Public Notice Archive 2020

Development Permits, Zoning Amendment and Discharge of Land Use Contracts

650 and 656 Kuldo Boulevard

Update:

22 June 2020 - Development Permit Approved, with conditions

20 July 2020 - Bylaw 1980 and Bylaw 1981, Adopted

On 22 June 2020, Kitimat Council approved a development permit for 650 and 656 Kuldo Boulevard with the following conditions: 

(a)  Development and building finishes at 650 Kuldo Boulevard correspond to Kitimat River Motel and Suites Drawings A1.1, A4.1, A3.0, A4.3 and A7.1, stamped 27 May 2020;

(b)  Development and building finishes at 656 Kuldo Boulevard correspond to Motel Renovation Drawings A1.0, A1.1, A4.2, A4.3 and A7.1, stamped 27 May 2020;

(c)  Landscaping corresponds to Drawing L1  dated 16 June 2020;

(d)  Bond of $5,000 is posted to ensure landscaping is well-established one year after planting;

(e)  Screened and bear-resistant refuse containers;

(f)   IAG Enterprises, as owner of two abutting properties, and District of Kitimat establish:

a.    Easement allowing access and 14 parking spaces on PID 009-428-364 for use by users of PID 011-607-335, unless additional parking is provided on the latter property to comply with Kitimat Municipal Code;

b.    S.219 Covenant secures that above Easement cannot be amended without District of Kitimat consent, and that those 14 parking spaces must be developed and maintained for so long as the corresponding uses on the abutting property require parking spaces to comply with parking requirements of Kitimat Municipal Code;

(g)  Permits be issued by Staff only after Bylaw 1980 to discharge Land Use Contracts pursuant to S.546 (2)(a) of Local Government Act and Bylaw 1981 zoning amendment are adopted;

(h)  Terms of development permit comply with Kitimat Municipal Code after amendments are adopted; and

(i)    Permits expire two years after date issued, if construction is not substantially started and at least 50% complete. 

On 20 July 2020, Kitimat Council adopted Bylaw 1980, 2020 that discharges land use contracts (LUC), and Bylaw 1981 that amends zoning to allow proposed development to comply with Kitimat Municipal Code after the LUCs are discharged.  Adopted bylaws satisfy condition (g) and allows staff to issued the development permit. 

Background

IAG Enterprises, owners of 650 and 656 Kuldo Boulevard, applied for development permits for proposed exterior renovations and additions.  Proponent plans to change name with both buildings managed as “Kitimat River Motel and Suites”. 

Properties are zoned R4-A Residential– Multi-Family – Boarding or Rooming House.  Kitimat Municipal Code permits a boarding house, including dining facilities for residents.  Motel and Restaurant are permitted in Land Use Contracts signed and amended by former property owner and District of Kitimat (DOK) between 1971 and 1975. 

Objectives for form and character of multi-family residential projects are laid out in the Official Community Plan.  New buildings, additions and exterior finished must comply with guidelinesDevelopment Permit Area (DPA) – for Intensive and Multi-Family Residential is designated pursuant to Sections 488(1)(e) and (f) of the Local Government Act

Development Permits 

For purpose of this notice, 650 Kuldo Boulevard is referred to as the “Northstar” and 656 Kuldo Boulevard is referred to as the “Motel”.  Applications are summarized below.  

1.    650 Kuldo Boulevard - Northstar

IAG Enterprises required approval for a restaurant along the south ground-floor wall.  When combined with existing dining facilities, total area of restaurant dining room is approximately 234 square metres.  Renovations will provide a modern look and improve the outdated building. 

Site Plan and Elevations

2.    656 Kuldo Boulevard - Motel

IAG Enterprises required approval for a proposed 3.65 metre addition on north wall.  Addition would add a separate bedroom to each existing unit.  New bedrooms will allow motel to be better suited to meet increased demand.  Intent is to reopen motel in tandem with the Northstar. 

