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Developer submits revised Bowden apartment application

Five more parking stalls added at the rear of the proposed development, but otherwise same application
Okotoks-based developer Kyle McCowan makes a point during the MPC meeting where his original apartment application was turned down.

BOWDEN — Developer Kyle McCowan has submitted a revised plan for a controversial apartment building in Bowden.

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.  

The application 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.  

On Jan. 15, the application came before the town’s Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) before about 45 people in the Bowden Events Centre.

The MPC (members of town council, except Coun. Deb Coombes who was absent) voted 5-1 to deny that application due to the relaxation request.

Red Deer County development officer Julie Hardes says the basic difference between this application and the previous one is that five parking stalls have been added at the rear of the building to meet the requirements of the land use bylaw.

“I think that's the biggest difference because he meets everything with the bylaw,” she said.

Hardes said it’s not known exactly when this application will come before the MPC, but said it will have to be after Feb. 17, when the period to provide feedback on the application ends.

Virtually all who spoke during the Jan. 15 MPC meeting opposed the development proposal for reasons including fear of increased crime, transients, and that it would create parking issues.  

The fact that the development would occur in the central commercial district was also cited as a concern. Some speakers said the town needs more commercial businesses.

The fact that pets would be allowed was a concern of at least one speaker.

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