An Eagle Mountain lot purchased a decade ago, and now being sold, by Mayor Henry Braun has triggered suspicions of his political opponents.

Abbotsford mayor’s property sails through council hearing

Prospective buyer hopes to build home on vacant Eagle Mountain site owned by Henry Braun

The public will get the chance to weigh in on whether a house should be built on a property that Mayor Henry Braun is trying to sell.

Council raised no objections Monday to variances that will allow the city to issue a development permit to a prospective buyer of an Eagle Mountain property currently owned by the mayor. Braun had recused himself from the matter.

The issue will come back to council again, with the public given the chance to comment. The next council meeting is scheduled for Dec. 17.

The three-quarter-acre Locarno Court site is heavily treed with significant slopes. The proposed house will be tucked into the property’s southeast corner, but it will still be closer to a small stream than is allowed without council giving the thumbs up to variances.

To proceed, the applicant, local developer Dave Algra, must promise to set aside an area twice as large to be fenced off as a habitat and riparian area behind the house.

Consultants employed by the applicant found “there will be no serious harm to fish or fish habitat,” as long as building followed guidelines in the report.

There was no opposition to the proposal from council, and Coun. Ross Siemens said the application “makes sense and is consistent with what we’ve done in other areas.”

The property in question was bought a decade ago by Braun and his son, Darren, who is now the city’s director of development planning. Henry Braun said in October that he and Darren – who also recused himself from the matter at Monday’s meeting – had hoped to subdivide the site and build a pair of homes on it.

The site was the subject of speculation by Braun’s political opponents during the fall election campaign after a website operated by council candidate Vince Dimanno published documents related to the pending application.

Dimanno said the application process raised a number of questions, but Braun said nothing untoward had taken place and that he was simply trying to unload a vacant lot purchased a decade ago.

Braun said neither he nor his son involved themselves in the city process of evaluating the proposed variances and development permit.

RELATED: Mayor’s political opponents suspicious as Braun tries to sell Eagle Mountain lot

RELATED: New Abbotsford Downtown Business Association president chosen

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

John Horgan meets with candidates Pam Alexis and Preet Rai and local citizens in Abbotsford on Wednesday afternoon. (Submitted)
NDP Leader John Hordan campaigns in Abbotsford with local candidates

Horgan meets with hopefuls Pam Alexis and Preet Rai on Wednesday afternoon

The website Chigoby is among eight scam online retailers that have been identified by the Better Business Bureau. The site was fraudulently using an Abbotsford residential address, but has since switched to one in Poland.
Eight scam online-shopping websites fraudulently use Abbotsford address

Better Business Bureau says victims lost hundreds for non-existent or poor-quality products

Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr provides an overview of the detachment’s year during the annual Crime is Toast breakfast, which this year was held online.
2020 has been a challenging year, says Abbotsford Police chief

Mike Serr provides annual overview during virtual Crime is Toast breakfast

MacDonald tweeted out this photo shortly after being sprayed with bear-mace in 2015.
THROWBACK VIDEO: Fifth anniversary of Abbotsford cameraman’s bear-mace attack

Retired ‘Abby Newshound’ Kevin MacDonald reflects on notorious incident back in 2015

RCMP officers cleared in killing of Abbotsford homeless advocate

Barry Shantz was shot following a mental health crisis at his home on on Jan. 13, 2020,

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents modelling of COVID-19 spread in B.C., March 25, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. sets another COVID-19 record with 203 new cases

up to 1,766 active cases in B.C., two more deaths

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
British Columbia man dies during ski trip near glacier west of Calgary

Kananaskis Public Safety and Alpine Helicopters responded around 2:30 p.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, following a week-long break for the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
One crisis after another for Trudeau since last federal election one year ago

It has been a year of unprecedented calamity and crisis

Rio Tinto Alcan’s aluminum smelter at Kitimat competes against producers in the Middle East and Russia that have no carbon tax. (Rio Tinto)
B.C. carbon tax highest in Canada, export industries unprotected

B.C. NDP, B.C. Liberals say they’re looking at exemptions

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

In this file photo, snow is seen falling along the Coquihalla Highway. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Weather statement issued for Coquihalla, Hwy 3, as arctic front approaches

The early season snowfall expected to hit Fraser Valley, Friday, Oct. 23

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(Pixabay)
Vancouver teacher suspended after swearing, touching students and complimenting underwear

McCabe touched students, including rubbing their backs and necks, touching their hair and hugging them

Most Read