Kenora council has approved the rezoning for a supportive housing project in the city's north end. Mayor Dan Reynard talks about the decision.

"The applicant met the requirements, so our decision was based on the zoning application," Reynard said.

Last week, Evergreen residents presented a petition with more than 300 names, saying they were concerned about the impact of the project on their neighbourhood. They pointed to the nearby school, Evergreen, as well as the potential impact on spring flooding.

In his comments, the mayor added the project had letters of support from both school boards and the health unit.

In March, the province announced a $4.5 million provincial investment for a 30-unit supportive housing development. Last week's meeting was to discuss rezoning for the construction of 20 of the 30 units.

According to the Kenora District Services Board, the Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services would develop the infrastructure, and the services board would provide support through a lease agreement.

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