Site Plan and Elevations

Location: 650 and 656 Kuldo Boulevard

Comments received on Development Permits:

Bylaw 1980 - Discharge of Northstar Land Use Contracts, and

Bylaw 1981 - 650 and 656 Kuldo Boulevard Zoning Amendment

Bylaw 1980 discharges three LUCs that apply to these properties.  BCLocal Government Act was amended in 2014 to require existing LUCs be terminated by 2024.  Local governments may — with property owner consent — discharge LUCs before 2024 by bylaw.  IAG has agreed to discharge LUCs dating from 1971 to 1975 if a companion zoning amendment bylaw is adopted.

Bylaw 1981 amends zoning to allow land uses currently permitted by LUC.  Proposed Bylaw creates a new commercial zone that includes “Motel” and “Restaurant” as permitted land uses.  In response to public comment received on the development permit application, multi-family rental apartments are also listed as a permitted land use. If a motel is not profitable post-LNG construction, rental apartments could be a viable business option and provide much needed rental accommodation in Kitimat.  Proposed accessory uses are consistent with other zones where similar principal land uses are permitted.  Coffee Shop and Restaurant are typical accessory uses for a motel or in mixed use commercial/residential areas.  Home Businesses are supported if residential use is established.  Office is only permitted when associated with principal use (e.g., a motel will have offices for management of the facility).

Proposed Off-Street Parking (minimum) requirements address constraints of the site to provide enough parking for the permitted land uses.  As adopted, reductions are now available when bicycle parking and electric vehicle charging station(s) are provided.  

More Information

Application and background material is available for review.  Due to COVID-19, access to the municipal office is restricted.  Public handbook can be viewed by appointment at 270 City Centre, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.  Further inquiries should be directed to Community Planning and Development at 250-632-8900 or dok@kitimat.ca.

Downtown Revitalization Area - Development Permit - 311 City Centre

Update: Approved, with conditions, 11 May 2020

Property owners at 311 City Centre have applied for a Downtown Revitalization Area Development Permit (DRA-DP) to update building exterior.  Proposed renovations include clean metal valance around the perimeter to hide roof edge and provide place for future uniform signage.  New steel doors will be installed at rear of building, as indicated in image on reverse page, and glass front doors will be repaired or replaced.  Exterior block walls will be sealed and pointed.  Top floor will receive new red-stained cedar siding, and new sign for “City Centre Plaza”. Building exterior will be painted grey (not subject to DRA-DP requirements). 

Construction is expected to be ongoing through spring and summer 2020. Estimated completion date is October 2020.    

Exterior renovations must meet requirements of Downtown Design Guidelines.  Guidelines may be reviewed here.

Location: 311 City Centre

 

 

OCP and Zoning Amendment - 207 Loganberry Avenue
Update:  Bylaw 1974 Adopted

On 4 May 2020, Kitimat Council passed the following motion:

THAT, having reviewed Staff Reports and considered public consultation activities to-date, including agency referrals, open house, delegations and public input at Council meetings, meeting and additional correspondence between staff and individuals, Kitimat Council resolves that:

A.  Consultation to-date on Loganberry Commercial Recreation OCP and Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1974, 2020; which Kitimat Council considers to have been both early and ongoing, has provided consultative opportunities in compliance with sections 475 and 477 of the Local Government Act;

B. Kitimat Council has specifically considered this OCP amendment in conjunction with Housing Action Plan and Needs Assessment 2020 , Five Year Financial Plan and Waste Management Plan, in compliance with   sections 473 and 477 of the Local Government Act; and            

THAT Loganberry Commercial Recreation OCP and Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1974, 2020 be given second reading, third reading and adopted.

A Public Hearing will be held on Monday, 4 May 2020, starting at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 606 Mountainview Square, Kitimat BC, for  

Bylaw 1974 allows ‘Recreation, Commercial’ as a permitted land use.  Application is to construct and operate an indoor go-kart facility at 207 Loganberry Avenue. Application required an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment converting land use designation from ‘Residential Small Holdings’ to ‘Neighbourhood’.  Lot coverage, floor area ratio, and off-street parking requirement updates are also proposed.  

