Sidney house plans on hold

Sidney council holds off on granting permit until talks happen

Neighbours of a property on Amelia Avenue in Sidney will talk with the homeowner and town staff about ways to lessen the impact of planned renovations.

The owner, Ken Wright, has applied to the town for a development variance permit to allow him to add a third story to the house. The variance would require the town to relax existing height and setback restrictions in its existing regulations.

Nearby residents spoke to council June 10, expressing concern that a taller home — one that already does not conform to current bylaws — will negatively impact them. Their issues ranged from loss of privacy to something that doesn’t fit in with the character of the neighbourhood.

Wright, also at the meeting, says he has lived there for 35 years, has no intention to leave and wants to upgrade his home. He said he didn’t want to be punished for having a home that was built in the 1920s and as the town’s rules changed, no longer conforms to current zoning rules.

“I want to make the home liveable,” he said, “with the least amount of impact on my community.”

Wright, his neighbours and council expressed the desire to talk further and to seek other options. Mayor Larry Cross noted that council will slow things down when public concerns are expressed, in order to assess any negative impacts.

“If there are any changes,” added Councillor Marilyn Loveless, “the proper process still holds, including informing neighbours within a 250-metre radius (of the property).”

Chief administrative officer Randy Humble noted that holds true only for changes that fall outside of the scope of the original application. Coun. Tim Chad added, however, that he’ll insist any changes — even small ones — be communicated to the neighbours.

Council did not set a timeline on the discussions.

 

Just Posted

Peninsula speed skating duo aiming for the national stage

Pair opted to train in long track skating this season for the first time

Peninsula Panthers knocking on the door of the VIJHL playoffs

NORTH SAANICH — The Peninsula Panthers are getting down to crunch time… Continue reading

Tent city resident just wants a home

Roving tent city has made its way to Central Saanich

Keating Elementary to get seismic upgrades, 4 new classrooms

Construction on $7.92 million project to begin in July

First Nations integral to North Saanich’s new addictions treatment facility

Pauquachin First Nation working with Homewood Health at former Dunsmuir Lodge site

Sidney’s Salish Sea aquarium to close for maintenance

First extended closure for the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea since it opened in 2009

Cash still needed for Stelly’s Cross Path

MLA Olsen wants more specifics first

Butchart Gardens is hiring now and paying more

Wages start at $15, job fair Feb. 20

Injured parachutist wants stolen backpack back

Bag contained important video files of 2017 parachuting incident

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

Sentencing hearing begins for ex-BC Liberals employee in ‘quick wins’ scandal

Former communications director Brian Bonney pleaded guilty last October

Boat capsizes in Caddy Bay

Two members of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club Race Team spent part… Continue reading

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag for Canada at 2018 Olympics

The pair earned a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games

Witnesses sought to reported sexual assault in downtown Victoria

Early morning incident happened near Quadra and View streets

Most Read