Apr 12, 2021

Ladysmith Council Notebook for April 6, 2021

Ladysmith Council met on Tuesday, April 6 for two virtual Public Hearings and a Regular Meeting of Council. 

The first Public Hearing was for Official Community Plan (OCP) and Zoning Bylaw amendments at 670 & 674 Farrell Road and Lot 20 Trans-Canada Highway. 

Council proceeded with third reading of these proposed changes, which included: 

  • Allowing multi-family residential, single family residential, and parks and open space;
  • Amending the zoning to Low Density Residential, Single Dwelling Residential and Park and Recreation; 
  • Amending the R-1 zone on the properties to included duplexes on parcels 780 square metres or larger.

The proposed development also requires Ministry of Transportation approval due to its proximity to the highway. 

The second Public Hearing was for OCP and Zoning Bylaw amendments at 201 & 203 Dogwood Drive, the site of the former Dalby’s Automotive business. 

Council proceeded with third reading of the proposed changes, which included: 

  • Amending the OCP designation of the properties from Local Commercial to Multi-Family Residential,  adding Development Permit Area 4 – Multi-Unit Residential, and amending policies in the Multi-Family Residential designation; 
  • Changing the zone from Local Commercial (C-1) to a new zone, Multi-Family Mixed- Use (R-4); for a proposed 25 unit, five storey multi-family residential building with potential for small-scale commercial uses on the ground floor.

Next, Mayor Stone recognized Taylor (Mackenzie) Walters who was awarded the prestigious Terry Fox Humanitarian Award in recognition of her work promoting equality in the sciences. 

The award, valued at up to $28,000, supports young humanitarians who have demonstrated courage and determination through academics, athletics and civic life.  

Moving on, Council issued a Development Variance Permit to allow the installation of a canopy on a building where there is more than one projecting sign.  The business is Blooms at the 49th (1020 1st Avenue) and the building already has four projecting signs, one for each of the businesses. 

Council approved the request from Cystic Fibrosis Canada to illuminate City Hall with blue or teal lights on Saturday, May 1, 2021 in support of Cystic Fibrosis awareness.