Neighbours sign petition against Sidney housing plan

A proposed new housing development in Sidney faces opposition from neighbours.

A proposed new housing development in Sidney faces opposition from neighbours over the amount of new homes it plans to build and how many trees it will remove in the process.

Sidney council is reviewing an application for 16 new lots at the corner of Ardwell and Resthaven streets. The proponents are seeking amendments to accommodate their plan, which would replace two larger lots. Already, neighbours have picked up 200-plus signatures on a petition asking the Town to reject the plan.

Council approved a motion at their Oct. 13 meeting to forward the proposal to their Advisory Planning Commission for review and consideration of some conditions they want on the plan — including keeping more of the trees on site.

Coun. Erin Bremner said she would like to see diversity in the proposed housing. Coun. Peter Wainwright noted a public participation session the previous week saw a full room. He said his feeling was people wanted to keep more trees — however he noted that a pair of site plans from the developer does not save trees.

Council voted to send the plan off to its APC for review and recommendations.