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Council grants break on bylaw

By LACHLAN LABERE
March 14, 2012 · Updated 2:35 AM
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Salmon Arm council has agreed to a request that will require city staff to turn a blind eye on a bylaw infraction.

On March 6, the city received a letter from Jacobson Ford requesting permission to construct a fence on their property, along the highway. The fenced would be used for temporary signage, from March 21 to 31. This will contravene the city’s sign bylaw, as the 260-square-foot sign would exceed the 64-sq.ft. allowed of a portable sign.

“Every time we go to do something, we fight the bylaw officer, so we decided to bring it to council to prevent this,” said Jacobson Ford’s Mark Schneider at Monday’s council meeting.

“We do it a couple of times a year, it’s short term, the signs will come down at the end of the event.”

Only Coun. Chad Eliason opposed the business’ request.

“I always worry about the precedent because I know you’ll do it, you’ll do it properly, you’ll do it well, but what do we do when the guy who doesn’t do it properly… comes to us and said you’ve done it before,” said Eliason.

Normally, a variance would have been required, explained development and planning director Corey Paiement, but in this case there wasn’t enough time.