A group of rural residents lost their bid Monday night to keep the city from normalizing smaller lots in their neighbourhood.
Representatives from McGuire Road argued before city council against an official community plan amendment that would create a new rural category permitting lots one hectare in size.
One resident's application to subdivide their property into two one-hectare parcels triggered a recommendation from planning staff to redesignate all 18 properties in the area. Ten out of the 18 parcels of land are already smaller than the current allowable two-hectare size, due to an old zoning bylaw.
"There are several disadvantages city staff may not have considered," said Cristina Hutchinson, citing issues such as a strain on the aquifer and a change to the rural character of the community.
Speaking on his applicant parents' behalf, Jody Schroeder said that with more than half of the lots already subdivided, "one hectare lots are the character of the area."
He also said that the concerns over increased traffic and noise concerns would be negligible from one lot getting rezoned and subdivided.
Council voted 6-3 in favour of the change, with Couns. Brian Skakun, Murry Krause and Albert Koehler in opposition.
"This isn't to say those who can now subdivide, will," said Mayor Shari Green. A new rural zoning category was also approved to correspond with the new OCP designation (known as Rural D). The rezoning would only be applied to the current applicant's property, but will be available for others to apply for in the future.