Property owner corrects decades-old error

Council approves variance for non-conforming setbacks at home built in 1951

  • Mar. 17, 2015 7:00 p.m.

A contractor is attempting to right a wrong committed 64 years ago in an Alder Street home.

Yannick Duplain has requested a variance on a property zoning to reduce the limit of how far an attached carport can be built from the property line at the front and side yards of a house he is renovating for its owners.

Council granted that request at last week’s Monday council meeting.

Coun. Larry Samson said he sympathized with Duplain.

“I want to thank the proponents for bringing this forward, I guess when they buy an older house like this and whenever you uncover things like this it must be trying times,” Samson said. “So I’ll be pleased to support this motion.

According to city staff, a variance was given to the original owners of the home in 1951 to reduce the minimum front and side yard setbacks for the carport. However, when it was built it did not honour the variances which created a non-conforming, illegal situation for the new owners.


Curlers collect ice


Council approved giving $300 from its council contingency fund to a group of Campbell River curlers who will represent B.C. at the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championships.

The event will be held in Valleyfield, Quebec from March 21 to 29.

Curlers Dean Thulin, Ken Dawson, Rob Robinson and Mike Caton said the funds will go towards a number of items.

“As the provincial representative we are expected to provide gift bags for each provincial team member and the executive, a supper for the participants and guests and other small expenses related to our appreciation to the hosts,” wrote Thulin in a letter to council. “We assure you that we will represent our city and province to the best of our abilities.”


Map tweaked


The city has updated a map of lands near the Campbell River Airport.

The area has a Local Area Service Tax on it which was imposed by council in 2006 after it extended water and sanitary sewer service to those properties.

Deputy City Clerk Tracy Bate said the updated map was prompted by a need for clarity.

“A property owner recently questioned whether their property was located within the Local Service Area because the map attached to (the) bylaw was not well defined,” Bate said. “Staff agree that the map is difficult to read.

“Staff recommend that (the) bylaw be amended by updating and replacing the map to clearly identify the properties which are currently subject to the Local Area Service Tax,” Bate added. “The map has also been updated to take into account lot subdivisions and consolidations since the original bylaw was enacted.”