Residents on John Huyda Drive don’t like a proposal to subdivide and rezone the property at 774 Bonner Ave.
The existing lot has a house that fronts onto Bonner, but a new proposal calls for three new lots to be created, with one home fronting onto Bonner and two more fronting onto John Huyda. However, residents are concerned about access to the property, as the John Huyda frontage occurs at a 90-degree angle on the street.
After the public hearing, Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) voted to lay over the matter for one month to allow for further community consultation. During the meeting, some John Huyda residents said there wasn’t any notice of the public hearing that was obvious to them, as the sign was placed on the Bonner frontage. Applicant John Wintrup said during the meeting he had consulted with the city about where to place the signage.
The easternmost lot fronting onto John Huyda is proposed to be just over 13,000 square feet and 58 feet wide at its rear property line, while the second lot will also be 50 feet wide, but just under 10,000 square feet in area. The latter lot would also be created by consolidating a triangular, city-owned lot that the City of Winnipeg is prepared to declare as surplus land, which the planner’s report said was always intended since the lot’s creation in 2003.
Wintrup called the development "the logical conclusion of John Huyda Drive," during the meeting. He added the triangular land will be used to create the necessary driveways.
"The approaches will work. They’re a little odd-shaped, but that’s why we need that piece of land from the city," Wintrup said, adding he’s willing to work with the neighbours to figure out where best to locate the houses on the property.
John Huyda resident Harvey Yeo said during the meeting that shoehorning the homes onto the properties just won’t work, saying neighbouring houses like his own should have been oriented differently on the property if development of the land was planned to happen.
"He’s going to drop something in there that’s not going to conform to the rest of the neighbourhood, and here we are, stuck with this so-called postage stamp," he said. "There’s got to be a different way to develop this, maybe one house rather than two."