Vari­ance OK’d for car­riage home

Penticton Herald - - OKANAGAN - By SU­SAN McIVER

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.

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