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Resident Bob Lys expresses resident concerns regarding the zoning bylaw amendment for the prior Grandview United Church site.
Bob Lys was the second resident to speak to council about his concerns regarding the rezoning of the prior Grandview United Church at 722-10th Ave. S.W.
“The property located south of Spadina Street towards the air base, there’s a project that’s been approved for the development of 300 or 400 units out in that area,” said Lys. “So if that is the case, why is it necessary to go to such drastic measures to rezone a property in a residential area to high density if you have these coming in the near future?”
Lys was one of many residents concerned with the rezoning. The city received opposition in the form of five letters from affected property owners and a petition signed by 47 area residents. Resident Jan Radwanski spoke about similar concerns during the Jan. 14 regular council meeting.
Despite resident concerns, the majority of council passed the bylaw amendment in its third and final reading at Monday’s meeting. The bylaw amendment rezones the property from community service and institution district to high-density residential district to allow a developer to construct a five-unit apartment building.
“To defeat the bylaw would mean starting the process again and necessitating advertising costs to identify the zoning change to the neighbourhood and (then) move forward from there,” said Coun. Don Mitchell. “The developer is reluctant on that question and explained his position at the informal meeting we had (Sunday). It would be a setback and added cost obviously for him ... I really appreciate the candidness and engagement of the neighbourhood and also the developer.”
But Coun. Candis Kirkpatrick said she wouldn’t support the bylaw amendment because of resident concerns.
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