Lee Pratt is speaking after Council rezoned a 10th street south property from low density to high density residential Monday night.
Council voted in favor of the amendment despite listening to concerned residents for over an hour and a half at City Hall and a local petition being started.
Pratt says it’s never an easy decision, but they have a long-term vision for whats best for the entire community.
The Mayor suggests professionals are leaving the community because they have nowhere to live.
The proponent plans to build a 24 unit apartment building but the rezoning allows for up to 86 dwellings to be developed.
The man behind the proposed development was in attendance Monday night and said there’s only a market for 20 unit currently in Cranbrook.
He told Council and the crowd he would commit to building no more than 40.
Some argued the City hasn’t done its due-diligence and this is irresponsible planning to allow for so much mixed-residential living in one area with one local suggesting there were already six duplexes, four fourplexes and an existing apartment building in the neighbourhood.
Pratt says staff has certainly done its due-diligence and all indications point to mixed-residential being a popular development strategy for communities dealing with lack of housing.
– Cranbrook Mayor Lee Pratt