Trading places

A Kootenay Avenue road closure bylaw adopted by council on May 24 is adopted again and now includes a land swap.

A Kootenay Avenue road closure bylaw adopted by council on May 24 is adopted again and now includes a land swap between the city and two residents.

The initial bylaw had been submitted to the Land Title Survey Authority (LTSA) for registration with the corresponding subdivision but was rejected because the area represented in the bylaw was slightly different than the subdivision plan.

A new bylaw is now on the books, repealing the original bylaw and containing drawings accurately representing the road closure. Council made first and second reading of the bylaw and set a public meeting on June 24, and approved it July 15.

The owner of two properties (1960, 1980) on Kootenay Avenue submitted a development variance application to reduce the front setback on the two lots.

Upon review of the site, it was determined that a land exchange, which would result in the lots shifting southward toward Kootenay Ave, would be preferable as it would secure additional snow storage within a wider lane way north of the lots, while also allowing the city to better manage the drainage and snow melt issues.

A second property owner, at 1992 Kootenay Ave, agreed with the proposal, which in addition to creating a wider lane way north of the lot, would provide a compliant setback for the dwelling on both the east and south property boundaries—the dwelling’s siting is now legally nonconforming.

The proposed land exchange is intended to result in no increase or reduction in lot size from the three properties; sections of boulevard acquired from the City’s Kootenay Ave. boulevard assume the same value as that acquired from the three lots.

The City will cover the costs of surveying and registration.