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After a more than three hour City of Brandon planning commission meeting, commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday evening to recommend that city council approve a new development at the corner of 18th Street North and Braecrest Drive.
The vote was to recommend that Brandon City Council approve a bylaw to rezone the land and allow it to be subdivided, with the final decision up to councillors.
Of the seven items up for discussion at the meeting, it was the only one to have members of the public speak either in favour or in opposition to it. Community planner Shengxu Li said during the meeting that the city had received 12 written letters opposing the project as well as a petition with 46 signatures also against it.
A proposed development for the same site eight years ago by the same company, Caddy Lake Developments, died after heavy objection from nearby residents at another planning commission meeting.
Much of the opposition to the development stemmed from the increased traffic that it would bring onto Braecrest.
"A recurring concern was that of safety both of children and pedestrians in traffic," meeting chair John Jack Lindsay said during final discussions.
"I am confident as well that concern is shared by the applicant, the applicant doesn’t want to develop properties that people will see as being too dangerous and I am not seeing that as an immediate concern.
"I did note that a number of the applicants both in the letters and in-person made some reference to ‘we don’t want condos.’ Condominiums is just a form of land ownership. It doesn’t mean anything other than the way the land is owned, so that concern should not affect us. The designs of the buildings will come up when it is comes time for the buildings to be designed."
Another concern was that the development might negatively affect drainage on the land. Lindsay said that it would not affect drainage on Braecrest upstream, and how it affects drainage downstream is covered in the submitted drainage plan.
While the previous development planned to create seven condominiums and a single-family home on the lot, the new proposal aims to create two duplexes and a single-family home.
The Sun was unable to report on the outcome of the meeting in Thursday’s paper because it ran past our deadline.
An agenda for next Monday’s Brandon City Council meeting did not show this development as up for discussion.
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