City councillors decided to further narrow the minimum lot width for a single-family house to 7.5 metres Wednesday to accommodate small errors in previously imprecise survey methods.
Edmonton lots used to be measured with a chain, which could have kinks or otherwise create errors. That means several thousand standard-size lots the city thought were 50 feet or 15.24 meters wide, and therefore wide enough to subdivide, were actually slightly too narrow.
Councillors said they hope dropping the minimum requirement to 7.5 metres from 7.6 metres will solve the issue and make it clear for homeowners and all parties involved.
“This has been a contentious issue,” said Coun. Ben Henderson. “Being really public about the line is important so everybody knows they are being treated fairly.”
“That is our line and it will be set in stone,” added Coun. Andrew Knack. “We’re not going to just keep moving it down here.”
If an application to split a lot results in two lots narrower than 7.5 metres, city officials said they would refuse the application. The developer would then have the option to argue his or her case at the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.