By Chad Feehan / Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Two requests for the Town of Paradise to relinquish land to the Town of Portugal Cove-St. Phillips were rejected in a Paradise Town Council meeting late last month.
A resident of Portugal Cove-St Philips, whose property straddles the boundary between the two towns near Dogberry Hill Road and Emylia Place, is seeking to alter the boundaries on her land so that all of it lies within Portugal Cove, a move that town’s council endorses.
Portugal Cove-St. Phillips Mayor Carol McDonald confirmed the resident is having trouble selling the nearly 10-acre plot of land due to its inconvenient division between the two towns.
Paradise Deputy Mayor Kimberly Street noted the Town of Portugal Cove further supports a larger boundary change which would move similar boundary straddling properties out of Paradise.
She went on to say the Paradise side of the property is undeveloped, and zoned as Comprehensive Development Area.
“The committee feels that arbitrarily removing land from this area of the town with no approved comprehensive plan in place serves no purpose for the Town of Paradise,” she said. “Both requests do not align with any of the adopted strategies or plans within the Town of Paradise.”
McDonald had not received a formal response from the Town of Paradise when she was contacted by The Shoreline and said she could offer no further details.