Kimberley Council hosts public hearing on condo use

Owners at Mountain Spirit want zoning change to allow owner use

Currently

This week, Kimberley City Council held a public hearing regarding a proposed zoning change for Mountain Spirit Resort.

The condo building is located right beside Trickle Creek Lodge at the resort base. 65 of the 68 unit owners have put forward an application to change the zoning to allow owner use of the units when they are not in the rental pool.

Currently, Mountain Spirit, Trickle Creek Lodge and the Polaris Lodge are restricted to visitor accommodation, Mayor Don McCormick said.

“All other units on the ski hill, the owners can use them as long as they are not in the rental pool. For example, an owner at North Star is required to give reasonable notice, and if the unit is not rented, they can use it.

“I think everyone is in agreement that owners using their own property is a good thing. The real issue is that a covenant on the building says they can, but the current bylaw says they can’t.”

However, McCormick says what concerns Council is having enough available rental units as Kimberley’s tourism continues to grow at a quite excellent pace.

“We do have to be careful of the availability of room nights for visitor use. All our accommodation on the hill is condos. With tourism increasing, demand for rooms is going up. In 2016 we had the highest number of sell outs since we began counting in 2007.”

However, there are plenty of other periods during the year when the accommodation rate is much lower.

McCormick says that to him, this points to the need for a different type of accommodation on the hill to compliment condo units.

“What we are missing is a good, old fashioned hotel on the ski hill,” he said. “Just a room, no kitchens or suites. If we had a hotel, most of this wouldn’t be an issue.

“It is something that is on our radar — to find a hotel developer. Whether the time is right or not remains to be seen.”

There are other aspects to this as well, he says.

“Some owners wish to live full time in their units or rent long term. The reason the covenant and bylaw were put in place was to stop that. That takes units out of the rental pool. We really don’t have that many units when you start adding them up.”

However, owners using their units short term is already happening and McCormick says that the zoning change would simply legalize something that is already occurring. That is the contention of those asking for the change.

Council has not yet made a decision on the zoning. What happened Monday evening was strictly a public hearing. City staff will now update a report and the bylaw will be up for second reading at an upcoming Council meeting.

 

Just Posted

Basin sees increased support from the Trust

$57 million in benefits delivered through 65 programs and initiatives last year

Jumbo’s legal boondoggle continues

Province appealing the BC Supreme Court decision

Local writer pens Viking Lullaby

Local business owner Michelle Forbes has a passion for viking history, as… Continue reading

BC Liberal leader Wilkinson visits Kimberley

BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson was in Kimberley as part of a… Continue reading

Chamber hosting tech information session with Karilyn Kempton

Kempton is the Tech Strategy Coordinator for the City of Revelstoke

VIDEO: Messages of hope, encouragement line bars of B.C. bridge

WARNING: This story contains references to suicide and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Fresh-faced Flames fend off Canucks 4-1

Vancouver drops second straight NHL exhibition contest

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Scheer pushes Trudeau to re-start Energy East pipeline talks

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Prime Minister over Trans Mountain project

Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found in Saskatchewan

Abandoned kitten safe and sound thanks to B.C. homeless man

‘Jay’ found little black-and-white kitten in a carrier next to a dumpster by a Chilliwack pet store

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Supporters of B.C. man accused of murdering Belgian tourist pack courtoom

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance in Chilliwack

Most Read