Saturday April 19, 2014

Ord Road zoning gets cleaned up

Some bylaw housekeeping for Ord Road zoning will require a public hearing.

City development and engineering services director Marvin Kwiatkowski said Tuesday the paperwork clean up involves rezoning of certain properties along Ord Road to make them current.

The rezoning will legitimize existing land uses, such as changing the Singh Bowl soccer field to parks and recreation, and some other properties from future development to mobile home park, or to light industrial.

Some of the land uses were non-conforming. There will be restrictions on the proposed industrial area, including prohibition of bulk petroleum sales and storage, or crematoriums.

Mayor Peter Milobar wondered if there would be people concerned about the Singh Bowl, because as park it would be used as a flood retention route.

“If we change the zoning to P1, would we be incurring wrath if we're tearing up a park in event of a flood?” he asked.

Kwiatkowski said it’s common in some places to have parks as flood-retention areas. The use is permitted within that zoning.

Council unanimously approved going to public hearing.

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