St. Helen’s house size decision stands

Special Olympics participants of all ages took part in Saturday’s Whale of a Run dashes. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Special Olympics participants of all ages took part in Saturday’s Whale of a Run dashes.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

A bid to revisit a controversial decision limiting house sizes in St. Helen’s Park was defeated this week.

On Monday, Coun. Judy Higginbotham requested a review of house size limitations in the 416-home neighbourhood near 100 Avenue and 124 Street.

Locals succeeded last month in winning a city-imposed limitation on large homes in the neighbourhood, which they felt was necessary to stave off oversized homes.

The decision was followed by accusations of racism from a few members of the Indo-Canadian community who argued limiting house size discriminated against extended ethnic families.

As indicated by a Leader straw poll last month, Higginbotham’s motion to revisit the issue was defeated 7-2, with only Higginbotham and Coun. Tom Gill in support.

Coun. Marvin Hunt said Tuesday it was the correct decision, adding it’s important to see how the current bylaw is implemented.

It’s expected the city will receive several variance applications to allow for larger house sizes.

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