Rezoning for daycare on King Street given green light

Katie Tower
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SACKVILLE, N.B. – A new daycare center is anticipated to set up shop soon in Sackville.

Town council approved third and final reading during its monthly meeting last week for a rezoning request on King Street that will allow for the new daycare to open up, providing childcare spaces for up to 26 children.

The request came from local resident Erica Allen, who put forward an application to rezone a piece of property at 55 King Street from Urban Residential (R1) to Insititutional.

Coun. Shawn Mesheau repeated his concerns, however, over what he feels are safety issues related to traffic and visibility issues along that stretch of road.

“My concerns don’t lie around the business itself but my concern lies around the safety there,” he said.

Last month, Mesheau questioned whether the town should consider reducing that speed on that section of road, if the sightlines entering and exiting the property was too limited, and whether the lack of sidewalks there should also be addressed.

Town engineer Dwayne Acton said at the time his department had conducted a review on the sightlines from the property and gave approval for the rezoning.

As well, the town has set out several conditions on the rezoning, including one that states that the appropriate cautionary signage must be placed in the vicinity of the daycare to remind the travelling public to use caution.

But Mesheau wasn’t confident those measures were enough and urged further discussions to happen.

“Even though we’re hitting the standards (for sightlines and signage), maybe some more effort needs to be placed into ensuring the safety of those attending this daycare and those travelling King Street,” he said. “I think this needs to be looked at further.

“I’m not seeing what I feel needs to happen when it comes to public safety.”

Organizations: Town council

Geographic location: King Street, SACKVILLE, 55 King Street

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