Court rules against appeal of Westgate school expansion
Residents' association denied appeal of school expansion
The expansion of a Westgate-area school will go ahead, despite strong opposition from residents in the area.
Westgate Mennonite Collegiate has a $7-million plan for a 4,700-square-foot addition that includes massive renovations, a new atrium and an accessibility elevator.
But residents in the area say the expansion at 86 West Gate will bring increased traffic to already narrow streets.
Residents are also concerned about previous expansions. The school has expanded at least twice before and is stretching the boundaries of the city's zoning bylaw.
The expansion plan originally received city approval, but the Armstrong's Point Residents’ Association appealed the decision to the city.
When that appeal was denied, the association took the matter to court.
They said the city violated its own rules when it approved Westgate’s expansion.
On Friday, the court ruled against the association, leaving the door open to Westgate to expand.
A representative for the residents’ association said they are now deciding how to best proceed.
Construction is set to begin on the expansion in September.