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Saskatoon city council slated to vote Monday night on contentious affordable housing project

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The public hearing has started. All councillors are present. Follow along here: saskatoon.ca/city-hall/city… #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
"This is our last public hearing meeting of council," Mayor Charlie Clark says. Civic election is on Nov. 9 #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
Out of 43 people who contacted the city's development review office, 40 were opposed or cited concerns. 2 supportive. 1 neutral. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
"A causal relationship between increased density and increased crime has never been established," city staffer says. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
Camponi Housing Corp. exec Toby Esterby says the Blairmore location is "perfect" in terms of providing close access to groceries, transit, schools, health care, dental. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
"Residential is great, but I really don’t think we need a bunch of other items there that aren’t going to benefit the people who live there," says area resident Cindy Baumung. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
Biggest concern is parking, which is already horrendous, she says.
Ward 1 councillor Darren Hill asked Baumung what she meant by "these people" at one point. Baumung said she was referring to people who were going to be doing business and putting extra stress on the road. "I welcome families. I really do," she said. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes
James Allemeersch estimates 85 per cent of people are against the development. He gathered the signatures for this petition opposing the rezoning: pub-saskatoon.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ash… Worried about property value decrease, he says. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
Laura Hicks, who also lives in the area, says racial stereotypes are at work in some of the opposition to the project. "Blairmore is a great area for the development," she says. "I'm going to make every effort to make them feel welcome." #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
"You're just going to hear more people who are not in support of this project for ridiculous reasons," Hicks says of extending the time to get more feedback. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
Michael Jones speaking now. Denies suggestion of racial bias. "We just don't need another community" within existing communities, he says. The people who would live in development haven't worked for what he has, Jones says. "Abomination on my doorstep." #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes
"If I'm away from my home, I can't protect my family." #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
Jones finishes by suggesting the development go where City Centre Inn is. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon cbc.ca/news/canada/sa…
Toby Esterby of Camponi Housing has the opportunity to respond to public comments now. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
Esterby clarifies the development is a three-storey project, not a four-storey one as suggested by others. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
Esterby says many of Camponi's tenants don't own vehicles, they're more worried about having a roof over their heads. (re concerns about traffic) #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon
Gough raising a concern that one of the packages about the project circulated by a civilian shows 4 storeys, not 3 storeys. pub-saskatoon.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ash…
#yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon
This package:
The project is 3 storeys, city staff confirm. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon
On crime:

Donauer: "I don’t fully know where this one comes from."

City: "We can’t speculate why neighbors may feel there’s going to be more crime. “

#yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon
On fear of decreased property values.

Hill: "I’ve been around the table for 14 years. I haven’t seen any data to prove that."

#yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon
BIG DEVELOPMENT: Ward 3 councillor Ann Iwanchuk said she was prepared tonight to ask for a deferral. But she says she hasn't heard compelling reasons for a deferral, so she will not. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon
She has concerns about the public consultation process, though. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon
Iwanchuk says she will be supporting the recommendation to back the project plan tonight. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon
Donauer admits the process during the time of COVID-19 hasn't been perfect. But he adds, "The business of the city can’t grind to a halt." #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon
"I think there was some misunderstanding about what’s going to be built there," Donauer says. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon
Block: "It is an important need in our community and an opportunity to be the warm, welcoming, inclusive city that we’re all striving to be." #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon
Gough: "I heard some concerning assumptions about the future neighbours on our site. This provides a really unique opportunity to start early in getting to know who those neighbours will be.” #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon
Part of what makes developments successful is interaction between neighbours, Clark says. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon
BREAKING: Saskatoon city council just voted unanimously to back Camponi Housing's plan for a new affordable rental housing development in the Blairmore suburb. Now the vote to support rezoning. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon cbc.ca/news/canada/sa…
It's a two-part vote, essentially. The first vote that just happened was key. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon
The rezoning approval was unanimous as well. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon
That's it for me. Thanks for following tonight. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #Saskatoon

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#yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon #skpoli
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