Estevan city council agreed to the sale of a chunk of land to a new property owner, so the resident can build a "larger home and garage on the lot."

The property owner of 801 1st Street will pay for curb and gutter installation, in trade for the land.

A written report from City Land Development Services that was read at the September 20 council meeting stated that the case was brought to council as the developer's proposal was "unusual."

It initially said the property owner was looking to purchase four metres of property from the City road right of way into his lot. That was increased to 4.8 metres before council passed second and third readings of the bylaw.

An overhead shot of the land provided by the City of EstevanAn overhead shot of the land provided by the City of Estevan

The land is undeveloped but fully serviced, according to the report. It was valued at approximately $22,700, to be confirmed by survey. The curb and gutter installation is estimated at $19,500 (per City rates). There's a provision that if the improvements cost less than $22,700, "the difference will be remitted to the City."

The owner also plans to install sidewalk on 1st Street (which only currently has sidewalk on the north side of the street on that block) out of his own pocket.

The second and third readings passed unanimously.