Balancing aesthetics and affordability in Canal Flats

Canal Flats Council briefs of July 8th

By Dean Midyette

Special to the Pioneer

Construction on a water line replacement along Burns Avenue will continue through the month of July. Outdated two and four inch pipe is being replaced with standard six inch pipe. There will be infrequent, intermittent service interruption during construction as well as a road closure with a short detour around the construction site.

The following items were discussed at the regular Canal Flats council meeting held on July 8th:

The Open Burning bylaw that was deferred in June received the first three readings. Significant discussion from all members of council that were present centered around Section 10 of the bylaw which deals with fireworks launched from public spaces. In the end, council considered the issues of municipal liability if this section were amended or removed and first three readings passed unanimously.

The bylaw amending the current Zoning Bylaw passed first and second readings. There are three significant parts to this bylaw that include setting a minimum frontage for primary residential buildings at 18 feet or 5.5 meters, defining “temporary use” and curtailing signage not related to businesses or organizations that are currently operating in the village. Council members had and extended discussion around the frontage dimensions of the primary residence, trying to balance aesthetics or “curb appeal” against the needs of families to have affordable and attainable housing. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for July 22nd and council urges property owners that have strong opinions on frontage dimensions to comment in person or in writing. The dimensions, or any other part of the bylaw amendment, can be amended after the public hearing and prior to third reading.

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