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Developer takes another attempt at duplex project

By: Dave Baxter

Posted: 02/24/2018 8:45 AM

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Clint Hiebert of Fifth Avenue Estates speaks during a Niverville council meeting on Tuesday night, regarding a new proposal that would see 10 lots rezoned to allow for the construction of 20 duplexes in Niverville.

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Clint Hiebert of Fifth Avenue Estates speaks during a Niverville council meeting on Tuesday night, regarding a new proposal that would see 10 lots rezoned to allow for the construction of 20 duplexes in Niverville.

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The developer of Niverville’s Fifth Avenue Estates has come up with a new plan they hope will allow them to build duplexes in the community, which passed first reading at a Niverville council meeting on Tuesday night.

A previous plan to rezone 27 lots on the southwest end of Breckenridge Drive from R1 to R2 to accommodate 50 duplexes was denied in September, after a number of Niverville residents opposed the rezoning due to fears such as the possible decrease in property values and an increase in traffic in the area.

The new proposal asks for 10 lots to be rezoned from R1 to R2, allowing for 20 duplexes. Only interior properties between Breckenridge Drive and Hawthorne Way would be rezoned, not lakefront lots, as was planned in the original proposal.

A public hearing is planned for March 20.

Clint Hiebert of Fifth Avenue Estates told The Carillon he hopes the public will support their new plan because of the decrease in the number of lots being proposed.

"With this new proposal we have taken that original proposal and cut it into about one-third of the size, and asked for a smaller portion of the same lots to be changed into the R2 than we had requested originally," Hiebert said.

Hiebert said he now believes the best way to move forward with the proposal is to make sure they are communicating with residents about their plans.

"We would love for residents to come directly to us and ask about what is going on," Hiebert said. "We want to talk to them, and we will answer questions and show our concepts.

"We will show them that we have a good plan in mind."

Hiebert added there is high demand for more homes to be built in Niverville.

"We are trying to meet the market demands where those demands are at, and currently we have no end of people asking for multi-family lots," Hiebert said.

Anyone with questions or concerns about the new proposal to rezone 10 lots in Niverville can contact Fifth Avenue Estates at 204-388-7000, or check out their website at fifthavenueestates.com.

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