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REPORTING · 8th August 2013
Walter McFarlane
Jack Oviatt got up into the ‘hot seat’ at Kitimat City Council on Monday August 6th to speak to a Development Variance Permit relating to fencing of the Active Adult Subdivision which he has proposed. The Permit was on the agenda for later in the meeting. He congratulated them on the facility and provided Council with a bit of an update.

“Work is proceeding on the intersection as some of you have seen. The curb and gutter is in, the paving in finished and the turning lane is complete. I must add at no cost to the taxpayers. We’ve started services on the active adult subdivision and tend to complete all the ground work and the perimeter fencing this year. Housing starts are scheduled for early spring in 2014,” said Oviatt.

He expressed they sold all the lots in phase 5 and submitted drawings for a 40 lot subdivision in phase 8.

“The land transfer to PTI is still ongoing as the paperwork has fallen into the hands of the lawyers representing the District of Kitimat, PTI and Oviatt. I expect it will only be complete once they’ve extracted all of my remaining patience and 10 to 20 times my budget for Legal Council on the project. Having said that, the clearing and grubbing has started in anticipation of immediate sale,” said Oviatt.

He stated the Fence was meant for side yards, not for front yards facing loganberry. He expressed the amendment stated it was for the front yard but the subdivision bylaw, it is considered a front yard when it is a corner lot. He expressed the reason for the six foot high concrete fence was to buffer the traffic noise on Loganberry. The side fencing is expected to be concrete similar to the lower mainland for barriers.

The back yards and the sides abutting Quatsino and PTI are simulated concrete built with PVC sound barrier fencing. He believed the rear yards did not require the variance as they met the code. He expressed that about 90% of the corner lots in Kitimat with fences were non-conforming to the code.

“I don’t see much of a reason for slowing this request down,” said Oviatt.

He stated he has made a request for a permanent sign, built to match the fencing, similar in height, colour and construction. It will be similar to what can be seen outside any major gated community. It will advertise Strawberry Meadows and will be turned over to the District for ongoing care. It will become a focal point for future Christmas Displays.

This came up under reports later in the meeting. Councillor Corinne Scott moved the motion to grant the Development Variance Permit to J. Oviatt Contracting for a front yard fence of up to 8 metres high as proposed.

Scott stated the staff were in support of it and the proposed drawing of the fence was beautiful. The higher fence would provide a sound barrier to the Adult Living Community.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff clarified where the fence was, whether it is in a side yard or a front yard. He was told it was viewed as a side yard but it really was a front yard. The motion was correct. The motion was called and carried.