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#1 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 07:15 PM

Michelle and Simon Gowing map out the plans for their new Saanich house.

 

They bought the property in August and initially planned to renovate it. They completed the proper inspections and structural safety checks before buying, but after tearing up the floorboards, they found a cracked foundation, something not found in their inspection.

 

They decided to start from scratch and knock the original home down, but that’s when everything took a turn.

 

“We had all of our plans, our architect’s designed, we’d spoken with the municipality. We were ready to submit for the building permit and the demolition permit and at that point, when we did do those submissions, that’s when we were flagged,” Michelle said.

 

https://www.cheknews...nEhYYx6nOVCXxvU

 

 

 

 

whoops.  looks like someone should not have torn down the house.  anyway with some luck they can turn that lemon into lemonade.  maybe upgrade the storm system to a capacity they can run a lemonade manufacturing business on the property.  or maybe a distillery.  or both.  Saanich Lemon Gin.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 24 October 2020 - 07:24 PM.


#2 aastra

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Posted 25 October 2020 - 12:13 PM

It's all about safety and making housing more affordable, right?

 

 

...$300,000 for one family is a lot, and usually this rule pertains more for subdivisions and large developments but admits this is a unique situation.

 

No problem, there's an easy fix. Allow a subdivision or a larger development there.

 

Wait, what? That wouldn't be allowed?


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#3 grantpalin

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Posted 25 October 2020 - 12:27 PM

I'm not a homeowner so am coming into this relatively uninformed. Does not the home owner's responsibility begin and end at the property line? So if Saanich is the one wanting the storm drain run up the street, then Saanich should be the one making it happen, and then the homeowner pays for connecting the property to the storm drain.

 

Saanich seems to be throwing their weight around on this, though I also think the homeowners may not have gone into this fully informed or prepared.



#4 dasmo

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Posted 25 October 2020 - 12:34 PM

Administrative inflation has it’s price. Just wait until the full step code is in place too. I wonder what the carbon footprint is of all that extra foam that will be required?

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Posted 25 October 2020 - 12:41 PM

I talked about this on another forum...

 

Have the owners hire a p.eng to design a rain garden with overflow into a rock pit. Force owners to connect when the city eventually installs storm. Holding them hostage when none of the existing homes on the street are hooked up to storm is ridiculous.

 

All the government does (all three levels) is put policies in place to make homes UNAFFORDABLE but all we hear about is AFFORDABLE housing....wtf.


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Posted 25 October 2020 - 12:45 PM

 

All the government does (all three levels) is put policies in place to make homes UNAFFORDABLE but all we hear about is AFFORDABLE housing....wtf.

 

Going on ~75 years now.


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#7 Jackerbie

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 09:25 PM

A happy ending to this story: Saanich Council approved a variance on a split 5-4 vote
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#8 Mike K.

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 04:27 AM

Shockingly for councillors didn’t support the variance? Wow. Do we have a voting break down by chance?

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#9 Jackerbie

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 07:33 AM

Minutes aren't up yet, but you could watch the archived video. Meeting was on Monday.
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#10 Jackerbie

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 09:07 AM

Shockingly for councillors didn’t support the variance? Wow. Do we have a voting break down by chance?

 

Chambers, Mersereau, Brownoff and Brice in opposition, apparently (I have not confirmed for myself)


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#11 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 10:02 AM

A happy ending to this story: Saanich Council approved a variance on a split 5-4 vote

 

https://www.cheknews...n-bylaw-733347/

 

seems like a fine result to me.  it's not like they are doing nothing to mitigate the storm run-off.  they are creating that rock thing.



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Posted 13 January 2021 - 11:24 AM

Chambers, Mersereau, Brownoff and Brice in opposition, apparently (I have not confirmed for myself)

 

Funny how Mersereau campaigned, in part, on housing affordability yet opposed this cost saving measure for the family.
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Posted 13 January 2021 - 12:17 PM

https://www.cheknews...n-bylaw-733347/

 

seems like a fine result to me.  it's not like they are doing nothing to mitigate the storm run-off.  they are creating that rock thing.

 

Although you have to admit the story about a being unable to repair a crack in the foundation thus the house had to be demolished is a little fishy.


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#14 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 12:47 PM

yes I do. for first time homebuyers they suddenly became quite knowledgable too.

#15 sukika

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Posted 14 January 2021 - 02:54 PM

 

Funny how Mersereau campaigned, in part, on housing affordability yet opposed this cost saving measure for the family.

 

Housing affordability doesn't apply to those who can actually afford to buy houses, obviously. 



 



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