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Condo plan approved at special meeting

Councillors concerns regarding zoning, LDR funding addressed

Plans for four multi-family dwellings on this property at 861 Panet Rd. were approved by the East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee on Aug. 16. The land is currently zoned for an educational institution, which allows for multi-family development. (SHELDON BIRNIE/CANSTAR/THE HERALD)

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Plans for four multi-family dwellings on this property at 861 Panet Rd. were approved by the East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee on Aug. 16. The land is currently zoned for an educational institution, which allows for multi-family development. (SHELDON BIRNIE/CANSTAR/THE HERALD)

It has been a long time coming, but a proposed multifamily development is moving forward on Panet Road. On Aug. 16, a special meeting of the East Kildonan-Transcona community committee was held where a condo development at 861 Panet Rd. was approved by the committee. Plan approval for the four-building multi-family development had been before the committee twice already, on July 10 and June 12, but it was laid over both times with area councillors requesting further information from the City administration before proceeding with a decision. “The issue that held this up was our concerns, because of the zoning,” Coun. Jason Schreyer (Elmwood-East Kildonan) explained on Aug. 16. The property, which is owned by Gateway Church, is zoned EI (educational institution), which allows for multi-family housing on site, presumably for accommodation for staff and students. However, the zoning does not explicitly forbid private development, either. While the City’s urban planning division recommended the plans be approved in terms of the locations of the principal buildings and their exterior appearance, Couns. Schreyer, Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) and Russ Wyatt (Transcona) had expressed concerns about a potential shortfall in land dedication reserve funding. “We just wanted to make sure we were doing the right thing, with a decision based on caution,” Schreyer said. Marlene Haderer, speaking on behalf of the administration, assured councillors that there was no outstanding land dedication owed for the property at 861 Panet Rd. Councillors were also concerned about setting a precedent for multi-family development on EI zoned land. “The intent of the (EI) zoning and allowance for residential was for supplementary use to educational institution,” Browaty said. “What we’re creating now is a new parcel of land effectively used as RMF-M or RMF-L even.” However, based on the recommendation of the city, area councillors approved the plans for development. “For the record, I’ve had conversations with staff, and the zoning bylaw will be revisited going forward,” Browaty added. Once their concerns were resolved, both Schreyer and Browaty said they were pleased to see dense residential development in the area. “In terms of a location, this is quite appropriate,” Browaty said. The approval of the plans was part of the condition of sale to the developer, Seymour Pacific Developments and Broadstreet Properties. “The reason for sale is funds need to be freed up for us to move forward with our plans,” explained Dale Janisse of Gateway Church, who are selling both the site in question and the neighbouring 851 Panet Rd. site of King’s School. “That money will help church and school fund expansion.” Gateway Church plans to retain a congregation on Panet Road, but are also in the process of setting up a new location for the church and school in West St. Paul.

It has been a long time coming, but a proposed multifamily development is moving forward on Panet Road.

On Aug. 16, a special meeting of the East Kildonan-Transcona community committee was held where a condo development at 861 Panet Rd. was approved by the committee.

Plan approval for the four-building multi-family development had been before the committee twice already, on July 10 and June 12, but it was laid over both times with area councillors requesting further information from the City administration before proceeding with a decision.

