Windermere Lake weir. Pioneer file photo

Invermere Council briefs

Weirs, eaves, and a border business

Business on the border

Invermere Residents will get to weigh in on whether a building near the downtown – 218 7th Avenue – should be zoned for a commercial operation.

Treasures in the Wind had obtained a business license and was briefly in operation in the building before an anonymous complaint from a downtown business owner sent them packing.

Staff recommended denying the commercial application because the change would go against the Official Community Plan, which aims to keep downtown and Athalmer as the District’s main locations to do business.

Even so, during the last District of Invermere Council meeting of Tuesday, May 28th, council opted to carry the proposal forward for a public hearing at a date which remains to be determined.

“It’s so close to the (downtown) border,” said Mayor Al Miller. “We’ll see what our citizens say.”

Sunny eaves

Also going forward for public feedback is a request to allow for extra-long eaves at 703-13th Avenue to catch more sun to help power a passive home.

What to do with weathered weir

Councillor Ute Juras raised a concern with the old weir in Windermere Lake near the Athalmer bridge after hearing that visitors had come close to hitting it. She proposed asking Transport Canada for signage to warn boaters about the hazard.

In the longer term, Mayor Miller is intrigued by the possibility of improving the weir. He said he’s heard from a few people who would like to see the weir turned into an attraction like a dock or a walkway.

“It would certainly add to the whole waterfront project,” he said.

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