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Rezoning approved, subdivisions given green light in Summerside

Tara and Steve Malayny sit with engineer Dave Morris at a special council meeting Feb. 6 to apply for rezoning the old Heritage Trailer Park property on Water Street East for a new housing venture.
Tara and Steve Malayny sit with engineer Dave Morris, right, at a special council meeting Feb. 6 to apply for rezoning the old Heritage Trailer Park property on Water Street East for a new housing venture. - File

Former Heritage Trailer Park to become single-family dwellings, Summerside's old drive-in will be divided into 40 lots for a combination of around 36 semi-detached units and four houses

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

The construction of two housing developments have been given the go-ahead after Summerside City Councillors voted to adopt zoning changes in the proposed areas.

Tuesday, city councillors unanimously carried forward motions that would allow for two subdivisions to be built in the city.

The first amendment allows MacDuff Holdings Inc. to build semi-detached housing in what will be known as Starlite Estates located on Water Street East. The site for the proposed development is located at the city’s old drive-in theatre. It will be divided into 40 lots for a combination of around 36 semi-detached units and four houses.

MacDuff Holdings Inc. is operated by Robert Duffy and his business partner Dave MacLeod. Duffy and MacLeod purchased three properties for the development to allow for adequate access into the site.

The second approved amendment allows for the former Heritage Trailer Park, also located on Water Street East, to be turned into a 30-lot subdivision for single-family homes.

Heritage Trailer Park closed on Nov. 30, 2018. Residents of the park were given six months to vacate after receiving a closure notice in May. In a previous interview with the Journal Pioneer, legal representation for the park’s owner said it was in need of infrastructure upgrades that were deemed too expensive.

The property is owned by Steve and Tara Malayny.

The Malaynys were not present at Tuesday's meeting.

According to the engineer’s proposal - which council heard at a special council meeting for the proposed amendments - each home would have two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garage. A 1.5-metre side yard will separate each house. Homes will be between 7.62 to 10 metres wide and around 18 metres long (that’s about 30 feet by 60 feet).

The neighbourhood’s proposed name is Dory View at Water’s Edge.

Councillor Brian McFeely congratulated the developers on the amendment approvals and commended them for their confidence in investing in the community.

“From the city’s perspective new development is wonderful," he said. "There have been five or six new developments over the past year.”

He said while it was unfortunate for the residents of Heritage Trailer Park, the opportunity for public input on the rezoning applications was at the first meeting when they were proposed to council.

“It’s unfortunate the park had to be closed, but now is the time to move forward.”

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