City council briefs

By Geoff Lee

December 15, 2016 12:00 AM

Bylaw issues on the agenda

No man’s land
Council tackled a number of bylaw issues on its agenda Monday including a proposed rezoning amendment to the land use bylaw that drew flack.
An amendment is required to rezone an odd shaped .22 acre site on 41 Avenue from R2 semi-detached residential to R3 row house.
“When people buy zoned land that’s prezoned and they build a home and the zoning is laid out, they know what could be built beside them,” said Coun. Ken Baker.
He said when you change the zoning after the fact on an isolated parcel in a neighbourhood of single family houses, for example, not everyone’s happy if someone puts row housing in there.
After learning a four-plex unit would be built on the site, council asked for more information including a site plan, an elevation plan and parking details.
“Now we’re asking for more information and when we get that, council can look at and decide with the people who live around there if they’re good with that,” said Baker.
Council passed a motion to deal with it at a later date when they have more information.
Highway corridor
Council amended its land use bylaw to rezone several blocks of Highway 17 south from C5 service commercial to C2 Highway corridor commercial for future development purposes.
The rezoned highway strip totals 97.49 acres with no cost or business impacts to property owners.
Hub door closes
A previous bylaw to authorize the $4.7 million financing of the purchase of the downtown Synergy Credit Union building was repealed.
This brings to an end a proposed project to turn the building into a Community Hub Catalyst for downtown revitalization.

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