Council agrees on amendment to Garrison Landing plan

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — City Council has approved an amendment to the neighbourhood structure plan for the Garrison Landing development.

Last year, Council did not give the greenlight to the rezoning for the proposed R2 lots in phase four, as the roads had already been constructed to be nine metres wide — unanimously seen as too narrow by Council.

The developers, Western Canadian Properties Group, have requested a revision to the NSP for phases six and seven, with the revised plan seeing 11 metres wide.

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When discussing the proposed amendment, Councillor Byron Stewart questioned the purpose of increasing the density on the remaining phases when many homes have been built as R1-zoned property.

Mayor Lori Ackerman said the construction of homes with legal secondary suites would meet the demands of increasing density, but also remaining homes where families and homeowners live.

Many buildings already exist in the Garrison Landing neighbourhood, and while phases three and five will carry on as planned, phases six and seven will be zoned as R2.

“The proposed R2 lots are peppered throughout Phases 4, 6 and 7 and are separated in an effort to mitigate parking congestion and blend the two different housing options,” a report from Western Canadian Properties Group reads.

“All proposed R2 lots will allow for suited, single-family homes and shall be under Covenant such that no duplexes are permitted.”

An administrative report presented to Council says, ‘specific details will be worked through at the detailed design stage based on requirements in the City’s Zoning and Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaws.’

Phase 1 of Garrison Landing was started fall of 2012 and finished in 2013, following endorsement by Council to move into the development and design stages.

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