Proposed facility will use electric go-karts in a building intended to minimize noise and other disturbances to neighbourhood residents.  Proposed building will be approximately 3,700 square metres on ground floor with a small second floor for offices and supporting uses.  Increases in lot coverage and floor area ratio (amount of floor area permitted determined by lot size) are required to accommodate proposed site plan.  

Off-street parking requirements are proposed based on current Kitimat Municipal Code ratio of 1.5 square metres of parking area for every square metre of retail space.  This will apply to an appropriate portion of retail and reception area.  Additional parking requirement will be linked to number of go-karts in operation. 

Location:  207 Loganberry Avenue

More Information

Bylaw 1974Council Reports and other background material is available for review at the District of Kitimat reception desk, 270 City Centre, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.  Further inquiries should be directed to Community Planning and Development at 250-632-8900, or email.

Comments Received (From - Date)

Support

Jack Oviatt - 17 April 2020
Bill Kearley and Jane Cummings - 20 April 2020
Dominic Feenan - 30 April 2020

Opposed

Brandon and Leslie Highton - 28 April 2020

Development Variance Permit - 71 Starling Street

Update: Approved, with conditions, 4 May 2020

On 4 May 2020, Kitimat Council approved a development variance permit for 71 Starling Street, to allow a proposed addition to the principal residence to be constructed within the east side yard setback.  Property is zoned R2-A Two Family Detached Residential.  Kitimat Municipal Code (KMC) requires 1.8 metre side yards.  Proposed structure will be 1.4 metres from the east property line and 6.065 metres high at peak.  Added height allows second floor living space. 

Permit was approved with the following conditions:
(a)   Accessory structure does not exceed height of 6.07 metres measured to the peak;
(b)   Legal survey at time of installing footings or foundation to confirm minimum east side yard of 1.4 metres;
(c)   Drainage and snow storage from proposed accessory structure comply with District standards;
(d)   Consider feasibility of proposed addition and future renovation being universally accessible; and
(e)   Permit expiration of 4 May 2022, if building permit is not issued.”

Location: 71 Starling Street

More Information

Applicationsite plan and elevations are available for review.  Public handbook may be viewed by appointment at the District of Kitimat reception desk, 270 City Centre, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. Further inquiries should be directed to Community Planning and Development at 250-632-8910.

Thank you for your ongoing interest in your community.

Development Variance Permit - 78 Sturgeon Street

Update: Permit Approved, with conditions

On 4 May 2020, Kitimat Council approved a development variance permit to allow construction of an accessory structure to house a pottery studio, workshop and storage at 78 Sturgeon Street.  Property owners of 78 Sturgeon Street had applied to reduce south side yard from 4.5m to 2m and rear yard from 9m to 1.66m.  After consideration of public comments received Council voted to retain 4.5m south side yard and grant variance to reduce rear yard to 1.66m.  

Council Motion reads as follows:

Moved and seconded,
"THAT a development variance permit to reduce rear yard from 9 metres to 1.66 metres at 78 Sturgeon Street be approved, with conditions:
(a)   That south side yard of 4.5 metres is maintained;
(b)   Full removal of non-confirming structures that encroach onto Crown Provincial land at rear of property within 30 days of occupancy permit being issued;
(c)   Accessory structure does not exceed height of 7 metres measured to mid-pitch;
(d)   Legal survey or onsite verification by District of Kitimat officials at time of installing footings or foundation to confirm minimum south side yard of 4.5 metres and minimum rear yard of 1.66 metres;
(e)   Drainage and snow storage from proposed accessory structure comply with District standards;
(f)    Permit expiration of 4 May 2022, if building permit is not issued.”

