Sunday April 20, 2014

Rezoning again rejected for Tinniswood secondary suite

Several neighbours show at public hearing to speak against it

Two council members reversed their previous decisions on a proposed secondary suite rezoning for a Tinniswood Court home Tuesday night, but the ensuing result was the same.

Council rejected the application, despite staff’s recommendation, that would have seen Jordan Lester put a one-bedroom basement suite into his home.

Many of his neighbours showed up at a public hearing Tuesday night to speak against the proposal for the second time.

Lester’s first public hearing on the rezoning was held earlier this fall. Councillors voted five to four against it.

On Tuesday night, the vote was the same for Lester’s second public hearing after his appeal last month during which he promised to keep the suite restricted to a one bedroom.

Coun. Ken Christian, who voted against the first rezoning, changed his mind to favour it Tuesday night, saying he didn’t feel the addition of the suite would hugely affect the quality of life on the street and that it fit KamPlan’s goal of infill and affordable housing.

But Coun. Arjun Singh, who voted for the first rezoning, also changed his mind and opposed it. He said he struggled with which way to go, but ultimately couldn’t support the zoning change.

During a two and a half hour public hearing, neighbours pointed out that the street is narrow and it gets even narrower in the winter when snow piles up along the sides of the road. There are no sidewalks, pushing children headed to school and other pedestrians into the middle of the road.

And there is little parking in some parts of the road.

Lester promised to create a parking stall for a tenant in his front yard beside his two-car-wide driveway. He also promised he and his wife, who have two young children, have no plans to sell or rent out the entire house.

Another resident said of the 22 households on Tinniswood, 17 were opposed. Of the five in favour, one is Lester, one is selling and one is a new arrival.

Lester can still take in a boarder, but can’t provide a separate kitchen.

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