REPORTING · 8th October 2015
A proposed project on Wakashan Avenue to build a one story commercial and office space building came before Council at a Special Meeting of Council on Monday, September 28th. Councillor Rob Goffinet moved the recommendation, to grant a development permit subject to several conditions.
One of them read as follows: “$7,500 performance bond to guarantee walkway construction; refundable if municipal walkway reconstruction project is not underway two years following building permit issuance.”
Councillor Mario Feldhoff was concerned about the conditions relating to a walkway. “My impression is, this is the first time we’ve put that kind of condition on a development permit,” said Feldhoff. “I don’t recall that permit for a walk way and I’m concerned that we’re having newcomers contribute to a higher standard and it puts them at a disadvantage, possibly to existing businesses. If we’re going to do it one way, we should be consistent.”
Gwendolyn Sewell, City Planner told Council was told they made this request in the past, although infrequently. The reason for this was most commercial developments were serviced by walkways already. They felt this was required because there was no walkway on Wakashan and access was limited.
The same thing is happening on the Haisla Town Centre, where the proponent is building roads and sidewalks within their site.
She added, at the moment, they are working for plans on Wakashan which may or may not include a sidewalk.
Feldhoff stated he felt there was a mishmash of different businesses contributing to different walkways in different parts of town. Sewell told him there was also a bit of a mishmash in the level services which were available, going through examples of businesses who were responsible for their sidewalks or not.
There were no further comments so the motion was called and carried. The proposed building will be constructed next to the veterinarian office.