BRIEF: Margetts Street residents oppose townhouse development on Kingfisher

Townhouse development could impact neighbourhood, residents argue.

Many residents of Margetts Street have rallied against a proposal to build a town house complex along Kingfisher Avenue near the golf course.

The development would pit three-storey townhomes against Margetts residents’ backyards, and a list of potential problems and concerns were put on council’s lap at their July 7 meeting.

The presentation by residents came as council re-entertained a zoning application by the property developer to allow an extra 14 units over the existing allowable 40.

Council had struck down the application which typically creates a six month buffer before an applicant can return on the same issue, but the Community Charter does give a mayor the ability to bring an item up within 30 days.

Councillors did approve first and second reading for the zoning bylaw amendment that would allow the extra 14 units. This sets off the process again of public consultation and review by the Advisory Planning Commission.

Since it is revisiting a previous motion, the motion on July 7 had to pass with at least four members of council in favour.

Phil Germuth was the sole opponent to the motion. The remainder of Mario Feldhoff, Edwin Empinado, Rob Goffinet and Joanne Monaghan were in favour. Mary Murphy was excused on a conflict of interest during the vote.

 

Longer article with concerns from Margetts Street residents available here.

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