Public hearing on Aberdeen housing development
A public hearing set for Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. is expected to generate some heat as a controversial 64-unit housing development next to Aberdeen elementary comes up for discussion.
The public hearing will be held at the Kamloops Convention Centre, 1250 Rogers Way.
Developers Craftsman Ventures wants the 2.23-hectare lot at 2171 Van Horne Dr. rezoned for multi-family use.
It’s currently zoned for a church.
The proposed project would include a mix of duplexes and triplexes, as well as a four-storey apartment building.
However, many in the area are resistant to the plan, which they say doesn’t fit the character of the neighbourhood and could cause further water issues for those below the development.
In one of a dozen submissions against the project sent to the city, Edly and Vivian Phillips said they bought their Van Horne Drive home in part because they might some day be able to attend church in their neighbourhood.
“Not only are we flabbergasted about the proposed rezoning, but shocked about the developers’ multi-family proposal, which flies in the face of the character of the existing single-family residences,” they wrote.
Only one neighbour has written in to support the project.
Dan Knecht said he is confident city staff will address groundwater, view and traffic issues in the area, and is in favour of the development.