Cavers to hear decision on carriage-house appeal

Kamloops city council will decide on Tuesday, Dec. 4, whether to give one of its members a second chance to pitch his plan to build a carriage house near downtown.

Coun. Donovan Cavers applied for a rezoning at 917 Douglas St. to allow him to build a two-storey, 63 square-meter laneway home with outdoor parking.

But, in a tie vote at a Nov. 6 public hearing, council denied the request, with Mayor Pete Milobar saying the proposed design of the home — a standalone house with no garage — didn’t fit with the city’s intentions for laneway housing.

Councillors Cavers, Tina Lange and Marg Spina did not vote on the matter due to conflicts of interest.

Spina successfully applied for a laneway home earlier this year, while Lange owns rental properties in the downtown area that could be seen to compete with a carriage house.

In a letter to council, Cavers’ mother and 917 Douglas St. owner Anne Grube asked for reconsideration of the decision.

Grube said the height of the laneway home has been reduced based on feedback from neighbours and city staff, noting other aspects of the design were also tweaked.

She said she plans to present 18 letters of support from her neighbours and will present “a detailed explanation of how the carriage suite and the primary residence will be integrated.”


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