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Caretaker suite justified, city told

A local business owner is arguing that he should be granted the conditional use permit he’s seeking for a two-bedroom caretaker suite inside the company’s building on Levich Drive.

By Stephanie Waddell on December 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

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Photo by Whitehorse Star

Alan Lebedoff,

A local business owner is arguing that he should be granted the conditional use permit he’s seeking for a two-bedroom caretaker suite inside the company’s building on Levich Drive.

Alan Lebedoff, ALX Exploration Services’ president, appeared at a public input session during last Monday’s council meeting to make his case for the 232-square-metre space that would be on the top floor of the structure.

The space is 112 square metres larger than the 120 square metre maximum the city permits for caretaker suites as a secondary use.

The conditional use must be approved for council for suites that are between 121 and 297 square metres.

Last month, city planning manager Pat Ross brought forward a report arguing that while Lebedoff has shown a need for on-site security, he hasn’t shown that a caretaker suite of that size is necessary.

Ross also noted concerns around having larger residential developments in industrial areas when there are no residential services provided.

Going through the issues one-by-one, Lebedoff was quick to counter each of the city’s points on the matter.

On a lack of transit service in the area, he pointed out that neither does Whitehorse Copper, a nearby residential neighbourhood.

There are school buses that do a loop nearby, and while there is no city garbage pick-up, ALX has a private contract for its own garbage pick-up, he said.

As for recreational pursuits, Lebedoff pointed out there are a number of walking trails behind the building.

He also told council there are eight other caretaker suites in the neighbourhood.

Lebedoff stressed the residence would be used by staff.

As Kristin Innes-Taylor told council two weeks ago, when she represented her son’s company in a presentation to council, that it’s been difficult to attract management staff to Whitehorse because of the housing market.

The proposal would allow ALX to deal with that issue and perhaps expand the business.

As Lebedoff pointed out Monday, the residence would be incorporated into the existing building space, making it a cost-effective and efficient use of the building and land.

Lebedoff was the only person to speak at the input session.

A report will come forward prior to a Dec. 9 council vote on the matter.

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Jaymanc

Dec 2, 2013 at 11:07 pm

So do the other eight caretaker suites in the area meet the proper size of 120, if they are than what’s so special about this company?

north of 60

Dec 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm

The biggest landholder in that subdivision can push his lot into the green zone with no problem.  It’s the golden rule.  ALX obviously does not have the same political connections.

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