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January 08 2019 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

PUBLIC INPUT

Catherine Wayne, 2500 Reid Court, spoke in opposition to the development application at 4010 Walters Street.  Ms. Wayne said that she didn’t oppose development on the site generally, but did oppose this particular development.  She cited the following concerns:
- Does not feel the City should amend the maximum density for the area set out in the OCP, which is the long-term plan for the community.
- Worried that the parking reduction will result in a spillover onto neighbouring parking lots and streets
- A crosswalk would be required
- There is already insufficient sewer and storm drain infrastructure
- Light pollution
Ms. Wayne also stated that she would like to see an end of use recycling plan for the building.
 
Deborah Merrick, a Reid Court resident, spoke in opposition of the development at 4010 Walters St., stating that she was worried about the effects of reducing parking for the development.
 
Michael Parkinson, 2560 Reid Court, spoke in opposition of the development at 4010 Walters St.  He expressed concern with the size of the building for the size of the lot, the reduction in parking, and the loss of sun on Reid Court.
 
Lawrence McKenna, 2463 Reid, spoke in opposition of the development at 4010 Walters St.  In addition to what was said by others, he echoed concern over parking and traffic and said that a traffic light would be needed, as even now, it is difficult to turn onto Voght Street.
 
GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions
 

Graham Held presented to Council regarding what BC Assessment is, its purpose, goals, and how properties are classified and assessed.  Mr. Held presented statistics regarding the 2019 assessment roll for British Columbia and the City of Merritt.

Gregg Lindros requested that Council give 1st and 2nd reading to the OCP and Zoning Amendment Bylaws related to the 4010 Walters Street development.  He explained that bylaw readings would be a signal that Council is interested in proceeding with this project, subject to the outstanding issues being addressed and receiving the public’s concerns.  He also said that this would help secure financing and stabilize the construction schedule.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Nil
 
BYLAWS
 
THAT Council give first and second reading to the attached draft Official Community Plan Amendment No. 2051 (4010 Walters Street) and;  THAT Council give first and second reading to the attached draft Zoning Bylaw Amendment No. 2050 (4010 Walters Street) and;  THAT staff be directed to schedule a public hearing for the two draft bylaws subsequent to the Housing Agreement and Road Encroachment Agreement being approved by Council, and after the identified outstanding issues are addressed, including Fire Access.
Voting Opposed: Councillors Bhangu, Etchart and White
 
THAT Council give first reading to Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 2051 (4010 Walters Street)
Voting Opposed: Councillors Bhangu, Etchart and White
 
THAT Council give second reading to Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 2051 (4010 Walters Street)
Voting Opposed: Councillors Bhangu, Etchart and White
 
THAT Council give first reading to Zoning Bylaw Amendment No. 2050 (4010 Walters Street)
Voting Opposed: Councillor White
 
THAT Council give second reading to Zoning Bylaw Amendment No. 2050 (4010 Walters Street)
Voting Opposed: Councillor White
 
NEW BUSINESS
 

THAT Council authorize the Mayor and Director of Corporate Services to sign the TNRD Community Works Fund Agreement, Contract #2018-150

NOTICES OF MOTION

Nil 

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
 

Councillor Bhangu reminded staff and Council about nominations for the SILGA Excellence Award and requested that staff consider persons or programs that could be nominated.

 



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