The City of Williams Lake is considering an application to rezone some of the area where the Slumber Lodge is located for a new townhouse development proposal on the part of the property where the motel was lost to a fire on Easter Sunday 2016.
The zoning change needed would result in the property changed from highway commercial to low density multiple family residential.
In their application, owners Elizabeth and Rosemary Carhoun said they want to build 10 townhouses.
Due to the complicated layout of the buildings which overlay on more than one lot, the proposed lot size for the townhouses may be nominally adjusted at the time of subdivision, said Hasib Nadvi, Development Services Technician in a report to council.
Director of Development Services Leah Hartley told council during the meeting that because the proponent has articulated an interest in rezoning on the basis of using the existing building foundation, staff is proposing a 0 metre rear lot setback.
“But if council is interested we could ask them for further details on that,” Hartley said.
Council agreed to direct city staff to refer the application to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, before making any further recommendations on the application.
They will also ask the Carhouns for more information before proceeding to a public hearing on the application.
When contacted by the Tribune, John Carhoun said he didn’t want to comment on the proposal at this time.
Here is some of the discussion from Tuesday’s meeting:
Consultant contracted to develop a solid waste business plan proposal
Council has approved up to $27,000 for Waste Collective to write a solid waste business plan proposal for the city, increasing the original budget of $15,000. In March of this year, city council agreed to hire an outside independent third party develop a business plan to identify the needs, costs and contract recommendations on the operations of the City’s solid waste collection and the agreement between the Cariboo Regional District and the City of Williams Lake.
Johnson Street land consolidation approved
Council has approved the sale of a portion of city-owned land referred to as Johnson Park at a value of $7,600.
There is an existing garage on 752 Johnson Street that is encroaching onto the City-owned land at 770 Johnson Street, Chief Administrative Officer Milo MacDonald noted in a report to council.
A lot line adjustment would mitigate this encroachment issue, MacDonald said, and would add 106 square meter of the City-owned land to 752 Johnson Street, leaving 687 square meter of 770 Johnson Street as City-owned property.
Before the sale can go through, however, staff will advertise the Notice of Property Disposition and contact BCR properties of the intent to sell the property.
Metis flag to be flown at city hall to honour Louis Riel
The Cariboo Chilcotin Metis Association will be permitted to fly the nation Metis flag in honour of Louis Riel on November 16 on the City’s flag pole.
CAO officially appointed
City council approved the formal appointment of Milo MacDonald as the city’s chief administrative officer. He began working for the city in the position on Sept. 12, 2016. In his duties, MacDonald is assigned with the
overall management of the operations of the municipality; ensuring that the policies, programs and other directions of the council are implemented and advising and informing the council on the operation and affairs of the municipality.
Request for rezoning application request denied
A request by the property owners that the $850 application fee to rezone 3030 Edwards Drive be refunded has been denied by city council.
Youth for Christ block wall approved
Council approved an encroachment agreement allowing Youth for Christ to construct a tiered block wall on a part of City property. The YFC building is located at 245 Cameron Street location.
Northern Development Initiative Trust Facade Improvement Program
City council approved the city applying to the Northern Development Initiative Trust Facade Improvement Program for 2017.