Pitt neighbours pan panhandle lot

Application meets infill policy

The Bonson Road property has been rejected for rezoning twice before.

The Bonson Road property has been rejected for rezoning twice before.

A property twice rejected for subdivision by Pitt Meadows council failed to pass another application for rezoning last week.

The owners of 11631 Bonson Road have filed an application to rezone the 1,703-square-metre lot from suburban residential to one family dwelling, splitting the property in two via a “panhandle.”

The application, however, drew vocal criticism from neighbours, including several who spoke out when the same property was pitched for rezoning in 2005 and 2006.

“My reasons for not wanting a panhandle development have not changed,” Karen Georgi told city council at a public hearing June 7.

“This development doesn’t improve our neighbourhood. Allowing a panhandle on this property would set a precedent for the whole neighbourhood.”

Marcie Anderson was speaking against the rezoning proposal for the third time.

“I question what kind of neighbours the owners of this property are that they would revisit for the third time this zoning proposal when opposition was so well expressed in the past,” she said.

A report by city staff, however, found the property met the requirements of Pitt Meadows “infill policy,” which seeks to increase density in urban areas.

Council did not proceed with a third reading, but instead sent the rezoning application back to staff so they can take a second look at city policy concerning panhandle lots.