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Niven Lake apartment block gets green light despite protest

A bid to halt the building of an NWT Housing Corporation apartment block in Niven Lake has failed.

The housing corporation hopes to construct a four-storey building with room for 19 units, but its plans were opposed by a number of local residents.

Those objecting to the development argued it would be too tall and would not fit the character of the neighbourhood.

The building, earmarked for construction on Moyle Drive for a fraction under $5 million, would exceed by 8 percent the 15-metre height cap dictated by the area’s zoning requirements.

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But late last week, the city’s Development Appeal Board waved the proposal through.

In full: Development Appeal Board’s decision (pdf)

The board decided the city’s development officer had acted “within his authority” in allowing the 8 percent height variance and “complied with the applicable requirements”.

Separately, the appeal board dealt with the case of Spencer Decorby, who built a structure on City-owned land at Morrison Drive without the authority to occupy the land or a development permit.

The board decided to give Decorby until February 29, 2016, to remove the structure and related belongings.

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