Temporary banner called a dangerous precedent

Variance permit passed, despite opposition

A development variance permit for a sign on the opposite corner of a building from the business drew one strong complaint but was passed by Parksville council.

The sign is for Accura Denture Clinic and Aiken and Associates Certified General Accounting on McCarter Street, but was approved for the corner of the building facing the Dairy Queen parking lot.

The application was authorized by the building’s strata corporation, with two votes against. 

Robert Daniels, an owner and resident of one of the residential units on the second floor said a temporary banner contravened the city bylaw and when he requested that it be removed it was, he said, but was soon put back up.

“This is setting a dangerous precedent and there are several other businesses in the same area and we could end up with many more signs.”

Denise Aiken, owner of the business, said they put a lot of thought into the placement where the building overhang blocks the light and the sign matches the alignment of other signs for businesses on that side of the building.

Council unanimously passed the variance.