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Small-unit housing project rejected for Sutherland Avenue

Monday, February 8th, 2010 | 2:56 pm

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Kelowna Coun. Robert Hobson, is finishing up his term as UBCM president.

Council has balked at sending an zoning change application for a 39-unit condo project, with none of the units bigger than 900 square feet, to a public hearing.

Applicant Walter Weisstock proposed the 4.5 storey building for Sutherland Avenue near Richter as market housing with all except two penthouse units ranging in size from 350 to 700 square feet.

Staff had recommended council not support the zoning change application, citing its incompatibility with the largely single-family neighbourhood.

The applicant told council at current rates, the units would sell from between $117,000 to $229,000, helping fill a gap in affordable housing in that price range.

Because of the change in zoning density from RU6 to RM5 multiple family –

two steps under current definition – city staff had asked Weisstock to sign a housing agreement.

However, he told council that no bank would touch the financing with such an agreement attached to the title.

Weisstock pointed out the current zoning allows carriage houses, which are not much smaller than the building he proposed.

In the end, council sided with staff in turning down the zoning application.

“I can see his logic…and I like the idea of smaller units, but I don’t think it fits the neighbourhood even if we don’t have a housing agreement,” said Coun. Robert Hobson.

Other councillors seemed to agree and the project was rejected unanimously.

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One Response to “Small-unit housing project rejected for Sutherland Avenue”

  1. John Zeger says:
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    Amazing! City council actually did something right.

    Please continue discussion on the forum: link

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