Dozens of Port Coquitlam residents have been granted more than a month to educate themselves and voice their opinions on a proposed 17unit townhouse development on Salisbury Avenue.
Council was scheduled to make a decision on the rezoning application Monday, but decided to postpone the discussion until Sept. 10.
The city's about-face came after a handful of residents who attended Monday's public hearing suggested they had little knowledge of the proposed development, and even less advanced warning of the public hearing.
"Should this project be developed as proposed, it would be out of place for the community and the character of our neighbourhood," said Edinburgh Street resident Ben Wilson. "It would be a complete eye sore."
At issue is the redevelopment of a parcel of land in the 2100 block of Salisbury, between Shaughnessy and Flint streets.
Currently zoned for residential single dwelling, the proposed zoning amendment would change the land use designation to residential townhouse 3. The proposed complex would feature 15 three-storey units, while the units in each of the developments would be two storeys in height.
Single car garages, accessible through a back lane, would also be included, while the developer would also have to provide other amenities: paving the back lane, building a new sidewalk and providing landscaping and trees.
However, those attending the public hearing felt the development took a steep departure from the character of the neighbourhood.
"We've enjoyed living in this area now for 19 years and strongly feel that this proposed development will change the neighbourhood form the quiet neighbourhood it currently is to one of noise and congestion," said Edinburgh Street resident Anne Larson.
Other resident concerns included the possibilities of a decrease in property values, increased crime and traffic.
Couns. Michael Wright and Glenn Pollock voted against adjourning Monday's discussion and rescheduling the debate for mid-September.
"I'm concerned that we may make a decision two months down the road that we'd make now," Pollock said.
Coun. Mike Forrest also acknowledged that a monthplus gap could be problematic, and lamented the fact that some residents were caught off guard by the proposal.
"It's always a concern, I think, around council that people don't make the time and some don't have the time, to come forward to have their say. It is a concern to us and we've heard it before," he said.
The city will revisit its public notification process around the property - including mail outs and ads - in advance of the Sept. 10 meeting.
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