4025 Roblin development approved

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The Assiniboia community committee held its second meeting of the year on Jan. 28.

Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West), Coun. Scott Gillingham (St. James), and Coun. Kevin Klein (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood) voted unanimously to approve an illuminated freestanding fascia sign located on the north side of Sterling Lyon Parkway, near Kenaston Boulevard. The sign will be located on the grounds of the Porsche dealership.

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Katlyn Streilein The Assiniboia Community Committee approved the zoning variance for a 199-unit dwelling at 4025 Roblin Blvd. The councillors voted 2-1 to nix the developer’s variance request.

The committee unanimously passed Lukes’ motion to conduct traffic assessments at the intersection of Markham Road between Pembina Highway and Chancellor Drive and Gull Lake Road between Markham Road and Chancellor Drive.

This assessment would allow the city to track the speed and volume of traffic before and after the construction of a multi-family dwelling at the corner of Gull Lake Road and Markham Road.

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The public hearing portion of the day’s proceedings, which lasted over 10 hours, revolved around a rezoning and variance application for 4025 Roblin Blvd., located in the Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood ward. The committee unanimously approved the rezoning application, with amendments, and voted 2-1 to drop the developer’s variance requests.

The 4.5-acre slice of land that will hold the new development is bordered to the east by William R. Clement Parkway, to the south by Roblin Boulevard, and to the west by McQuaker Drive.

The site currently contains a three-storey multi-family residential building, the Odd Fellows Home. This 30-unit dwelling will be kept, and a new 199-unit multi-family building is slated to be built on the same site. The new L-shaped building will be located on the southeast corner of the property, which will be rezoned from multi-family (small) to residential multi-family (large).

The councillors agreed on a series of amendments to the zoning proposal: the building’s heights as measured from grade to top of roof should be limited to a maximum of 79 ft.; no buildings or structures can be built within 98 ft. of the north property line; no structures or buildings can be built within 65 ft. of the west property line; and no vehicular access will be permitted to the site from McQuaker Drive.

The applicant’s variance request was dropped. The request called for balcony projections to be increased from 1.52 metres to 2.27 metres and for a rear yard of 6.10 metres in length instead of 7.64 metres. Lukes voted against dropping the variance request because shorter balconies may negatively impact the development’s future residents, namely older adults and seniors, she said.

“To have a balcony nominal feet bigger so people can sit outside and enjoy the green space and the fresh air … Why would we make the balconies smaller? That’s horrible. I think that’s terrible,” Lukes said.

The 4025 Roblin Blvd. development proposal will now move to the city council for consideration.

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The committee unanimously approved Klein’s recommendation that the standing policy committee on property and development, heritage, and downtown development consider the nomination of the Odd Fellows Home (4025 Roblin Blvd.) for addition to the city’s list of historical resources. The building was built in 1922. The standing policy committee must report back within 90 days.

Katlyn Streilein

Katlyn Streilein
Community Journalist

Katlyn Streilein is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. She can be reached by phone at 204-697-7132 or by email at katlyn.streilein@canstarnews.com

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