Carriage houses closer in city

The City of Armstrong is a step closer to another form of affordable housing.

The City of Armstrong is a step closer to another form of affordable housing.

Council unanimously gave third reading to a zoning text amendment bylaw that would allow carriage houses in the city.

A public hearing on the matter drew two people.

“Both of them were there for information purposes,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

A carriage house is defined as a self-contained dwelling unit located on the same parcel of land as another dwelling unit that is separate, subordinate in size and accessory to the primary residence.

It does not mean a mobile home, recreational vehicle or storage container.

Trying again

The city will apply for $15,000 in grant money from the CN EcoConnexions grant to upgrade the Taylor Van Diest Memorial Trail.

An application for $25,000 a year ago was not successful, but that application included a trail and landscape improvement at Bridge Street road allowance west of Pinnacle Pellet, which would have connected downtown with the new Huculak Park.

“We removed that being that the connector relies on an unauthorized railway crossing which CN does not support,” said Terry Martens, chief financial officer for the city.

If successful in getting the grant, the city would extend the north end of the existing trail to the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Heal Court, put in a pair of crosswalks, improve landscaping and add a bench and garbage receptacle.

The city’s cost would be $9,050 if  the grant is approved, and there would be nearly $8,000 in in city in-kind contributions.

If the grant is not successful, the project will not be added to the city’s 2015 budget deliberations.

Serving up justice

Council agreed to a request for funding from the Restorative Justice Society – North Okanagan.

Each municipality and area in the Regional District of North Okanagan has been sent a letter by the society to help with its funding for 2015.

Of the $77,482 proposed budget, Armstrong’s share (as with Spallumcheen) would be $1,468.08.

“They really do a lot of community work behind the scenes, interact with the RCMP and the legal profession in Vernon supports them fully,” said Pieper.

There is only one paid person employed by the society. The rest are volunteers.

Grant application

Council will again go to bat for the city’s age-friendly committee.

Council agreed to apply for a $20,000 grant from the UBCM’s Seniors Housing and Support Initiative to continue with work started after receiving a similar grant last year.

“The committee would like to continue its work and support the goals and objectives of the city and existing organizations by applying for the 2015 program,” wrote Peter Rotzetter, committee chairperson.

The committee hopes to focus on increased community accessibility, provision of recreation and healthy living activities, community gardens and health literacy.