Planning committee backs staff in refusing heritage protection for home eyed for demolition

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The planning committee has stuck up for city staff, but rejected the wishes of built-heritage advocates, by refusing to slap heritage protection on a Colonel By Drive home eyed for demolition.

With a vote of 8-0, councillors on the planning committee Thursday agreed with staff that the old home at 860 Colonel By Dr. isn’t worthy of heritage designation, even though the home does meet provincial criteria for protection.

The committee’s decision will be good news for the property owner, Shane Currey, who intends to tear down the building to make way for his new home.

Currey has all the necessary pre-demolition approvals in place to begin the work, but the project was briefly in jeopardy when the built heritage subcommittee earlier this week voted 6-1 against staff’s assessment.

The subcommittee’s vote effectively sent a message to council that the old house should be protected.

It also meant the planning committee had to take a position and make a recommendation to council.

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