Corner Brook may have reached the point of no return as there is such a "growth synergy" on the east coast that we don't even get a second look.......

  • Paul
    April 09, 2014 - 15:27

    Corner brook's population has not increased in 35 years. In fact it went down from early 90's till now. Why would you build all these homes with no job or population to support it. All this is going to do is cause to much housing for the city thus causing a decrease in value for real estate. Your house might be worth 250 000 now but will drop to 150 000 if there is too many homes to choose. Older houses on the east side, broadway, Elizabeth st etc.. will be de- evaluated because of the glut in housing. It's simple economics folks. I have a rental property on Sunnyslope which I will now sell before it is worth peanuts.

  • george p b
    April 09, 2014 - 12:39

    Does Corner Brook really need 300 more new homes??? Further, who is going to fund the new roads, water & sewer lines etc etc????? Hopefully, no government $$$ will be going to this enterprise.....

    • wtf
      April 09, 2014 - 14:38

      A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  • Builder
    April 09, 2014 - 07:10

    Wow. WHen is this finally going to come to life? When everyone builds in massey drive? This land has been in teh works for the last number of years. The past council and propable the council before.

  • Adam
    April 09, 2014 - 06:38

    Shouldnt be allowed. Corner brook is big enough. Good amount of people and no major back up of traffic on the roadways during rush times