After-the-fact permit application approved

Victoria Avenue project developers sought city's permission for changes after work was completed.

Proponents of a White Rock construction project who sought the city’s permission to change its plans after the work had already been done received approval from council last month, despite two councillors’ objection.

Developers of the project in question – at 15283 Victoria Ave. – had revised their building plans and submitted them to the city in November 2013. One of the changes was the inclusion of an elevated walkway, which would require a variance permit as it encroached on the side-yard setback, however, the change was not on the list of changes submitted to the city and went unnoticed until an on-site inspection eight months later.

A variance permit application was made last September, and in March, council voted to allow the permit to go to public hearing.

When the motion was made to approve the variance permit at the April 13 council meeting, Coun. Lynne Sinclair said she would not vote in support.

“I think (the walkway) does obstruct the view, it’s too close to the other house,” Sinclair explained. “And I’m not very happy that a very experienced developer in this town wouldn’t put (the change) on the list.”

The motion passed with Sinclair and Coun. Megan Knight opposed.

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