Vernon Council is supporting a proposal for more rental housing in the city — despite concerns from nearby residents.
Council has granted a parking variance to a company planning a 60 unit rental apartment on Centennial Drive.
Development manager Pascal-Toupin- Selinger says it will be a mixture of 1 to 3 bedroom units.
“We have come to Vernon because there is a very lack of rental housing for all ages. We have identified a need, especially for young people to have rental apartments available.”
The variance will allow the building to have 69 parking spaces, instead of the normal 99, which opponents say is a dramatic change.
Stan Lawlor from the nearby Royal Village strata says it will cause on-street parking and other problems.
” We believe as we will attempt to demonstrate that it set a dangerous precedent in the community and basically it will have a tendency to gut the zoning bylaw as it relates to parking.”
Pascal-Toupin-Selinger says each unit will get one parking space, and other forms of transportation will be encouraged.
“Using transit passes, increased bicycle storage. We believe we have a development here that will cater to the client market.”
The company behind the project is Ironclad Developments based in Winnipeg and has built several other rental apartment complexes.