Variance OK’d for carriage home
Special to The Herald
Summerland council approved a development variance request to allow the conversion of an existing house into a carriage house at 11612 Adams Ave.
The carriage house is intended to be a care home for the property owner’s father.
“The property owners are requesting a variance to increase the maximum allowable size of a carriage house because the existing house, proposed to be converted to a carriage house, is 24 square metres larger than what is permitted in the zoning bylaw,” director of development services Dean Strachan told council Monday.
The bylaw requires that for lots less than 1,000 square metres, the maximum size for a carriage house is 60 square metres while for lots greater than 1,000 square metres the allowable size is 90 square metres.
The subject property is 937 square metres.
If the property were 63 square metres larger, the proposed carriage house would be compliant with the zoning bylaw, Strachan explained.
Council also approved the request to reduce the front yard setback required from 6.0 metres to 4.0 metres to allow construction of a new single detached house.
“This variance is required to allow for adequate separation between the proposed house and the existing dwelling,” Strachan said.