6-month wait period waived

The Community Charter, which provides rules municipalities must abide by, gives city council's some leeway when it comes to taking a second look at specific items.

Kelowna council used one of those tools Monday to waive the six-month re-application waiting period for developments that were not approved.

At the request of Mayor Colin Basran, council agreed to waive the waiting period for a small development at 786 Coopland Crescent.

On June 10, council voted 5-4 against an application by the property owners to add a second duplex at the rear of the property.

The decision by council took Basran by surprise at the time since only two councillors spoke out against it.

Those opposed said it felt tight, and jammed into the available space.

On Monday, Basran said he had been contacted by the property owners, asking for a chance to bring forward a new proposal without having to wait the required six months.

"It's a very small project, but one that's in keeping with a lot of our urban infill policies, and the direction we are moving as a community," said Basran.

Coun. Brad Sieben added he had also spoken with the property owners and learned some of the reasons why they brought forth the proposal they did.

Sieben says he has reconsidered his decision based on those discussions.

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