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REPORTING · 18th December 2015
Walter McFarlane
At a Special Meeting of Kitimat Council which took place on December 14th, Council was given a presentation from Leonard Kerkhoff of Kerkhoff Construction on the Riverbrook Estate’s proposed manufactured home park.

“The subject property is 27 acres. We’re looking at taking 13 acres of that and rezoning it to allow for a manufactured home park,” said Kerkhoff. “It will be 70 lots, [which] is what we’re currently looking at, single wides and double wides.”

He said it was behind their other application which was earlier this year, in a G5 zone, which is for forestry. They were looking at zoning it to R1A, which would only affect the one zone. He showed Council what the development would look like.

“It’s going to be lots of pads, green space, pathways, smaller pads, a lot of public space,” said Kerkhoff. “The benefits of the application, we feel, is providing diversity of housing types to the Kitimat market. Affordability being the most cost effective, economical option in new housing that will be available in Kitimat. It will provide security for pad owners. They can’t be evicted from their own pad.”

He expressed a traffic impact study was done which accounts for twice the density of what is being proposed. The traffic impact study was done for about 150 units and the roads are more than adequate for this density.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff asked what the selling price might be for a lot. Kerkhoff expressed it would be between $150,000 and $200,000 for a single wide. He added they could look at a rental agreement as well to provide flexibility.

There were several questions in relation to a no build covenant which is on the piece of land. It was reported to Council that they could remove that covenant if the floor elevations were 0.6 metres above the crown of the nearest municipal road.

Councillor Rob Goffinet asked when the open house Kerkhoff was planning would be. The reply was prior to the public hearing. He expected it to take place at the beginning of January.

Feldhoff asked administration if the traffic committee could review the report. Councillor Claire Rattee move the motion to give first reading to the bylaw. The motion was called and carried.