Westheath paving to be done this spring (updated)

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Executive committee meets on March 20, 2014 at city hall. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

Executive amends private lots payments to three months after paving is done

Private lots will be paid for in the Westheath subdivision three months after paving is completed.

The city will finish paving in the subdivision this spring. Executive committee approved the private lots payment to protect people purchasing the lots. The motion also included speculative lots having a building permit in place within three months following the paving.

“This is the second or third time this has been back here. It just speaks to me that we need to remind ourselves what we’re in the business of doing with the city and I don’t know if it’s the developments on subdivisions,” said Coun. Patrick Boyle. “I’ll support this, but in future I think developments like this are best left to private companies as we’ve seen in West Park.

“I understand there’s revenue to be gained here, but there’s also a risk. It also affects other work that we’re doing with city crews.”

It also included an amendment for a previous motion stating private lot payments are due no later than April 1, 2014. Monday’s meeting changed that to three months after paving is completed.

The fourth phase of the Westheath subdivision has 66 lots. Out of those, six single-family lots have been sold, 38 have been spoken for under sale and purchase agreements and 24 have been returned to the city for resale. One multi-family lot has been sold and three multi-family lots are still available.

The lots were first made available to the public to buy privately in December 2012, provided the buyer could put down a 10 per cent deposit and pay the balance within 90 days. The rest of the lots were available to builders in January 2013 if they put down a 10 per cent deposit and pay the rest within a year after applying for the building permit.

The subdivision was to be fully serviced in fall 2012, but it wasn’t finished when lots were offered for sale. The city then expected servicing to be done by spring 2013 so buyers could start building. The paving is still not done and the city now expects it to be finished this spring.

Monday’s motion is a further amendment to a motion from the Oct. 28 executive committee for the city to return the deposit to any purchaser of a Westheath lot upon request and resell the lot.

“For us it’s costing money not to have it paved,” said Coun. Brian Swanson. “That would be the only worry I have. We’re the only game in town. (Contactors) manage their business how they see fit.”

The completion date of the homes is set at Dec. 31, 2015.

Executive passed the motion with Swanson and Coun. Dawn Luhning opposed.

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Geographic location: West Park

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