Opposition halts subdivision

Proposed Middleton Mountain development denied by Coldstream council

An attempt to further develop Middleton Mountain has been stopped.

More than 100 neighbours signed a petition against a request to remove a covenant at 815 Mt. Ida Drive which could have led to an 11-lot subdivision on the nearly three-acre lot.

Considering such opposition, and the covenant put in place in 2004 (which limits development to one single-family home), Coldstream denied the developers request Monday.

“They (neighbouring homeowners) purchased with the understanding that there was a covenant and only one house was allowed,” said Coun. Maria Besso.

The developer and land owner, Stafford McKergow of Devco Construction, had hoped to construct smaller homes for snowbirds wanting to enjoy the area in the summer.

“I think it would actually complement the area,” said McKergow, adding that along with the development’s previous contribution of McKergow Meadows, they would have been willing to contribute additional land to parks.

Local resident Lorne McEwen was pleased to see Coldstream stick to its historical decision and not allow the development to proceed beyond one home.

“This is about accountability. We can’t necessarily hold the developer accountable because that’s what they do – develop.”