Spruce Street Project Takes Heat, Project Denied
Prince George, B.C.- A proposal to rezone a lot on Spruce Street has raised the hackles of residents in the neighbourhood, and Council heard their concerns.
The applicant wanted to rezone just under one hectare of land that is wedged in between Spruce street on the west, Van Bien to the east and highway 97 to the north. The project called for the development of a mix of residential units, including single family, duplex and town houses, up to a maximum of 23 housing units in all.
That level of density didn’t sit well with the neighbours, or with some members of council.
Residents are concerned the development will add to traffic and parking problems in their neighbourhood. They also expressed concern over the loss of greenspace.
Project developers wanted to put some rumours to rest, saying this is not a low income housing project “It was never our intent to build such a development” said Darren Porsnuk. He said the units would sell for about $350 thousand dollars each, and is aimed at snowbirds and double income earners.
But area residents say the design of the project does not match the form and character of the existing neighbourhood which has large lots with single family homes. They raised concerns about increased traffic on area roads, which are already seeing plenty of traffic and plenty of vehicles parking on the street.
Councillor Brian Skakun said he could not support the rezoning noting the traffic concerns “Trying to stuff this in, is just going to make a bad problem worse.”
Councillor Scott also spoke against the project saying “It is a great idea, but it’s in the wrong place.
Councillor Frank Everitt also opposed the application, as did Mayor Lyn Hall. “I certainly am a strong supporter of development in our community”, said Mayor Hall but added there are instances that come forward where he has to take a long hard look at what is being presented, and this was one of those cases “In light of what I’m hearing tonight, specifically around the densification, that’s a piece for me in this particular neighbourhood that I need to question.” Mayor Hall says while increased density makes sense in other locations, “In this particular neighbourhood, I have a real concern.”
there’s a good lot for this on 17th, near Kenwood st. i wanted to build such a thing there but never will b/c i can’t afford it so i’m throwing it out there.
TheMiddlePath: Who are you? Do you own the lot on 17th? The lot is a mess and needs cleaned up. If you want to see it developed talk to the Neighbours and get their input, we are a great area with good people living in it. We would like to see something nice go into that lot, like some nice up scale Condos maybe with some small shops under them or offices. We do not want a Homeless shelter built there. Why not team up with a builder if you can not afford to develop, like Joe M.
did anyone hear about the application by aimhi to develop land along davie ave in Lakewood? I can’t find anything about it…
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