Addition project on home yields garage removal

View Royal council rejects application to raise maximum lot coverage

The original garage for a home at 20 Edwards Estates must come down, after View Royal council rejected an application to raise the maximum lot coverage on the subject property.

The construction of an addition on the 1952-built house to facilitate a secondary suite will push the total coverage of all structures on the lot higher than the 325 square metres allowed under existing zoning. At the Dec. 13 meeting, council heard that homeowner Mike Hirst was informed, upon applying for the building permit for the addition, that the garage must be removed prior to final occupancy in the suite.

Council voted 4-0 to accept the recommendation to reject the application, but not before Hirst described how tearing down the upgraded structure would cause financial hardship, add material to the landfill and remove a natural separator between his home and a neighbouring property.

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