Cochrane town council gave the OK to pay no more than $80,000 to demolish the old Shell Station on Hwy. 1A and prepare the site for future sale.
Some councilors were surprised at the potential price tag for demolition of the building, but Suzanne Gaida, senior manager of community services, explained the age of the building and materials used in its construction makes it necessary for precautions to be taken.
The cost of the demolition will be recouped from proceeds of the lots sale.
Removal of development permit
Town Council approved a new bylaw that will remove development permit requirements for minor home-based businesses.
In his report, Stephen Utz, senior planner, explained this type of land use has marginal impact to adjacent properties and neighbourhood.
“As client visits to the residence and signage for the business purposes are prohibited, there are no traffic impacts or visual impacts to adjacent landowners,” stated Utz report.
The bylaw is an amendment to the town’s land-use bylaw.
The decision follows an open house in February and presentations to the business community. A public hearing prior to Monday’s council meeting also drew no opposition.
Zero waste framework
Council endorsed the 2013 work plan for the Cochrane Environmental Committee (CEC).
CEC chair Miles Chester told council the committee is able to assist and support the town in implementing both its wetlands policy and zero waste framework. And he believes the town has made great strides in the last few years towards these goals.
The work plan breaks the goal of having zero waste in the community into four groupings: organic waste, multi-home and condo waste, commercial and industrial waste and construction and demolition waste.
Chester is excited about the opportunities to reach what he believes are obtainable goals, but acknowledges there lots of work to do to make it happen.
Councillor Ivan Brooker, who represents town council on the CEC, expressed appreciation for Chester’s passion towards the work of the CEC.