Council briefs: Global Dewatering Ltd. gets go-ahead for new SIDP office park

Highlights from Nov. 26 meeting

Office park development

Council has passed a rezoning amendment to allow Global DeWatering Ltd. to build an office park space within the Skeena Industrial Development Park.

Global Dewatering Ltd. specializes in dredging and groundwork operations and purchased the 6.8 hectares of land in 2013. The amendment would rezone the 0.81 hectares of property from M2, heavy industrial, to M4, industrial office park zone, on the corner of Hwy 37 and Jack Talstra Way at the entrance of the park.

The company has also applied to subdivide the land further to create four smaller industrial lots.

The M4 zone was added to the city’s list of bylaws in January and was intended to provide for administration, office space and related services in support of the SIDP land development.

Variance permit moves forward

Council passed a rezoning permit for first and second reading that would allow for single detached family homes to be built inside N.C. Properties Inc.’s proposed 45-unit subdivision at 4645 Graham Ave. on the southern edge of Terrace.

The site owner, Rod Pelletier, submitted an application for the development of phase one earlier this month. The property was rezoned to R3, low density multi-family residential back in 2016, but needed the variance to construct a mix of single-detached and semi-detached homes.

Before, the R3 Zone only permitted the construction of semi-detached and townhouse building types, typical for low-density multi-family developments. City planner David Block says the development will bring smaller, more affordable homes to the Terrace market.

A public hearing for the bylaw change will be organized for early 2019.

Wildfire risk reduction

The City of Terrace has applied for a provincial grant for a program that would go a step beyond the planning stages to reduce the community’s risk for wildfire.

Up to $100,000 is available depending on the level of fire risk in the area, and the city is eligible to receive the full amount, says city planner David Block.

“We are much more in the moderate to higher risk than we used to be,” he says.

The grant could be used to fund an assessment of the hill slope behind the Sportsplex, an area identified by city staff as being “high-risk.” The pilot project would remove materials and brush with some signage to educate the public on fire safety.

For the first time, funding is also available to private property owners for an assessment, with additional assistance to make the changes needed to reduce their fire risk.

Westland Resources will prepare and submit the application on the City’s behalf and are also working with the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine on a similar application.

*CORRECTION – The Dec. 6 print edition of the Terrace Standard noted the variance permit for 4645 Graham Avenue had passed on Nov. 26. It had passed for first and second readings, with a public hearing to come in early 2019.


 


brittany@terracestandard.com

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