Council notebook: Crescent Park development, cast iron water main and more

Lisa Goudy
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Coun. Brian Swanson discusses why he believes administration should provide a report to executive committee detailing the rezoning of properties facing Crescent Park that are currently zoned R4 “with the intent to allow for enhanced usage of the site" at the Feb. 10, 2014 executive committee meeting.

Executive committee has ordered a report from city administration regarding development near Crescent Park.

At Monday’s meeting, executive approved Coun. Brian Swanson’s motion for administration to provide a report to executive committee detailing the rezoning of properties facing Crescent Park that are currently zoned R4 “with the intent to allow for enhanced usage of the site.”

“We should be looking at adjusting the zoning there to allow for more site usage for development. To have frontage setbacks when facing a 28-acre park, I think in most large urban centres, those properties are highly sought after,” said Swanson. “The more development … the better it is for the city in terms of taxation revenue.”

He said he’s only referring to properties facing Crescent Park. Half of the properties facing Crescent Park are zoned C2 High Density Commercial, which allows for 100 per cent site coverage. The other half is R4 Core Mixed Residential, which allows for maximum site coverage of 50 per cent.

“I’m not necessarily in favour of 100 per cent site coverage,” said Swanson. “For these people, really the rear lane should become their primary road.”

Mayor Deb Higgins and some of the other councillors expressed their interest in taking a closer look.

“For sure we need to look at the bylaw itself and how our zoning is done,” said Higgins. “I wouldn’t be opposed to taking a closer look at the properties around and looking at some different options of what could be done.”

Other items considered at Monday’s council and executive committee meetings:

• Coun. Brian Swanson gave notice of the following motion he will make at the next council meeting: “That administration present to city council a comprehensive report detailing a chronology of reports to city council concerning the status of the city’s cast iron water mains and the rehabilitation thereof.”

• Councillors declined for the City of Moose Jaw to use its membership interest to appoint a majority of the board of directors at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery’s upcoming annual general meeting set for March 27.

• Council received and filed the three decisions of the development appeals board. As well, council received and filed the notice of the next development appeals board meeting set for Feb. 18.

• Council received and adopted the minutes of the recent municipal planning commission meeting. Two items required council approval, which was granted. One was a discretionary use application or a proposed retail store on the 200 block of Seventh Avenue Northwest. The other was a proposed subdivision and zoning bylaw amendment for the subdivision.

• Council passed a dust control program bylaw to charge a portion of the cost of the program in 2014 to assessed owners of lands either fronting or abutting the work.

• Council passed a bylaw authorizing the city to enter in an agency agreement between Fire Marque Inc. and the City of Moose Jaw, but it was not unanimous so it will come back to council at the next council meeting.

• City administration provided a number of responses to enquiries. The first was the status of the Lasting Impressions Building at 116 Main St. N. According to Michelle Sanson, manager of planning and business development, the owners applied for and were approved for a building permit on May 10, 2012. The most recent inspection was May 28, 2012.

Since then, no additional work has been done and there has been no contact with the city’s building official. According to the building code requirements, a building permit will expire if work is suspended for six months. That permit has expired, but a progress inspection will be done by the end of the month. She added there is “no imminent danger to public safety.”

Another response to an enquiry was regarding cast iron water line replacements from 2009 to 2013. According to the response from Ty Stokes, director of engineering services, n 2009, the city replaced 96 meters; in 2010, 274 meters; in 2011, 90 meters; in 2012, zero meters; and in 2013, 483 meters. Swanson said there are 84,000 meters of cast iron water lines put in between 1911 and 1915 with a life expectancy of 100 years.

The final enquiry was about what payments were made to Mosaic Place and YaraCentre by the city for rentals at the facilities in 2013. Myron Gulka-Tiechko, city clerk/solicitor, said in his response the rental charges total $716.14 including GST in 2013.

• Executive committee granted the mayor and city clerk authorization to execute the updated development, use and maintenance agreement with Wakamow Valley.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Museum, Fire Marque, Executive committee

Geographic location: Crescent Park, Moose Jaw, Seventh Avenue Northwest. Wakamow Valley

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