Regina neighbourhood wins zoning battle
After some residents of a Regina neighbourhood spoke out about a proposed apartment building in their area, city council has turned down a developer's request for a zoning change.
The residents believe the scale of the development is inappropriate for their community.
"The sheer size of the proposal just does not match the landscape," Danielle Goulden, one Arnheim resident, told CBC News.
The developer, Brett Ackerman, needed a zoning change for the four-storey building to go up.
But on Monday night city council members turned down the request, agreeing with residents who were concerned the building would not fit in with the rest of the area.
"I'm not overly surprised," Ackerman said after council made its decision. "There was a lot of area opposition."
Ackerman had proposed the apartment block be designated for low-income seniors, but even that did not sway council.
"Unfortunately the city didn't feel that there was a need for 55-plus housing in inner city areas," Ackerman said with a sarcastic tone to his voice. Regina has been trying to find way to solve an affordable housing shortage.
According to Ackerman, similar apartment complexes have been built in nearby neighbourhoods.
"I think it's a few select people in the area who have really got the neighbours rattled," Ackerman said, adding he believes some misinformation had been circulated about his Arnheim proposal.
Ackerman said he has spoken to people in the area who were interesting in moving into the development.
"They've been in their home for 40, 50, 60 years and they can't keep up with yard upkeep," he said. "[They want] to stay in the area, so that's where the idea came for a new apartment building."
Regina's planning commission recommended against the zoning designation.
Ackerman said the property will remain as it is, a rental property, while he evaluates how to proceed.
With files from CBC's Dean Gutheil and Drew Fossum