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Car wash gets blues

A car wash proposed for Glenmore Village Centre was given a negative review by City Council Monday.

However, council still decided to move the project on to a public hearing in hopes the developer can come up with a plan to appease concerns it, and neighbours share.

At issue is the fact the proposed car wash would be situated on Glenmore Road at the south edge of the village centre in a residential neighbourhood.

While the property is zoned commercial, council was told it is a small lot and therefore the normal sound buffering would not be possible.

Many of those concerns were raised by neighbours, especially those on the south side of the proposed development across from a public pathway leading to a neighbourhood park.

"Concerns do remain at the staff level related to site design and interface with neighbouring properties," says Urban Planning Manager, Ryan Smith.

"Staff are continuing to work with the neighbourhood and the developer to resolve those concerns."

Council had similar concerns.

"I think we may be setting ourselves up for considerable disappointment because, while the land use may be acceptable within the town centre, the nature of the property, the size of the property, its location and the way it's compromised already makes it really difficult in my view to buffer it against the residential properties which are right next door to it," stated Councillor Robert Hobson.

"I know we've told our staff to be gung-ho and try to make things work as much as possible and I appreciate that."

As it stands, Councillor Luke Stack says he views this as an assault on the neighbourhood.

"I think we are going to have a huge outcry from the neighbours," says Stack.

"That particular neighbourhood has been under tremendous pressure because of the high density residential when the Verve moved in there and the pressure already put on that street with the commercial (properties). They're just losing their privacy and their quiet residential life."

Despite those concerns council did unanimously pass the staff resolution to move the development on to a public hearing in order to be able to hear from both the developer and the public and to see if solutions concerning noise and other factors could be resolved.

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