Council meeting highlights: December 14, 2020

Dec 14, 2020

Here is a quick snapshot of the outcome of this week’s Council meeting. For details, please watch the video or view the minutes once they are posted.

Discharge of Right-of-Way affecting properties on Lawrence Way – In 1939, during the subdivision of 11 lots of Lawrence Way, the District secured a right-of-way (ROW) that was intended for a public road, such as a lane, but nothing was ever built. Over time, conditions have changed so that using the right-of-way for a public road is neither practical nor needed. Now, the owners of seven of the impacted lots have expressed a desire to make better use of their properties, and an example would be to build a coach house. Therefore, Council agreed to discharge the ROW registered on the Title of those properties.

2668 Bellevue Avenue - Community Charter Remedial Action Requirement – In 2015, the house at 2668 Bellevue was significantly damaged by fire. Since the fire, no work has been done on the house, and it remains an unsafe and unsightly property, adversely impacting the neighbours. Using authority provided by the Community Charter, Council declared the property a nuisance and imposed a "remedial requirement" upon the owners (i.e. demolition and clean-up of the site). If the owners do not comply within a specified time frame, the District will carry out the work at the owners' expense.

Preliminary Development Proposal for 2480, 2510 and Lots B and C Wentworth Avenue – The District has received a preliminary development application for the development of four lots located at and adjacent to 2510 Wentworth Avenue and 2480 Wentworth Avenue. The proposal in its current state includes 279 units—a mix of townhouses, apartments and residences, and dedicated parkland. Details are not finalized, and the District has received no formal application, but staff provided an early update to give Council an opportunity for input while the project is still in the pre-application phase. In March 2019, the developer held a preliminary public consultation, and District staff have recommended further public engagement if a formal development application is submitted. Information about the proposal and its progress is available on the District's website.

Bylaw for Wildfire Hazard Development Permit Area – Council adopted a new set of guidelines that incorporate FireSmart principles into new building design near areas of the community at risk of wildfires. The new Wildfire Hazard Development Permit Area (DPA) includes all properties within 100 metres of a forested area—approximately 50% of land in the District. The report explaining the DPA was presented to Council on September 28; you can read more about it here.

The next Council meeting will take place on January 11, 2021.

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