By Kyle Reid
Council prepares to approve 4-storey apartments for Mount Carson
A proposed Mount Carson Terrace apartment building will go through a second round of public input after city council approved two amendments at its March 20 regular meeting that will make way for the four-storey complex.
The proposed apartment complex was the subject of a January 23 public hearing, which was sparked after council received correspondence from a number of residents expressing their concerns about the Donovan Homes development. Councillor Bill Antle said that council had received six letters, five e-mails and two petitions — one with 72 signatures and another with 47 signatures — after they had notified residents of the intent to amend the municipal plan. The new amendments were unanimously approved and will grant council the authority to consider a building up to a height of six storeys. The present regulations would allow a three storey apartment complex in the area.
“When we did the public hearing there was a fair number of people who came out and voiced their concerns,” said Councillor Lucy Stoyles.
Stoyles said the residents were mostly concerned about increased traffic in the Mount Carson area, and shadowing created by the addition of the extra storey. In response to those concerns, Antle, who co-chairs the planning and development committee with Stoyles, explained that shadowing simulations run by the city showed no marked increase in shadowing by adding the extra storey. Antle noted that while traffic concerns weren’t considered as part of the amendment process, they will be addressed as part of the final permit application. Antle maintained the addition of the extra storey is unlikely to increase traffic in the area.
“It was noted that there would likely be little, negligible difference in traffic when comparing the proposed four storey building versus the permitted three storey building and five single family dwellings,” said Antle.
Following Antle’s briefing, Stoyles echoed his comments regarding resident concerns about increased traffic in the area if the apartment complex is approved.
“We want to assure residents that an extra storey, we certainly don’t feel, that it’s going to (have) much of an impact on traffic in that area,” said Stoyles.
Deputy Mayor Jim Locke noted the amendments do not grant approval for the applicant’s building permit, but rather pave the way for council to grant permission for the building. Should council receive another round of written concerns from residents, approval of the applicant’s permit will become the subject of another public hearing, scheduled for Thursday, April 5.
“Overall it seems to be a pretty good proposal,” said Stoyles. “And let’s face it, we have to grow.”