LETHBRIDGE - City Council defeated a bylaw amendment on Monday that would have allowed 38
multi-family units to go up in the Riverstone subdivision.
the area structure plan called for 128 multi-family units, but administration
felt they could lower the number based on other availability in the
However, after a public hearing on the matter and strong opposition
from the neighbourhood, the Council vote on Monday was split 4-4, resulting in
the amendment being defeated. Mayor Rajko Dodic, along with Councillors Liz
Iwaskiw, Tom Wickersham, and Bridget Mearns supported the development, while
Councillors Faron Ellis, Joe Mauro, Ryan Parker and Jeff Coffman were opposed.
Councillor Jeff Carlson did not vote due to a conflict.
Mayor Dodic is worried about what this means for the future of multi-family
units in the city. He says "you can get in a situation where you're just going
to have multi-family residential units all in one area, but that doesn't work
that well either."
The city's land development department will now go back to the drawing board
to try and figure out what to do with this phase of the Riverstone