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CHANGES COMING – This house and garage at 21 12th Ave. are set to be demolished and replaced by townhouses.

Council paves way for Porter Creek townhouses

A five-unit townhouse development has been approved for a Porter Creek property.

By Stephanie Waddell on June 13, 2018

A five-unit townhouse development has been approved for a Porter Creek property.

In a 6-1 vote Monday evening, council passed the final two readings of a zoning amendment for 21 12th Ave. to allow for the proposed townhouse plan.

To the zoning change, council attached a limit of five units and a maximum height of 10 metres.

Coun. Samson Hartland, who attended the meeting via conference call, was the only council member to vote against the rezoning.

He said he was “very uncomfortable” going ahead with the rezoning right now. That’s due to the concerns that have arisen around the location, the impact on neighbouring homes, and a number of studies planned to be done around traffic and pedestrian safety.

The final readings on the zoning change had been deferred in May. That happened following numerous anxieties from residents around traffic, parking, noise and the building height.

Also cited were the ongoing issues centred on vehicles speeding along the wide, smooth avenue.

Last month, Art Kehler, who owns the property with his partner, Lilibeth Gallanosa, provided details of the plans. He noted they took no issue with a height and unit limit on the development nor parking restrictions on the road (with enough space for 20 vehicles in the proposed development).

Kehler also pointed to plans to move the driveway for the new structure further away from the crosswalk where the current driveway is.

He noted the issues of constant speeding along 12th Avenue have little to do with the plans for the property, a site he said he and Gallanosa want to improve with the new homes.

The property currently features a single detached home with a double garage and a yard behind the home. The house will be demolished to make way for the new units.

Coun. Jocelyn Curteanu voted to go ahead with the final two readings for the rezoning.

She said she received more information about the project, including the plans to move the driveway. Consequently, many of her concerns were addressed, particularly those about children using the crosswalk to get to nearby Jack Hulland Elementary School.

Curteanu also commented that she’s looking forward to the studies being done on traffic and pedestrian safety in the area.

Councillors Rob Fendrick and Betty Irwin also said the site plans and limits put on the project address concerns that have come up around it.

In particular, Irwin highlighted the site plans showing ample room for parking and the five units being placed sideways to 12th Avenue rather than directly fronting the street.

“I think it will be a good addition in the neighbourhood,” Irwin said.

The owners of the property were not available for comment on council’s decision before press time this afternoon.

Comments (2)

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My Opinion on Jun 14, 2018 at 10:39 pm

Those lots are wonderful and people should appreciate what they have. Keep fighting.

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Andy on Jun 13, 2018 at 4:29 pm

This is the right choice here. Folks in PC should get used to this trend. Densification will happen in PC with their massive lots. More affordable units like this are required in Whitehorse.

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