A section of the under-construction Newport project was to be adjusted following the discovery its height exceeded what is allowed by about four inches.

A section of the under-construction Newport project was to be adjusted following the discovery its height exceeded what is allowed by about four inches.

Four-inch dilemma for White Rock project

Newport development 'must comply' with height restrictions, city says

Work on a Marine Drive commercial/residential project hit a glitch recently, when it was discovered that a section of the under-construction development had been built higher than allowed.

White Rock city manager Dan Bottrill confirmed last week that officials behind the Newport complex approached city staff “weeks ago” regarding a discrepancy of about four inches.

“It was apparently a short conversation between staff and Newport,” Bottrill told Peace Arch News. “I don’t know the details other than they wanted to inquire as to whether this is something the city would be open to. We said no.

“They’re going to be making adjustments so that it (is) within the (allowed) height.”

The project is under construction on 1.14 acres at the high-profile corner of Marine Drive and Oxford Street – on the former White Rock Muffler site, plus two neighbouring Buena Vista Avenue lots.

First proposed in 2011 – and the subject of much concern for area residents in the months that followed – it received the go-ahead from White Rock council in March 2013, and celebrated its groundbreaking in May of the following year.

Bottrill said the section in question fronts Marine Drive. The development as a whole will be checked for compliance with zoning once complete, he said.

“They need to be complying.”

Reached last week, a representative of developer LLW Holdings Ltd. told PAN he “had no information” regarding the height issue.