Victoria Avenue homeowner David Bradshaw complains he can't get straight answers on the allowed height of a Marine Drive development.

Victoria Avenue homeowner David Bradshaw complains he can't get straight answers on the allowed height of a Marine Drive development.

White Rock residents seek answers over height

White Rock city officials face criticism over neighbouring project

Victoria Avenue homeowners who live behind an under-construction development say they are frustrated by apparent inaction of city officials to their concerns regarding work at the site.

David Bradshaw and Aroon Shah say inconsistencies in information and a lack of communication further speaks to a pattern they’ve seen in White Rock, in which homeowners’ rights come second to those of developers.

“We don’t sense any balance there,” said Bradshaw.

City manager Dan Bottrill said Friday that he is aware of issues being raised regarding the Marine Drive project. But he disagreed the two groups are treated differently at city hall.

“That’s certainly not the intent,” he said, noting “it’s in the city’s best interest” to treat both as equally as possible.

Bradshaw said issues with Tatla Development’s Waves on Marine project, underway on three lots in the 15500-block of Marine Drive, include height, construction noise outside of the city’s permitted hours and encroachment.

He said the height is a key concern – particularly since city officials have acknowledged that steel roof beams were erected higher than what was approved.

Bradshaw said he and a neighbour met with a city inspector shortly after the beams were raised last month.

“They looked too high to me,” Bradshaw said a week later, as he observed work taking place just a few metres from his bedroom window.

He said he was later advised – after pressing the mayor and chief building official for answers – that the beams were to be adjusted this week for a height reduction of nine inches.

But in addition to receiving two different versions of who noticed the error, Bradshaw said city officials have yet to explain how the project’s maximum allowed height jumped by more than two feet in city documents – to the 53.48 feet approved by council1 in October 2012 from the 51.25-foot maximum that residents spoke to at a public hearing the month before.

“Just a few weeks later, the mayor signs off on 53.48 feet,” Bradshaw said. “How does that happen? We haven’t received an answer yet.

“There’s a whole series of exceptional allowances for this project and we can’t get any reasonable explanation.”

Asked Friday about the discrepancy in the figures, Bottrill was surprised to learn there was a difference. Noting the higher figure is also described as “geodetic,” Bottrill was unable to clarify by Peace Arch News’ press deadline Monday why the documents have different specifics. He said he also was “a bit surprised” Bradshaw’s repeated requests for the clarification had gone unanswered.

Developer Kuldeep Tatla told PAN Friday that he was not aware of the roof-beam concern, but said that all of the work on the four-storey structure is proceeding as approved. Tatla said any discrepancies – which he said is the norm with most projects – would be dealt with by the time it is completed.

“Everything is in process,” Tatla said. “When the building’s finished, it’ll be finished correctly, according to plan. When (Bradshaw) is standing on his deck, he’ll still be able to see clearly over the building.”

Described the complaints as “really the issue of a disgruntled homeowner,” Tatla said Bradshaw is the only neighbour to express concern with the project, although he acknowledged that owners of the Sandpiper Pub – one of whom is White Rock Coun. Bill Lawrence – did initiate legal action earlier this year over encroachment. Tatla said it was felt the “super-tight” property line between the two sites had been over-stepped.

Lawrence told PAN the claim was regarding unauthorized work.

“They had done a couple of things that were not authorized by (Sandpiper owners) and we took them to task on it,” Lawrence said, noting an “agreeable settlement” was reached out of court in March, and “we’ve had no issues with them since.”

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson outlines the province’s three-year budget in Victoria, April 20, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C. deficit to grow by $19 billion for COVID-19 recovery spending

Pandemic-year deficit $5 billion lower than forecast

Chief Constable Norm Lipinski, Surrey Police Service. (Submitted photo)
Surrey Police Service to begin public consultation late June, early July

Community input, chief constable says, ‘will occur’

Surrey RCMP reunited three stolen puppies with their mom. (RCMP handout)
Puppies stolen from South Surrey home located, reunited with mom

Surrey RCMP said they found the stolen puppies on April 16

Welcome to your park sign marks the spot where 84th Avenue will continue east from King George Boulevard 
to 140th Street as part of a $13 million road project. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Road Rage: Opposition mounts anew to Surrey’s plan for 84 Ave. at south end of Bear Creek Park

Same place, same project, same fight as Surrey prepares once again to connect 84th Avenue between King George and 140th Street in Newton

Mak Parhar speaks at an anti-mask rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Parhar was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with allegedly violating the Quarantine Act after returning from a Flat Earth conference held in Geenville, South Carolina on Oct. 24. (Flat Earth Focker/YouTube.com screenshot)
Judge tosses lawsuit of B.C. COVID-denier who broke quarantine after Flat Earth conference

Mak Parhar accused gov, police of trespass, malfeasance, extortion, terrorism, kidnapping and fraud

FILE – NDP Leader John Horgan, right, and local candidate Mike Farnworth greet one another with an elbow bump during a campaign stop in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday, September 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. won’t be using random individual road stops to enforce travel rules: Safety Minister

Minister Mike Farnworth says travel checks only being considered at major highway junctions, ferry ports

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. budget to expand $10-a-day child care, but misses the mark on ‘truly universal’ system

$111 million will be used to fund 3,750 new $10-a-day spaces though 75 additional ChildCareBC universal prototype sites over the next three years.

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

John Wekking, Merritt Road Report - Facebook
 Coquihalla Road Report
Wildfire sparks off Coquihalla in Merritt

The wildfire is located near the Dollarama off of Highway 5

Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Hospitals are seeing record numbers of COVID-19 patients more than a year into the pandemic. (The Canadian Press)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate declines, 849 cases Tuesday

Up to 456 people now in hospital, 148 in intensive care

Christy Clark, who was premier from 2011 to 2017, is the first of several present and past politicians to appear this month before the Cullen Commission, which is investigating the causes and impact of B.C.’s money-laundering problem over the past decade. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Christy Clark says she first learned of money-laundering spike in 2015

The former B.C. premier testified Tuesday she was concerned the problem was ‘apparently at an all-time high’

Most Read