Town considers zoning amendment

Town considers zoning amendment

A rezoning and three-lot subdivision at 312 Chardonnay Avenue will be the subject of a public hearing on Nov. 12.

By Lyonel Doherty

Town council is reviewing a zoning amendment request that will facilitate a three-lot subdivision planned for new homes at 312 Chardonnay Avenue.

Director of Development Services Randy Houle has recommended the rezoning proceed to public hearing on Nov. 12.

Houle said the applicant wants to amend the zoning from Residential High Density One to Residential Low Density Four to accommodate the subdivision in which a single-family dwelling will be constructed on each lot.

Houle reported the lot was created in 2005 as part of a larger subdivision in the Tucelnuit area. He noted the surrounding area is comprised of low-density residential development.

According to Houle, the Official Community Plan designation for this site supports the proposed rezoning.

“The current proposal will convert an underutilized lot into three new single-family homes in a desirable area,” he said.

Houle said in order to provide adequate driveway access to the new homes, two boulevard trees will have to be relocated.

Council discussed the issue on Monday.

Houle said Lots A and B will be accessed from Meadows Drive, while Lot C will be accessed off Chardonnay Ave.

Mayor Martin Johansen expressed his concern that the three lots will stand out as very small lots compared to other adjacent lots.

Councillor Dave Mattes said a previous delegation of residents asked council to force a zoning change because they did not want to see six-plexes on the property.

“I think the residents will prefer this over six-plexes, he said.

Mattes said the math he did indicates you can put a 2,500 square foot house there and still meet all the setbacks.