Zoning changed approved – in spite of opposition

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Over the vehement objections of a nearby resident, town council approved the re-zoning of a downtown property, paving the way for the establishment of a rec vehicle dealership.
This is the former Slave Valley Motors site on 2nd Ave. NE. The owner has a person interested in leasing the building for the purpose of selling and servicing small vehicles (i.e. ATVs, snowmobiles, dirt bikes). This sort of use is not allowed in the downtown commercial district; hence the need for a zoning change.
Proposed was a change of zoning to CDC, or ‘Council Direct Control.’ It would allow council to make special conditions, such as dealing with time limits and noise. It’s worth noting that the former Honda Shop was located just behind the site in question. And there had been complaints about the noise it generated.
Noise was very much on the mind of 2nd Ave. NE resident Denise Wahlstrom, who spoke up against the bylaw change in the public hearing that preceded the July 4 council meeting. She envisions noisy test-driving of vehicles up and down 2nd Ave.
“I would have to move,” she said.
The proponent has assured the town that any test driving would occur out of town. Wahlstrom, hearing this in the public hearing, appeared to be skeptical it would work out that way.
Speaking to the motion, mayor Tyler Warman said, “Council had those same reservations (regarding noise). That’s why we went down this route. I would ask administration to keep an eye on it. If you slip, I’m sure we’ll hear about it.”
Council approved the resolution to change the zoning by a 5 – 1 vote, with councillor Phil Lokken opposed.
It should be noted that the zoning change does not mean the business in question will actually be established. It clears the way for such a development – and perhaps other ones not anticipated at this time.

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