Location: 78 Sturgeon Street

More Information

Applicationsite plan and elevations are available for review at the District of Kitimat reception desk, 270 City Centre, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. Further inquiries should be directed to Community Planning and Development at 250-632-8910.

Comment Received

R.Lewis - 30 April

Thank you for your ongoing interest in your community!

Downtown Revitalization Area - Development Permit, 525 Mountainview Square (Mr. Mikes)

A development permit is required for new buildings and for some projects which will change the outside appearance of existing buildings in downtown Kitimat, such as new exterior materials and signs.  This notice has been issued to describe a pending application.

If you are thinking about making improvements to your building, please call to inquire before you finalize plans, purchase materials or start work.  Kitimat’s Downtown Design Panel can offer guidance.  The Panel evaluates projects which require permits, and submits recommendations to Staff and Council.  This review process ensures projects meet design guidelines which have been adopted to make Downtown Kitimat a lively, functional, accessible, attractive, and cohesive pedestrian-oriented place.

Update: On 25 March 2020, the Director of Community Planning & Development approved a Downtown Revitalization Area Development Permit application for the installation of new signs for Mr. Mikes restaurant. Proposed signs will replace existing signs on east and west sides, and install new signs on north and south sides of the building.  Signs will be standard company branding with individually illuminated lettering on background with woodgrain graphic.  

What is happening?

Mr. Mikes Steakhouse is updating exterior signs.  Application proposes three new signs to replace signs existing signs on three sides of the building and a fourth sign is proposed for the remaining side.  

Sign must meet requirements of Downtown Design Guidelines.  

Where is it?    525 Mountainview Square

More Information

Application and proposed signs are available for review at the District of Kitimat reception desk, 270 City Centre, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.  Further inquiries should be directed to Community Planning & Development at 250-632-8910.

Thank you for your on-going interest in revitalizing downtown Kitimat.

Sign Amendment Bylaw 1952, 2020

Update:  Adopted, 9 March 2020

Kitimat Council has voted to adopt Sign Bylaw No. 1952, 2020, to update Kitimat Municipal Code (KMC).  Staff initiated amendments to KMC sign regulations adding created since last revision.  Four “missing” zones wereR3-C Mixed Use Social Housing, C11 Highway Commercial, C12 Commercial Transition and Interim Residential Dormitory, and C13 HTC Mixed Use Commercial/Residential (Haisla Centre). 

Bylaw No. 1952 was an opportunity to make Part 9 – Division 3 of Kitimat Municipal Code more user-friendly.  Section has been reformatted from text to table; making sign regulations much easier to read and interpret.   

Table on reverse page outlines updatedregulations for C11, C12, C13 and R3-C Zones.  New format for Sign section of KMC.

More Information

Bylaw 1952, related information and other background material is available for review at the District of Kitimat reception desk, 270 City Centre, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. Further inquiries should be directed to Community Planning and Development at 250-632-8900 or email.

Zoning Amendment - Accessory Dwelling Units for Select Zones and Properties,
                                   Bylaw 1969, 2020 (Strawberry Meadows Area)
Update: Adpoted, 9 March 2020

Kitimat Council has voted to adopt zoning regulation amendments that allow more dwelling types for properties in the Strawberry Meadows Area. Amendments allow one detached accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in addition to a principal residence on each lot in the following land use zones: G3-B Strawberry Meadows, G3-C Residential, C10 Agriculture Commercial, and one property identified as E 1/2 of DL 6005 R5C in G5-A Forestry Transition Zone.  Detached ADU, up to 100 square metres, is permitted in lieu of a legal suite or duplex dwelling.  Maximum number of dwelling units permitted on a property would remain two.

How an ADU is situated on a parcel can vary, but must comply with Kitimat Municipal Code requirements for lot coverage, yard setbacks, height, and parking.  Examples of a detached ADU and sample site plan for a typical rural residential lot.

