Some residents say an addition to a house on the banks of the Detroit River in Windsor is costing them their view.
Coun. Drew Dilkens says a change is needed to the zoning bylaw to prevent from what's happening in the 11000 block of Riverside Drive East from happening again.
"What's happened is the owners of the property have used a loophole that exists in the bylaw that allows them to create effectively another storey, without actually putting a full ceiling on the second storey, and so this house, in fact, if anyone looks at it, would say it's at least a three-storey home," Dilkens explained. "We need to close that loophole, because what happens, the height of the buildings, this one in particular on Riverside Drive, is impeding the view of its neighbour next door."
The owners of that smaller home, Alex Kondruk and his wife Doreen, are angry and complaining to the city. They say they returned from a four month vacation in Florida and were surprised to see their neighbour had made a large addition right next door.
They complained to the city's Planning and Advisory committee.
"We've lived here for 44 years. We've been taxpayers for 70 years in the city of Windsor," said Doreen. "I just want a law made so it doesn't happen to other people."
Councillor Percy Hatfield said the planning department will work to close the loophole for future development.
"On a go forward basis we want to make sure that any place else in a similar situation is governed by a clearer definition of heigth restricition as opposed to two storeys," said Hatfield.
However, the owner of the home, Mark Clark, said he's done nothing wrong.
"I followed all the rules all the bylaws and everything the city has to offer," said Clark. "I don't know what the problem is. Their [the Kondruk's] field of view for the new structure is better for the lake because the house that was there was a rectangle and so it set just as far back north on the lake side. So it restricted their view more."
The planning advisory committe has instructed the planning department to come up with a new draft bylaw based on height rather than the number of stories and report back to the planning advisory committee as soon as possible.