Williams Lake developer Luigi Mandarino is moving forward with his next venture.

Williams Lake developer Luigi Mandarino is moving forward with his next venture.

Growth continues in Westridge subdivision

Developer Luigi Mandarino is happy city council has approved a development variance for his Mandarino South and Eagle Crescent extension.

Williams Lake developer Luigi Mandarino is happy city council has approved a development variance for his Mandarino South and Eagle Crescent extension.

Mandarino’s latest venture will allow a minimum setback of 2.2 metres for principal buildings on a lot, in a developing section of Westridge.

“But people shouldn’t get stuck on that,” Mandarino said Wednesday morning at the site. “That 2.2 metre setback is the minimum. The minimum says you can’t be any closer, but you can be farther away.”

There’s a building envelope on each lot and the principal building has to be built inside that envelope. There is flexibility, he added.

Some of the lots are sloped and will require more fill or will drive the decision of where to place a home.

“It’s much more expensive to put in the geotechnical fill. People are going to say they don’t want to spend an extra $20,000 so they will go the other way,” he explained.

There has been criticism that some buyers might place trailers on the lots, which are allowed in a Single Family Residential Zone, however Mandarino said they have to be module homes on a foundation.

“Again, you’ve got to be socially responsible,” he said. “Not everybody can afford a $400,000 home.”

At the regular council meeting Tuesday, Mandarino outlined improvements to the original project application.

He has eliminated three lots from the original proposal.

On the corners of Eagle Crescent and the future Mandarino Place South he has made one lot where there were originally two, for example.

Planning technician Chris Hutton said staff had some reservations about the original corner lots, and wanted to ensure people can see around the corner when they are driving. Mandarino was asked to amend the size of the corner lots.

Mandarino handed council copies of a petition containing 10 signatures from Westridge Drive and one from Ridgeview Place supporting the development variance, and included a photograph showing a two metre setback for a property line on Foster Way that was issued by council in July 2011 and a copy of the improved plan.

Hutton confirmed the city has not received any objections to the application.

Council voted in favour of the development variance. Coun. Danica Hughes was opposed.

Coun. Ivan Bonnell said he was hesitant to support the project, but hoped most people will choose to build further from the minimum setback.


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

Just Posted

Sandi Griffiths is the region’s new district manager of transportation for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
New MOTI district manager takes the wheel in Williams Lake

Sandi Griffiths replaces Todd Hubner who retired recently

Mclean Silverton rides a rail in Boitanio Park - one of seven new features installed by the city this past week. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Snow park in Boitanio open for riding

If any users find that the park requires attention, please contact city hall at 250-392-2311

A snowfall warning has been issued for Williams Lake and Quesnel. (Black Press Media)
Snowfall warning issued for Cariboo region

Between 10 to 15 cm expected

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) co-ordinator Surinderpal Rathor (from left) Judy Gibbons and Rajneesh Khugsal, seen here in 2020, are all ready to help people file their taxes. (Patrick Davies photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake volunteers ready to offer community income tax program

Co-ordinator Surinderpal Rathor said he has already received inquiries

Women’s Contact Society community liaison Eileen Alberton with her dogs Luigi, left, and Sami enjoys a daily walk in Big Lake. (Photo submitted)
Women’s wellness focus of International Women’s Day events in Williams Lake

In its third year, the event will be offered virtually

Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Internet famous: Abbotsford’s Kris Collins is a TikTok comedy queen

Collins has found surprise stardom alone with a phone

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
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

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Doctors and counsellors warn of an increase in panic attacks, anxiety, depression and suicide ideas between ages 10 to 14, in Campbell River. ( Black Press file photo)
Extended pandemic feeding the anxieties of B.C.’s youth

Parents not sure what to do, urged to reach out for help

Kara Sorensen, diagnosed with lung cancer in July, says it’s important for people to view her as healthy and vibrant, rather than sick. (Photo courtesy of Karen Sorensen)
B.C. woman must seek treatment overseas for inoperable lung cancer

Fundraising page launched on Karen Sorensen’s behalf, with a goal of $250,000

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

Most Read