Kitimat Council voted to amend Bylaw 1969, adding requirement for Landscape Screen to reduce potential impact of a detached ADU on neighbouring properties.  

More Information

Revised Bylaw 1969, related information and other background material is available for review at the District of Kitimat reception desk,  270 City Centre, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday from 4 February to 10 March 2020, excluding statutory holidays. Further inquiries should be directed to Community Planning and Development at 250-632-8900 or email.

PublicComment Received:

Zoning Amendment - Accessory Dwelling Units for Cable Car Neighbourhood, Bylaw 1963, 2020
Update: Adopted, 2 March 2020

Kitimat Council has voted to adopt zoning regulation amendments that would allow more dwelling types in Cable Car. Amendments allow one detached accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in addition to a principal residence on each lot in G3-A Cable Car Zone and three properties on Oolichan Avenue in C4 Local Store Zone.  

Detached ADUs, up to 100 square metres, are now permitted in lieu of a legal suite or duplex dwelling.  Maximum number of dwelling units permitted on a property remainstwo.  Cable Car is unique in Kitimat, all properties have self-contained septic systems, that must be approved by Northern Health.  After consulting with Northern Health, the following condition of use for allowing detached ADUs has been proposed:

  • Accessory Dwelling Unit (Detached) use is not permitted unless a contiguous clear land area sufficient for a sewerage reserve disposal field is available on the parcel, as confirmed by a certified professional and Northern Health Authority;

How an ADU is sited on a parcel can vary, but must comply with Kitimat Municipal Code requirements.  Examples of a detached ADU and sample site plan for a typical rural residential lot.

Kitimat Coouncil added that a detached ADU must have a Landscape Screen to reduce potential impact and disturbance for neighbouring properties.  

More Information

Revised Bylaw 1963, related information and other background material is available for review at the District of Kitimat reception desk, 270 City Centre, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.  Further inquiries should be directed to Community Planning and Development at 250-632-8900 or email.

Public Comment Received:

Zoning Amendment - 12 and 36 Hwy 16
Update: Adopted, 2 March 2020

Kitimat Council has voted to adopt zoning amendment regulations allowing ‘Office’ as a permitted land use and amending off-street parking requirements for two lots in C11 Highway Commercial Zone. 

Centron Development Corporation is seeking approval to construct an office building on land zoned C11 Highway Commercial (the Horizon North property).  Development concept proposes a three-storey office on Lot 1 (future civic address 12 Highway 37) and a restaurant with a two-storey office/retail building on Lot 3 (future civic address 36 Highway 37).  Current address of 28 Highway 37 encompasses Horizon North’s entire parcel.  Proposed restaurant has a drive-thru.  Lot 2 (future civic address 22 Highway 37) is location of Fairfield Inn and Suites currently under construction.  

Application requested to reduce parking requirement from 1.5 square metres of parking space for every square metre of retail or office space to 0.93 square metres.  Reduction would align requirement with the North American standard for commercial shopping areas. Kitimat Council voted to reduce off-street parking requirement to 1.25 metres of parking space for every square metre off retail or office space.  

Crossroads properties are located in Highway Gateway Development Permit Area.  Development properties must comply with guidelines in the Kitimat Official Community Plan.  A development permit application and new notice will likely follow to consider form and character of buildings, landscaping and finishes.   

More Information

Revised Bylaw 1971, related information and other background material, is available for review at the District of Kitimat reception desk, 270 City Centre, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.  Further inquiries should be directed to Community Planning and Development at 250-632-8900 or by email.

 Temporary Use Permit - Koi Yoga Studio

 Status: Approved through Delegate Authority 11 February 2020 with conditions.

Alannah Murphy Sivyer applied for a Temporary Use Permit renewal to operate a yoga studio in compliance with home occupation regulations.  Home business has been in operation since February 2016, with no proposed changes. 

Local Government Act restricts Temporary Use Permits to three years with option on one renewal.  Applicant is seeking renewal for an additional three years to expire in January 2023.

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