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Controversial Bowden apartment building gets green light

Bowden's Municipal Planning Commission voted 4-3 March 7 to approve an apartment on land formerly zoned commercial
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MPC members voted 4-3 in favour of allowing an apartment building in downtown Bowden. File photo

BOWDEN — The town’s municipal planning commission, which includes all members of town council, voted 4-3 Thursday night to approve an application for a controversial apartment building downtown on land formerly zoned commercial.

The March 7 meeting, held in the Bowden Event Centre attracted about 35 residents, down from about 45 when the matter first came up during a Jan. 15 MPC meeting in the same building.

The development, proposed by landowner/applicants Leonard and Fern Kobewka and developer Kyle McCowan calls for a two-storey, 26-unit apartment building to be built on four lots in town near Highway 2A. All units would be one-bedroom units. Access would be gained by 19th Street.  

An initial application had asked that the required number of parking stalls be cut to 30 from 39, a 23 per cent relaxation of the requirement in the town’s land use bylaw.  

During the Jan. 15, the MPC voted 5-1 against a previous application (Coun. Deb Coombes was absent).

In the second application, heard March 7, five parking stalls were added at the rear of the building to meet the requirements of the land use bylaw.


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