A developer's attempts to ease neighbours' anger over a controversial multi-family project goes to a public hearing on Tuesday.
But the revamped version of the Van Horne Drive development, which is down to 58 units from 64, adds more parking and widens setbacks, may not be enough to answer criticism.
The project is planned for a 2.2-hectare lot between Aberdeen elementary and single-family homes.
City council denied Craftsman Ventures' rezoning application last spring after more than 50 residents spoke against the proposal for more than three hours.
On July 23, the firm publicly displayed an amended project for concerned neighbours, which many opponents also rejected.
"My concerns have not changed," said Hal Peterson, who has lived on a lot abutting the proposed development site for 26 years.
Peterson said he does not think the project is a "done deal," as he's heard some suggest, and he intends to make his opposition heard until the end, whichever way it goes.
"The fat lady hasn't even begun warming up her vocal cords yet," he said.
Several dozen opponents say stacked or connected units do not conform with the neighbourhood's single-family dwellings and the inevitable increase in traffic poses a risk to schoolchildren.
"What I voiced at the last public meeting was instead of having duplexes, triplexes and apartments, that they make it all single family as everything else is the neighbourhood," said Peterson.
"I'll be negatively impacted by the sheer volume of extra traffic coming in and out. Just because they've got down to fewer units and have got a little more setback . . ."
Neighbours like Tony Greenidge, who lives across the street from the proposal and watches deer migrating off the mountain, said the project would devalue property by blocking views of mountains and the North Thompson River.
"The green space that this property currently offers is much more valuable now and will be in the future than the homes and pavement that will replace it."
The amended development increases the distance between buildings on the site and the adjacent homes to the north from about eight metres to 29 metres.
Visitor parking was increased from 17 stalls to 24.
And a revised shadow impact study shows that trees currently standing on the lot create a bigger impact on neighbours' homes than the development would have.
A restrictive covenant would ensure the tallest building is four storeys and only permitted on the southeast corner of the lot next to undeveloped space.
The developer also must give $45,000 to help address groundwater concerns.