Sylvan Lake condo project changed to rowhouses

A 40-unit proposed condominium project in Sylvan Lake has been transformed into a 25-rowhouse development.

A 40-unit proposed condominium project in Sylvan Lake has been transformed into a 25-rowhouse development.

Sylvan lake town council got a look at the revamped project on Monday, when it was before them for development approval.

The previous WatersEdge Condominiums and Marina, which was comprised of a pair of four-storey condo buildings with some commercial space, was approved in 2012.

A revamped 174-slip marina, upgraded with larger spaces for boats, was included as part of the project. The marina has already been drained and dredged as part of the upgrade.

Town planner Kim Devlin says in a report to council that the condominium project didn’t go ahead because of economic and market considerations.

The re-imagined proposal went to the municipal planning commission earlier this month and was recommended for approval to council.

Concerns about parking were raised by councillors. Sylvan Lake Harbour, which is developing the property, planned to provide 62 parking stalls and required a relaxation of 11 spots. The developer was prepared to pay $5,500 per stall in lieu to provide parking elsewhere.

Under the town’s bylaws, one parking stall for each of the 174 boat slips is required. However, planners recommended that a relaxation of two stalls per boat slip — granted for the previous condo application — be continued.

Council was split on the parking issue and voted 4-3 against the development application.

The project is not dead in the water, though. After much discussion, council agreed to review the application again at its next council meeting after planning staff have had more time to review parking options.

Sylvan Mayor Sean McIntyre said on Friday he couldn’t say much about the new application before its return to council on May 24.

A representative for Sylvan Lake Harbour could not be reached for comment.

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