Granny flat will accommodate owner’s mother

Joy Magnusson hopes her mother will be able to age in place at her home near Puntledge Park in Courtenay.

Magnusson has applied for a zoning amendment for a detached secondary residence — also known as a granny flat — at 191 Willemar Ave.

At a public hearing Monday at city council, she said one person has expressed concern that the proposal would increase traffic and noise in the neighbourhood.

When she purchased the property several years ago, Magnusson said she removed heaps of refuse that the previous owner had dumped in Morrison Creek.

The property and proposed flat are within 30 metres of the creek.

“It is disappointing to see that encroachment in these zones is still being proposed by landowners,” a member of the Morrison Creek Streamkeepers states in a letter to the City.

Magnussen said a specialist has stated in a report that the proposed suite is outside a fish enhancement area.

She feels her proposal “aligns with council objectives” concerning densification and housing stock.

Neil Crouch, whose son lives across from Magnusson, spoke favorably about the idea.

“He’s (son) very encouraging about densification,” Crouch said. “He can see no reason to not accommodate a family.”

Though she’s not against a house extension, First Street resident Susan Willis would like the City to halt construction and development until it solves sewer issues. She had sewer in her basement on a few occasions starting in October.

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