The apartment would replace two houses built in the 1950s. It would be sandwiched between single-level bungalows and across the street from a designated historic home.
City staff will evaluate the proposal based on current policies and community feedback, but will not factor the caveat into its decision. In short, even if it’s approved, there could be a long fight ahead.
“When I look at the debates about this, it’s always very easy to present Glenora as a bunch of entitled NIMBYists,” says David Percy, a board member with the Old Glenora Conservation Association.
Some residents have complained the project would bring unwanted traffic, take up parking space and obstruct views. Percy says his concerns are not about increasing density, but about preservation of architectural heritage and the neighbourhood’s “garden city” design.
The conservation association backed Knack’s recent Direct Control (DC1) zoning proposal, which attempted to draw cohesive guidelines for infill development in Glenora in a way that preserved the community’s aesthetic while allowing some multi-unit housing and giving more clarity on what types of buildings could be permitted.
After council shot down Knack’s motion, which had been in the works for years, residents are once again left fighting what Chris Lefebvre, also a board member with the Conservation Association, says is “a bit of a hodgepodge” when it comes to new development.
“I think people feel a little abandoned by that,” she says, “and maybe a little hopeless when it comes to preserving our green space and heritage homes.”