City turns down request for two-family homes and more street parking

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After a public hearing on Monday evening, city council have rejected a request for more R2 zoning in Garrison Landing. The request also called for four parking spots per home.

Proponent of the request, Greg Gillespie of Western Property Group, advocated for more affordable housing for families, though council had concerns about this creating density in subdivisions.

One of the other main reasons the request was denied because it called for the streets to be nine metres wide. Councillors took issue with it, citing it as a potential hazard – not just because of street parked cars blocking the view of drivers and pedestrians, but also because of snow plows, ambulances and fire trucks needing a safe way to get through the street.

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A member of the audience, Tammie Kearns, spoke up about her experiences owning one side of a duplex in the new subdivision. Her daughter, living in the other side of the duplex, has problems getting out of her own driveway due to cars obstructing her view and taking up space on the narrow roads.

“Already people are being discouraged from buying the new phases, because of what they see already. It’s discouraging when you feel like our city is finally getting a nice subdivision with walking trails, and city-type atmosphere, and all the nice stuff that is supposed to be there, then it’s just kind of muddled up with all the issues with owning a work truck, ” she says. “Each family member has a vehicle. If you have a kid, they have a vehicle. Then there’s the work truck … then the boat.”

More about the proposal can be found here.

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