We need housing

Lumby council is putting its new housing strategy into action by throwing its support behind a proposed 16 unit housing development on a .73 acre plot of land.

On Monday, councillors gave unanimous approval to a series of variances and removed a covenant on the property at 2090 Mountain View Avenue that should allow the multi-family housing project to move forward.

“It's something that's not been supported in the past but it's past time,” said Mayor Kevin Acton, pointing to a serious housing shortage in the village as well as in many other parts of the province.

A group of residents opposed the plan over concerns about parking, traffic and density.

Acton said there were valid concerns but he added the roadway was actually of an extra wide design aimed at taking traffic away from the downtown.

“We have been working for quite some time on a housing strategy. This town is telling us in droves we need more housing, be it single family, seniors or starter homes for families. Listening to the community as a whole, we felt that it was a good project for Lumby.”

On Nov. 20, council adopted an affordable housing strategy.

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