Courtenay council

Mixed feelings about rezoning application in Courtenay

Sean and Katie Doran hope to add a secondary suite to their East Courtenay home to accommodate their daughter, but some property owners in the vicinity of Mantle and Evergreen harbour concerns about rezoning in the neighbourhood.

The Dorans live at 1081 Mantle Dr.

Evergreen Avenue resident Heather Douglas is concerned about demographic changes and resulting parking challenges if the 15-plus houses on the block applied for secondary suites.

“I appreciate the need for it, but would like consideration of the neighbourhood,” Douglas said Monday at a public hearing at Courtenay council.

She encouraged council to take a drive through the neighbourhood, where residents know each other’s names.

Knight Street resident John Dove appreciates the quiet of his street, which is about 30 feet wide. If it underwent re-zonings for secondary suites, he questions how the street could be plowed when it snows.

“Demographics are changing, and not for the better,” Dove said.

The Doran’s daughter is on a personal disability, and had been paying more than $700 a month for a small place. Sean understands the parking concerns, but said his daughter does not own a vehicle.

The planned renovations are relatively small, with a side entrance to the suite, he added.

“We have more than adequate parking,” Sean said. “The suite easily fits into the guidelines.”

“Financially it’s very difficult for her,” Katie said of their daughter, who would be able to walk to the hospital or college from her parent’s house.

Evergreen resident Karen Murray supports the Doran’s application, as does Mantle Drive residents Maureen and Robert Davidson — who might be helping their parents in the future.

Council will consider the matter at a later date.

•Council approved third reading of a council remuneration bylaw. As of Jan. 1, the mayor will receive an annual payment of $72,300. Each councillor will receive $25,332.

For the calendar year 2022, and for each year of a local government election, the annual council remuneration will be reviewed through a market review process.



reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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