After months of procedural work, the District of Taylor officially rezoned five homes back to residential after they were mistakenly designated as commercial properties last year.
On Monday, the district adopted a change to its official community plan to recognize the homes along 99th Street as being residential properties.
Cyndy Reid, an affected homeowner, was present at Monday’s council meeting, and said she was glad to see the mistakes corrected.
“I didn’t realize how much (zoning) really affected us with financing, insurance, the whole nine yards,” she said.
Last year, the district approved a new official community plan that designated zones across its land base, which included an attempt to create a buffer area between heavy industrial and residential properties along 98th and 99th streets.
The five homes were caught up in the changes and reclassified as commercial properties despite being residential for years.
One homeowner rallied the district this summer to have their designation reversed, citing difficulties selling her property.
Mayor Rob Fraser said the new zonings were an “unintended consequence” of the district’s plan.
Reid said she will know later this month if the inadvertent designation will affect her mortgage and home insurance, which are both up for renewal at the end of December.
“The banks never recognized the zoning change, so you couldn’t utilize any equity or anything in your home, and insurance couldn’t be for replacement, it had to be cash,” she said.
New zone added
Meanwhile, the district also added a new “transitional industrial” zoning to its bylaws.
This zoning will “provide for industrial land uses which are appropriate as transition between established industrial land uses and commercial and agricultural land uses,” according to information presented to council.
The zone will normally be located on the periphery of industrial areas.
Some of the permitted uses include a heavy truck shop, a trade contractor, warehousing, and a small veterinary hospital.
Three properties along the 10500 block of 99th Street are identified as this new use, along with seven properties along the 10500 block of 98th Street.
“We were looking for a better option to allow those residential owners to deal with their properties in a different manner,” Fraser said.