Knight Crescent residents oppose plan for duplexes

Knight Crescent residents are solidly opposed to a proposal for a series of duplexes to be built in their neighbourhood.

A 45 signature petition will be presented to city council tonight opposing the plan by Bruce Kidd Real Estate Holdings to rezone four lots in the area to accommodate duplexes.

“We are concerned that building duplexes will bring into our quiet neighbourhood an increase an influx of traffic,” reads the petition. “Also having duplexes brings in more unknown people with the possibility of the crime rate going up exponentially. It will also very likely increase property value which, in turn, will increase property taxes. An added effect of these buildings going up is the removal of the residents currently residing in the houses on the lots in question.”

City staff is recommending council give first two readings to the rezoning bylaw but hold off third reading until covenants are registered against the properties that would ensure the construction of the two-unit residences are asymmetrical and look like two distinct dwellings (i.e. varying roof lines and using multiple materials for the exterior finish).