Pitt business park ready for Phase 2

Arena loan gets go ahead and more from city council

  • Jul. 8, 2011 7:00 p.m.
A view of the park looking west from Harris Road.

A view of the park looking west from Harris Road.

Six more buildings will soon be going up in the Golden Ears Business Park in Pitt Meadows.

On Tuesday, city council approved a development permit for the project, which will also involve landscaping an undeveloped portion of the Harris Road site.

The buildings will range from 26,693 square feet to 124,273 square feet and house 120 units, which will vary from 1,750 square feet to 4,900 square feet.

Trees will be planted to block the view of the buildings from the dike.

Onni will also install picnic tables and benches at the south end of one of the buildings.

In all, Onni owns 92 acres of land at the south end of Harris Road, capable supporting more than 1.5 million square feet of light industrial space, making it the second largest development of its kind in B.C.


Arena loan

The City of Pitt Meadows has the green light to borrow $4.3 million to complete upgrades to its hockey arena.

Only eight people objected to the loan during an alternative approval process.

Instead of a referendum, the process requires at least 10 per cent of eligible voters – 1,152 of 11,517 – in Pitt Meadows to oppose the borrowing bylaw for it to be defeated.

The $4.3 million is in addition to the $7.15 million borrowed in 2010 by the city to construct the South Bonson Community Centre and pay for the first phase of arena upgrades.

The arena upgrade will be nearly complete by the end of this year.


Panhandle back

A property twice rejected for subdivision by Pitt Meadows council will be going to another public hearing before a decision is made on whether the lot should be split.

The owners of 11631 Bonson Road have filed an application to rezone the 1,703-square-metre property from suburban residential to one-family dwelling, splitting it in two via a “panhandle.”

The application passed two readings and reached a public hearing in June, when council heard criticism from neighbours, including several who spoke out when the same property was pitched for rezoning in 2005 and 2006.

A report by city staff, however, found the property met the requirements of Pitt Meadows “infill policy,” which seeks to increase density in urban areas.

Instead of moving the application forward, council asked city staff to address neighbourhood concerns about privacy.

Staff have now recommend a covenant be place on the property that restricts the kitchen and living area to the first floor, regulates where the new house is built and requires landscaping to provide additional screening and privacy.

A public hearing will be held July 19.