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After a complaint about shade from a 10-storey building, it's cut to six storeys
In my community, we have had multiple housing projects either diminished or cancelled due to the municipal planning process being hijacked by NIMBYs. In one famous local case, the height of a planned building was halved due to a complaint from a neighbour about shade cast on her tomato plants.
Cheryl Wood spoke out [at a January 16 public hearing], saying the building would be too tall next to low-rise homes and apartment buildings.
Wood said the building would cast a shadow over her garden and worried about how construction would impact her home's stone foundation. An updated shadow study presented to council Monday suggested her yard would be in the building's shadow until about 11 a.m. around the summer solstice.
Wood told reporters she can accept a six-storey building as it would be similar in scale to buildings on the southwest corner of the intersection.
As of February:
A developer who sought approval for a 10-storey building at a major intersection in downtown Moncton says the height may be reduced in the wake of opposition from neighbours.
Chad Blakney told Moncton council he's considering shrinking the proposed building at the northwest corner of Vaughan Harvey Boulevard and Main Street down to six floors.
"We want to listen to the community," Blakney said Monday.
"We don't want to be demonized. We're trying to build a city-changing development here and we can certainly look at a six-storey building. If the numbers make sense, we can proceed [with] that route over 10 storeys."
A similar story, from 99.1 The Bend. It sounds like city council supported a 10-storey building.
The latest word from people in Moncton, via SkyscraperPage, is that construction has started, and it is indeed going to be six storeys. (Although people there are still hoping it’s going to be nine or ten storeys.)