City council has voted to rezone eight surplus school sites for seniors housing. This despite strong opposition in some neighbourhoods.
The vote follows two days of hearings which saw about 55 people make presentations or answer questions. The focus of the hearings involved land in eight neighbourhoods.
The program requires developers and non-profit groups to work with communities on low-rise seniors apartments, which will be built beside parks on vacant property set aside for schools that are no longer needed.
Speakers raised concerns that included the danger from increased traffic, lack of parking, loss of informal recreation space and the impact on property values.