Albany Inn owner fails in bid for controlled activity status
North Shore City hearings commissioners decided today the Albany Inn should not be added to a list of hospitality outlets around the city given controlled activity status after being moved into a residential zoning under the city’s proposed district plan.
Because of the large area for development next to the hotel’s land at the end of the Albany village, half of which is to be turned over to a housing subdivision, and also because of Transit’s concern at having options for The Avenue intersection closed down, the three councillors sitting as commissioners decided the inn should be given discretionary status.
That will give neighbours and Transit the right to be consulted should the inn property’s owners decide to develop the site. The inn operates under existing use rights, but is now in a residential 5 zone which does not provide for licensed premises, so any further development would require a non-complying resource consent application.