There will be no duplex built at 2 Aishihik Rd.
On Monday night, Whitehorse city council defeated a bylaw to have the single-storey residence turned into a two-storey duplex.
The owner, George Clarke, wanted a zoning variance to allow the changes. He also wanted to add a non-conforming parking space to his property on the corner of Aishihik Road and Alsek Road.
The city’s planning department recommended the bylaw be defeated at second reading. It was.
Coun. Dave Stockdale, who criticized the rezoning plans in mid-January, did not vote in order to avoid accusations of bias.
“I thought the best thing to do, in order to take away any possible challenge to my vote, was not to vote on that particular issue,” said Stockdale. Because administration had recommended council deny the change, he “wasn’t worried” about the outcome, he said.
Stockdale, who has lived on Alsek Road since 1972, made the rare move of appearing as a delegate to council on Jan. 14 to warn that the development “doesn’t fit in the neighbourhood” and would set a bad precedent.
“How can you refuse someone else who comes and says something like this?” he asked council. “There’s just no way. It’s just totally out of whack.”
Two other citizens brought concerns about the project to council. Five written submissions were received. Only one was in support. Besides worrying about the character of the neighbourhood, they were also concerned about added traffic in Riverdale and whether there would be enough parking on the street.