Council briefs: finishing up, new duplexes

Penticton city council deals with property issues

Retaining wall extended

City staff asked council to approve a notice on title for a property on Williamson Place, and to take injunctive action if the owners doesn’t follow through on completing his retaining wall project.

According to building and permitting manager Ken Kunka, the original building permit, issued in April 2014 was extended to Sept. 2016, but the project has still not been completed.

Kunka said there are safety concerns along with problems over city right of ways that need to be dealt with.

“And there have been several nuisance complaints from the neighbours,” said Kunka.

The permit applicant, Carlos Madeira, requested that he be given until March or April to complete the project.

“As soon as the ground thaws, I am going to carry on and finish the project. It is almost completed,” said Madeira. “I could have it done in a couple of weeks.”

Some councillor expressed concern over the length of time the project had already taken.

“When there is a repeated call for extension, then I have some concern,” said Coun. Judy Sentes.

Council voted unanimously in favour of the staff recommendation, but set the start date of the process to April 15, if the project has not been completed.

Action delayed

Another notice on title, placed on 329 Upper Bench Road S, at the Dec. 6 council meeting was given a delay.

“We have given Mr. (John) Holland 12 months to complete,” said Kunka, adding that city staff believe the owner has met the conditions and will work in good faith to complete outstanding issues with his home.

Double duplexes

Council gave first reading to a zoning amendment that would see a Nelson Avenue house torn down and replaced with a pair of duplexes.

“The properties are, in staff’s opinion, large enough to accommodate the front to back duplexes,” said Anthony Haddad, director of development services. The existing property straddles two properties.

The rezoning will be back before council for a public hearing on Feb. 7.

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