B.C. Tree Fruits wants to expand the packinghouse on Bottom Wood Lake Road. (Google Maps photo)                                James Baker

B.C. Tree Fruits wants to expand the packinghouse on Bottom Wood Lake Road. (Google Maps photo) James Baker

Oversight brings issue back

Lack of public input means Lake Country council will reconsider a development plan

A proposed development in Lake Country is getting a do-over.

Council has denied a development variance permit for B.C. Tree Fruits’ packinghouse on Bottom Wood Lake Road, but the decisoon is null and void as the matter will come back as public input didn’t occur Tuesday.

Mayor James Baker admits that he forgot to ask for public comments from the floor on the application before asking council members to vote on the issue.

“It’s the first time in 10 or 12 years or however long I’ve been mayor,” he said.

It only came to Baker’s notice at the end of the meeting that representatives from BCTF had not had an opportunity to speak.

As a result, it’s anticipated that a second consideration of the development variance permit, including public input, will be held May 2.

“The mayor has the option of bringing a resolution back within 30 days for reconsideration,” said Baker.

“They (BCTF) will have an opportunity to speak.”

BCTF wants to construct a one-storey addition on the packinghouse and wants to vary the requirements for frontage improvements such as sidewalks, curb, gutter and lighting.

District staff recommended that the variance be approved Tuesday, but council opted to deny the application.

“It’s a dangerous road and a lot of school children walk on it. We need it upgraded and we don’t have the money to do it,” said Baker.