A new housing option won't be coming to Fort Saskatchewan.
Council decided not to introduce zero-lot-line housing in the city.
A zero-lot-line house is a piece of residential real estate in which the structure comes up to, or very near to, the edge of the property line. This option would have allowed developers to build homes directly up to the property line on one side.
Qualico Communities requested the rezoning in an effort to bring more single family homes, rather than duplexes, to the market.
Councillor Lisa Makin supported the motion.
"I believe that it is a good option for residents of Fort Saskatchewan, especially when we’re looking for affordable housing, the benefit of families getting into a single family home versus a duplex. I think it's something our residents want as an option."
Mayor Gale Katchur was also in favour, pointing out that people like to have affordability and choice.
Councillor Brian Kelly spoke against the proposed change, noting at council that some citizens in the community fear that zero-lot-lines would change the livability of our city.
"My goal and what we need to have in Fort Saskatchewan is a dialogue with all citizens of the Fort to talk about where we see Fort Saskatchewan in the next 20 years, what we want Fort Saskatchewan to look like, what sort of footprint we want to have," he said.
The motion was defeated 4-3, with councillors Kelly, Jibs Abitoye, Ed Sperling, and Deanna Lennox against.