Market, cohousing on Qualicum beach town council agenda today

It's a committee of the whole meeting so any motions would have to be ratified at a regular meeting of council

Qualicum Beach town council is scheduled to hear presentations this morning related to two issues that have been in the news recently.

It’s a committee-of-the-whole meeting and it starts at 10 a.m. in town council chambers. Any motions passed at this meeting must be ratified at a regular council meeting, the next of which is Monday at 7 p.m.

• The much talked about Wednesday night Qualicum Beach Farmers’ Market will present their case (again) to council this morning.

Organizers of the on again, off again, mid-week top up market have been struggling to sort out details that would allow them to expand from their usual Saturday morning market on Veterans Way.

Initially they wanted to do the evening market in the same place but said fresh, local-only food restrictions imposed by council to not interfere with the Thursday evening street market, were too restrictive so they moved to school district property.

The intention was to avoid requiring town permission but it turned out the market’s business licence is only good for the Veterans Way location, meaning a planned start this week has been delayed until they can meet again with council and sort out the new details.

A delegation is scheduled to appear at the committee of the whole meeting July 9 at

10 a.m. at Qualicum Beach town hall.

• Proponents of the Aldermuir cohousing proposal for Qualicum Beach will make their case to town council this morning.

The zoning amendment for the proposed 62 unit development — including a combination of strata and fee-simple, single-family homes and lots — hit a snag recently when it turned out their proposal didn’t meet the official community plan’s required 50 m setbacks from sensitive wetland.

Town director of planning Luke Sales explained the proposal met two of three overlapping sets of regulations — provincial and riparian — but not the 2005 OCP.

Gary Morrison, president and founder of the Vancouver based Livewell Cohousing which hopes to build Aldermuir at the corner of Laburnum and Claymore Roads, said they believed they are following the provincial guidelines “to the letter… as shown in the work, peer reviewed by the town’s own consultants.”

Sales agreed with Morrison’s point that the OCP appears to have ended up with a different policy than was originally intended, based on setbacks put in place when the Laburnum ring road was built.

Morrison will present their case to council again this morning (10 a.m., July 9) at the committee of the whole meeting at town hall and look for more direction from council.

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