Armstrong service station preparing for makeover

Council approved two development permit and development variance permit applications for Arjun Services

Pronto Esso in Armstrong will be getting a makeover.

Council approved two development permit and development variance permit applications for Arjun Services (owners of the business), which will allow for consturction of a new 2,720 square foot, 30-metre high building at the rear of the property.

Tire sales and installation will take place on the main floor of the building while a residential unit is planned for the second floor.

“The addition of the building should improve site functioning by replacing the existing tire sales and service areas…,” wrote city planner Hazel Christy in a memo to council.

Tim Dunn, with Omega Engineering, and representing applicant Hardevinder Thind, said a landscaping variance was requested in order to maintain existing parking space on-site while creating a landscape buffer

“That’s the intent,” said Dunn. “We’re dealing with a site already highly developed so we’re trying to accommodate landscape needs within the constraints that exist on the site.”



Construction of a multifamily, six-unit development consisting of one fourplex and one duplex in the 2600 block of Pleasant Valley Road has made it to third reading of a zoning amendment bylaw.

But just barely.

Council voted by a margin of 3-2 to pass third reading of the bylaw which would see the subject property rezoned to allow the development.

Councillors Paul Britton, Shirley Fowler and Kelly Rowe voted in favour of the application while Mayor Chris Pieper and Coun. Ron (Sully) O’Sullivan were opposed.

Coun. John Trainor was absent from the meeting.

“It’s going to be a welcome facelift (to that property),” said Rowe. “It will provide additional parking to the existing complex there.”

Pieper, however, said four units on a narrow lot is already enough.

Written opposition was also received by a family on Colony Street, concerned about a loss of privacy in their backyard if the development proceeds.

Hearing on houses

Council unanimously approved first and second reading on a bylaw to regulate carriage houses in the city.

A public hearing on the matter has been set for 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27, in council chambers.

Carriage homes as a secondary use in the city would provide additional development options for larger properties or properties with appropriate lane access.

“Not every single family residential property will be suitable for the addition of a carriage home, however this provides an additional housing option…,” wrote Christy.

“I think it’s what we talked about during the official community plan,” said Britton. “It’s another option to in-fill in town, and get some more houses in here. It will be a good addition to our OCP.”