Neighbourhood dispute escalates

Concerns of residents in the 1300 block of 13th Ave SE regarding a particular neighbour have been noted by city council

  • Aug. 18, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Concerns of residents in the 1300 block of 13th Ave SE regarding a particular neighbour have been noted by city council.

Last week, council discussed several letters (the majority a form letter with different signatures) received by the city regarding a property on 13th Ave SE.

The letters raise concerns about ongoing development on the property, it’s appearance, as well debris burns and campfires that “many times… are very large and left unattended.”

Coun. Kevin Flynn said there are concerns among neighbours that a carriage house is being built on the property without the proper permits. Development services director Kevin Pearson confirmed one could be built on the property, but no permit application has been received by the city. Furthermore, staff have a different impression of what’s happening on the property.

“We believe that’s a staging area for the forms that are being used to build retaining walls,” said Pearson.

As for the property’s appearance, Pearson said enforcement staff have looked at it and did not deem it to be unsightly as defined by the city’s unsightly premises bylaw.