WHITE ROCK - Two residents upset with a development on Bishop Hill Road appeared before White Rock city council Monday claiming the development was in contravention of city bylaws.
Chris Small and Geoff Parkin appeared before council Monday night in an attempt to have the city order a deck be removed from a home that was granted a permit when it shouldn't have been.
The residents are upset that the property owner in question was issued a development permit by the city allowing the deck after a bylaw had been passed that would have restricted that very development. The deck in question is a second-floor structure that overlooks the backyards of several residents and the main concern by those wishing it torn down is privacy.
"Staff told (the developer) it was OK, staff had inspected it and it was neighbours that said it was wrong so we went back and looked at it and realized it was wrong," said
Coun. Alan Campbell. "So now we're trying to find something to make everyone happy because the builder doesn't want to take it down and the people are saying they want it taken down, so it's a bit of a stalemate right now."
Coun. Grant Meyer said he hopes to see the issue come to a resolution soon but notes these things can take time.
"I definitely feel for the people involved and we're working towards a resolution, but unfortunately, that won't happen overnight," said Meyer.
Either way, the error, said Campbell, is going to be costly.
"Whatever happens here, it's going to cost money," he said.
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