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The city is considering expanding the number of caretaker suites for a new commercial-industrial development at 107 Titanium Way in the Marwell subdivision.
Under the current zoning regulations, the city allows only one caretaker suite per lot.
The city has received an applicatioan to allow three more on the same lot with the development of a second commercial building on the same lot, says the administrative report presented to council last Monday.
City administration is recommending that city council bring forward a bylaw to amend the zoning to allow for the additional suites. Council is scheduled to vote on that recommendation this evening.
The existing building is a multi-unit building on a double lot with offices, light industrial shops and one caretaker suite, otherwise referred to as live/work units.
The proposed development would replicate the existing building, says the report.
The report notes the Official Community Plan allows the city to consider live/work arrangements in newer developments.
Live/work units are only suitable where the caretaker suite is occupied by an employee or owner of the business, says the report.
“The units would be designed as live/work units and allow business owners, young entrepreneurs and workers to save time and costs associated with housing and commuting to work, allow flexibility in working hours, make it easier to attract workers from outside the city and increase opportunities for co-working and collaboration between businesses in close proximity,” says the report.
The report notes it is important that residents in live/work units understand they’ll be living in an industrial setting where there are no parks or recreational amenities.
The size of the suites would be limited to 1,076 square feet (100 square metres).
Suites will have to be connected internally to the primary business through a staircase, hallway or door.
The suites cannot be subdivided into separate units for sale, says the report.
The report points out the Marwell Plan developed in 2018 supports live/work options.
It recommends allowing up to two caretaker suites for commercial/industrial lots on Titanium Way as a means of supporting new and emerging businesses.
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