Grizzly Construction continues to service the roadway (Station Street) near the entrance to the new hotel.
Archives for May 29, 2018
May 28 – Council reverses itself with few words spoken. Legal advice sought and given on the decision making process. The vote to reverse the decision 3 to 1 with one councilor withdrawing from the decision. Another odd decision with very little comment from anyone.
May 14 – Based on a question from a reporter at the end of a long meeting of Oliver Council – the issue of a variance requested by builder Mark Pankratz – rejected in a 3 to 1 vote – will likely be brought back for reconsideration May 28th. No explanation was offered by the Town staff or council. Acting Mayor Dave Mattes pointed out that under the community charter a Mayor may ask council to reconsider a decision made earlier.
Previously – April 23
The building inspector said ok – permit for the home issued. (6965 Mountainview Drive at Lakeside)
Home with Deck built but a variance needed – no stop work order every issued and the Town’s planner recommends the variance to members of council.
Council says no based on arguments presented by Councillor Dave Mattes. “Build first – ask permission second too much of that going on in the home construction
sector”- he said.
Mattes also pointed out the width of projection from the wall and the length of a deck allowed in this case. He stated that 3 variances should have been asked for in this situation.
A variance for a setback was requested and those details very complicated.
Developer Mark Pankratz says the house had been planned in such a way but once footings needed to go in – a problem surfaced with the adjacent house so it was moved forward in the lot – affecting setbacks.
Ultimately – the situation came down to some confusion with Town staff.
Pankratz says he is not willing to give up and will do more research on exactly what is the difference between a balcony and a dec*k and how are the definitions being used to hinder the project. Based on the decision at council – most of the built deck will have to be taken down – shaped (much smaller) to conform with the Town bylaws that indicate set backs and the size of a deck projecting out from the building.
Council vote: To deny – Mattes, Schwartzenberger and Hovanes. To approve – Doerr. Absent Veintimilla
On the way to Baldy near McKinney Road
1 helicopter, two small planes and three bomber sited Monday evening
For the record when smoke spotted yesterday many told this was to be a controlled burn.
Now confirmed as a new fire 5-10 hectares labelled Wolf Cub for nearby creek. Apparently a lot of fuel in the area and BC Forest wanted to get this one under control quickly. Some smoke still visible to the east of Oliver.
Zoning Bylaw 1380
Petition to not change allowable businesses (including existing) in industrial zone – one owner has a rock crushing event once a year but council seems to have bowed to pressure and will allow day to day, year round gravel crushing in the M-1 Industrial Zone. To quote Mayor Ron Hovanes – there are more complaints about trying remove some items from the list of permitable business than there are for the actual affects of some heavy industrial uses.
Council decision 4 to 1.
Smoke Free Bylaw 1375
After a 90 minute discussion about gravel crushing, petitions brought forward etc council got to the decision making part of the meeting but in the final analysis disregarded staff, argued endlessly and made no decision other than to defer until a future meeting time. What started as a No Smoke policy in Oliver morphed into an never ending list of questions, answers, changes in language until most were bored with it and the question deferred yet again.
Councillor Petra Veintimillia summed it up best. We are about to be in the busiest period of park usage and we have not agreed on the Smoke Free bylaw in parks as requested. Mayor Ron Hovanes, just back from two weeks in Hawaii said hotels there are…. NO SMOKING zones, as are the beaches – “why are trying to define the exclusions/”. Councillor Dave Mattes stated this started as a no smoking in the parks idea and ballooned into a complete ban in most if not all places in Town.
It’s back to the drawing board.