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Friday, March 31, 2023
Letter: Don’t allow apartment buildings in people’s backyards
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Dear editor:

Applications have been made for an official plan amendment and zoning bylaw amendment to permit a 41-unit apartment building at 223-227 Mary St.

It would be 18 metres (59 feet) high and literally be  in the backyards of single-family homes, many of them bungalows.

We’ve been here before with a public meeting held on July 18, 2016, with most people voicing their objection. Subsequently, the amendment was refused by council on Sept. 19, 2016.

I believe the area is zoned for single-family homes and the high density of 41 residential units is unsuitable for the block.

As well, the height will result in a lack of privacy for the surrounding homes, especially the ones whose backyards will be directly affected.

In my opinion, the location is inappropriate and, if approved, will be the beginning of the end of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s heritage and historical community.

If this goes ahead it could set a precedent for developers inserting apartment complexes among single-family homes throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Janice Barker

Old Town

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