The City of Winnipeg appeal committee (Couns. Sherri Rollins, John Orlikow, Ross Eadie, Vivian Santos) heard arguments from residents opposing the Gertrude Avenue project and four other infill projects Thursday.
198 Hill St. – Appeal by area residents of a decision of the Board of Adjustment to allow the demolition of a 109-year-old, 718-square-foot, single-family home in Norwood -- in the middle of a single-family neighbourhood but an area zoned to allow duplexes -- for the construction of a 30-ft.-tall (nine metres), four-unit rental building. The city planning department supported the project. Councillors voted unanimously to deny the appeal. The project is allowed to proceed.
147 Imperial Ave. – A lot-splitting project to demolish a 90-year-old, 1 1/2-storey home on a 50-ft.-wide (15-m) lot in the Glenwood neighbourhood of north St. Vital, and create two, 25-ft.-wide lots, each with a 1,548-sq.-ft., bi-level home. Area residents appealed the variance given by the Board of Adjustment to the builder which would allow the homes to be constructed on lots that are considered too small. Residents complained this is the eighth lot split on the street. The planning department supported the project and the variance. Councillors voted unanimously to support the appeal. The project cannot proceed.
175 Pilgrim Ave. – A lot-splitting plan to demolish a 66-year-old, 804-sq.-ft. home on a 50-ft. lot in the Glenwood neighbourhood of north St. Vital, and create two, 25-ft.-wide lots, with a two-storey, 874-sq.-ft. home on each. There have been 12 other lot-split projects on Pilgrim Avenue. The proposed new lots are too small and do not conform to current zoning policies, but the Board of Adjustment allowed a variance for the construction on the smaller lots. Area residents appealed the variance order. The planning department supported the project. Councillors voted unanimously to deny the appeal, but directed final design of the new homes will be subject to approval of the councillors on the Riel community committee, and the removal of any trees is subject to an arborist report.
184 Eugenie St. – Residents appealed the Board of Adjustment ruling that will allow the demolition of a 1,583-sq.-ft., 116-year-old, two-storey, single-family home on a 56-ft.-wide lot in St. Boniface for the construction of a four-unit block in a neighbourhood zoned for duplexes. Most of the homes on Eugenie are single-family buildings. The developer originally wanted to build a six-unit luxury condominium complex, but the planning department said it was too large. The only plans submitted at the Thursday hearing were for the original six-unit block. The Board of Adjustment also approved variances to regulations that would allow larger balconies, and fewer and smaller parking spots, and a lack of buffering around the parking area. The builder told the committee if forced to build only four units, the project would become a lower-quality rental complex, but the builder failed to file an appeal of his own. Some residents withdrew their objections when they learned the planning department will allow only four units. One resident maintained his objection, arguing there has been too much infill in the neighbourhood and the project poses a traffic concern. The original six-unit condo proposal was supported by some residents at the hearing. Councillors split on the appeal: Orlikow and Rollins supporting; Eadie and Santos voting against. The decision of the Board of Adjustment stands.
258 Oakdale Dr. – Hearing was rescheduled to another date.
– Aldo Santin