Gander is a growing community of 11,880 with a population increase of 23% since 2001. In recent years, there has been a surge in demand for housing. Council is exploring ways to meet the increased demand, including changes to regulations to better facilitate development opportunities. Two strategies are being introduced; cluster and infill developments.

Cluster developments – means a development that has two or more buildings on a single property. These buildings can consist of single homes, semi-detached dwellings, row dwellings, apartment buildings, duplexes, town houses, residences, etc. It can also include commercial uses, or any combination. Cluster type developments include more efficient site design, preservation of open space, lower construction costs, and lower maintenance costs for the municipality in the delivery of services. The developments are intended to meet the overall intent of the zoning and development regulations but do not require full adherence to all zoning requirements or land use standards. Cluster type developments are planned and built as a whole development thus fixing the type and location of uses and buildings over the entire project. It may include clustering of buildings, common open space, and incorporation of various building types and mixed land uses.

Infill developments- means the construction of new buildings or the redevelopment of underutilized or vacant land within an existing built-up area. Infill developments can help create more housing options in areas that are already established, which can help reduce urban sprawl and improve walkability. This type of development can also help revitalize neighborhoods by bringing new life to vacant or underused properties. Infill developments can include a range of housing types, from single-family homes to multi-unit buildings, depending on the specific needs of the community.

Benefits of Cluster and Infill Developments:

Both cluster and infill developments can be effective strategies for addressing increased housing demand, while also promoting sustainable development and community well-being. Some of the benefits of these approaches include:

How do we get there?

The Town of Gander is considering changes to regulations to better facilitate future cluster developments and is proposing rezoning vacant, town-owned land to accommodate potential infill development opportunities. 

Proposed land to re-zone for infill developments

 Proposed amendment to allow cluster developments


Two open houses will be held:

  • Open house regarding the re-zoning of 5 parcels of land will be held on March 29, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the Town Hall.
  • Open house regarding Cluster Developments will be held on March 30, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Public hearings, if necessary, will be scheduled for a later date allowing the opportunity for formal representation.


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