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Re-zoning application from Dunvegan Gardens denied

Last Updated May 16, 2018 at 11:24 am MDT

PHOTO. Supplied. Dunvegan Gardens.

Council has denied the application from Dunvegan Gardens to re-zone from their current zoning to Direct Control Village Commercial District.

Legal Services for the municipality said there are plenty of concerns if the bylaw amendment to change the zoning were approved, including a legal challenge.

The application was denied in an 8-1 vote, with Councillor Meagher being the only one to vote in favour of the bylaw amendment.

Michelle Hondl of Draper said that she hopes that the laws will now be enforced.

“Any business or resident should be applauding this decision. It’s not fair to anyone in the municipality that one business gets precedence over anybody else.”

After the vote, Mayor Don Scott attempted to bring forward a motion with six suggestions to work with Dunvegan, which was voted down 7-2.

Councillor Verna Murphy said she felt approving the proposed motion would be disrespectful to the residents of Draper and other small businesses in the region.

“I don’t want to see them close, but I wanted to respect the process and uphold the law.”

She added that commercializing Draper would change the rural character of the community.

In the end, council voted unanimously to look into the cost of paving roads within the community of Draper to eliminate some of the dust disturbed by vehicles.

Dunvegan Gardens will be able to submit another application is six months.