The city is heading down a road that could lead to the repealing of the radial separation by-law.
That’s the controversial piece of legislation that was used, unsuccessfully by the city, to block the move of Lynwood Charlton Hall to Augusta Street in the Corktown Neighbourhood.
Councillor Chad Collins notes that it was also used without success by a neighbourhood group a few years ago, in an attempt to block construction of the Good Shepherd’s new facility on King Street West.
Collins says it’s time to eliminate the bylaw, noting that “it’s been to the province twice, it’s failed us twice and we’ve spent a lot of resources”.
The bylaw is designed to prevent residential care facilities from clustering in any one location. It remains in effect, but city staff have been asked to review planning tools that are used to regulate residential care facilities.