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It has been a long time coming, but a proposed multifamily development is moving forward on Panet Road.
On Aug. 16, a special meeting of the East Kildonan-Transcona community committee was held where a condo development at 861 Panet Rd. was approved by the committee. 
Plan approval for the four-building multi-family development had been before the committee twice already, on July 10 and June 12, but it was laid over both times with area councillors requesting further information from the City administration before proceeding with a decision.
"The issue that held this up was our concerns, because of the zoning," Coun. Jason Schreyer (Elmwood-East Kildonan) explained on Aug. 16.
The property, which is owned by Gateway Church, is zoned EI (educational institution), which allows for multi-family housing on site, presumably for accommodation for staff and students. However, the zoning does not explicitly forbid private development, either.
While the City’s urban planning division recommended the plans be approved in terms of the locations of the principal buildings and their exterior appearance, Couns. Schreyer, Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) and Russ Wyatt (Transcona) had expressed concerns about a potential shortfall in land dedication reserve funding. 
"We just wanted to make sure we were doing the right thing, with a decision based on caution," Schreyer said. 
Marlene Haderer, speaking on behalf of the administration, assured councillors that there was no outstanding land dedication owed for the property at 861 Panet Rd.
Councillors were also concerned about setting a precedent for multi-family development on EI zoned land. 
"The intent of the (EI) zoning and allowance for residential was for supplementary use to educational institution," Browaty said. "What we’re creating now is a new parcel of land effectively used as RMF-M or RMF-L even."
However, based on the recommendation of the city, area councillors approved the plans for development.
"For the record, I’ve had conversations with staff, and the zoning bylaw will be revisited going forward," Browaty added.
Once their concerns were resolved, both Schreyer and Browaty said they were pleased to see dense residential development in the area.
"In terms of a location, this is quite appropriate," Browaty said.
The approval of the plans was part of the condition of sale to the developer, Seymour Pacific Developments and Broadstreet Properties.
"The reason for sale is funds need to be freed up for us to move forward with our plans," explained Dale Janisse of Gateway Church, who are selling both the site in question and the neighbouring 851 Panet Rd. site of King’s School. "That money will help church and school fund expansion."
Gateway Church plans to retain a congregation on Panet Road, but are also in the process of setting up a new location for the church and school in West St. Paul.

It has been a long time coming, but a proposed multifamily development is moving forward on Panet Road.

On Aug. 16, a special meeting of the East Kildonan-Transcona community committee was held where a condo development at 861 Panet Rd. was approved by the committee. 

Plan approval for the four-building multi-family development had been before the committee twice already, on July 10 and June 12, but it was laid over both times with area councillors requesting further information from the City administration before proceeding with a decision.

"The issue that held this up was our concerns, because of the zoning," Coun. Jason Schreyer (Elmwood-East Kildonan) explained on Aug. 16.

The property, which is owned by Gateway Church, is zoned EI (educational institution), which allows for multi-family housing on site, presumably for accommodation for staff and students. However, the zoning does not explicitly forbid private development, either.

While the City’s urban planning division recommended the plans be approved in terms of the locations of the principal buildings and their exterior appearance, Couns. Schreyer, Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) and Russ Wyatt (Transcona) had expressed concerns about a potential shortfall in land dedication reserve funding. 

We just wanted to make sure we were doing the right thing, with a decision based on caution.

"We just wanted to make sure we were doing the right thing, with a decision based on caution," Schreyer said. 

Marlene Haderer, speaking on behalf of the administration, assured councillors that there was no outstanding land dedication owed for the property at 861 Panet Rd.

Councillors were also concerned about setting a precedent for multi-family development on EI zoned land. 

"The intent of the (EI) zoning and allowance for residential was for supplementary use to educational institution," Browaty said. "What we’re creating now is a new parcel of land effectively used as RMF-M or RMF-L even."

However, based on the recommendation of the city, area councillors approved the plans for development.

"For the record, I’ve had conversations with staff, and the zoning bylaw will be revisited going forward," Browaty added.

Once their concerns were resolved, both Schreyer and Browaty said they were pleased to see dense residential development in the area.

"In terms of a location, this is quite appropriate," Browaty said.

The approval of the plans was part of the condition of sale to the developer, Seymour Pacific Developments and Broadstreet Properties.

"The reason for sale is funds need to be freed up for us to move forward with our plans," explained Dale Janisse of Gateway Church, who are selling both the site in question and the neighbouring 851 Panet Rd. site of King’s School. "That money will help church and school fund expansion."

Gateway Church plans to retain a congregation on Panet Road, but are also in the process of setting up a new location for the church and school in West St. Paul.

Sheldon Birnie

Sheldon Birnie
Community journalist — The Herald

Sheldon Birnie is the community journalist for The Herald Email him at sheldon.birnie@canstarnews.com Call him at 204-697-7112

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