Objections to a new house being built over perceived negative impacts to a Coldstream neighbourhood failed to sway local politicians.
Coldstream council approved a variance permit application for a corner lot on Coldstream Creek Road which will allow for the subdivision and development of a home on the side street (Pine Drive).
“The semi-rural, wide open space that they have right now is going to be affected,” said lawyer Ed Woolley, representing the neighbours who signed a petition opposing the variance.
“This is why most of the people bought in that neighbourhood to begin with.”
Along with setting a precedent for future variances, Woolley says the market value will be affected by the development. “People who are looking for that semi-rural, wide open space, that’s going to be taken away by this development.”
Pine Drive resident Victor Dumanovsky says this application is going to benefit one person and upset the neighbours.
“I’m not against development but it doesn’t take an artistic eye to walk down our street and see it will look wrong.”
But applicant Paul Chirkoff says the new home will not negatively impact the neighbourhood, it will benefit it.
“It would blend in with the rest of the subdivision. It would complete the subdivision plan as originally intended by my family.”
Coun. Gyula Kiss also points out that the new home will result in two additional sewer connections.
“That would be a benefit to the municipality in more than one way,” said Kiss of the additional revenue for sewer operations.
Chirkoff agrees that the benefit to the region is broader.
“As a community we need to promote the maximizing use of land.”