City planners seek feedback on BU-area zoning

Administrators with the City of Brandon are planning to rezone properties on a section of 21st Street to reflect current usage and prepare for further development.

Brandon’s Planning and Buildings Department is continuing a study into a residential zoning project near Brandon University by seeking public feedback from Brandonites living the area.

City administrators are updating the zoning parameters for both sides of 21st Street between Princess Avenue and Victoria Avenue. A previous open house on the issue held in September of last year moved the city to target the area for rezoning based on a decision made in 1983, when Brandon University had intentions of expanding there. Residential properties on the east side of 21st Street are currently marked as Education and Institutional.

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A new proposal is being developed to make the neighborhood Residential to reflect the current usage of the properties along that route. Rezoning the area will also allow the city to prepare for future development.

The final proposal is scheduled for delivery to Brandon City Council in May with plans to legislate the rezoning – should it be approved – sometime in August or later.

The initiative, called the BU West Neighborhood Zoning Project, will be the topic of discussion at an open house on March 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Brandon Design Studio’s location in the Cultural Resource Centre at the A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex on Princess Avenue. Although city representatives are seeking feedback from residents and stakeholders with property along that section of 21st Street, the meeting will be open to the general public as a whole.

Individual meetings can also be booked with the city until April 5. Residents and property owners can schedule a one-on-one meeting by contacting City of Brandon City Senior Planner Andrew Mok at (204) 729-2115.

More information on the BU West Neighorhood Zoning Project is available at the city’s website, under the “What is Happening in your Neighborhood” tab.

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