Asking Forgiveness Rather than Permission
Prince George, B.C.- An application to double the combined maximum floor area for one or more accessory buildings at Ness Lake has returned to the Regional District of Fraser of Fort George.
When the application first appeared in January of this year, the variance permit ( for a building that has already been constructed) was denied. Director Warren Wilson says while he still has issues with people asking for forgiveness rather than permission some new information on this particular case has come forward. The property in question has challenging topography says Wilson, which means there are issues with available areas for buildings and a septic system.
Rather than take the matter to court, all but one of the directors have voted in favour of allowing the variance. Chair Art Kaehn was the lone dissenter, saying he is concerned with what is happening around Ness Lake, and would not support the variance.
Directors once again called for more information to be made available to the public about the building bylaws and the process that must be followed before any construction starts. Director Terry Burgess Said the building “doesn’t hurt being there” and rather than go to court to get an order to tear it down, he would support granting the variance.