Tractor-trailer drivers parking along the eastbound shoulder of the Trans-Canada Highway, near the Rauma Avenue intersection, continues to be a concern for Sicamous council. Google maps image

Development highlights need for highway corridor plan

Province urged to outline intentions for Highway 1 through Sicamous

Sicamous council has approved amendments for a new gas station along Highway 1, but remains concerned about access.

At their regular meeting last week, council gave a thumbs up to amendments requested for the development of a Centex service station and convenience store at 1305 Rauma Ave.

While the development permit was approved by council in 2016, the applicant submitted a redesign of the project earlier this year. Gone from the update was the previously proposed drive-thru restaurant, referred to as a Starbucks in an earlier design. In its place is a larger building, increased from 264 to 294 square metres, requiring a variance to the rear property-line setback, from six to 2.27 metres.

In a letter to council regarding the variance application, resident Garry Devos, who lives behind the proposed development, raises concerns regarding traffic problems already present near the Rauma/Highway 1 intersection – in particular, semi-tractor trailers that park long the eastbound lane so their drivers can access Tim Hortons.

“We do not need to add to the chaos,” writes Devos.

In an interview following the council meeting, Sicamous Mayor Terry Rysz said council approved the variance application as the development is zoned properly for what they want to do.

As for the concerns raised by Devos, Rysz said they are shared by council.

“That particular location is a bit dicey because that’s located next to the Tim Horton’s operation, and we’ve got highway trucks parking right on the highway there and people walking across the highway,” said Rysz. “It’s a dangerous area and we’re really concerned about that.”

This concern is part of the reason why Sicamous council has been pressuring the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for a highway corridor plan, an outline of how the Trans-Canada will be redeveloped through Sicamous with the future construction a Bruhn Bridge replacement and the four-laning of the highway. Rysz said the 1305 Rauma Avenue development makes the need for such a plan even more evident.

“Here again, there’s that serious importance of us getting that highway corridor plan that will eliminate a lot of this grey area when it comes to somebody wanting to build a hotel, a motel, a McDonald’s or whatever they want to build along that highway…,” said Rysz “We’re kind of caught up in the mix of this. We know what we’d like to see, but the province and the Ministry of Transportation has to get this highway corridor plan in place.”


@SalmonArm
lachlan@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Eagles downed by Steam in Summerland

Sicamous team hope to improve fortunes in upcoming games against Kamloops and Castlegar

CSRD wants immediate Provincial action to fund Newsome Creek study

Erosion along the creek is causing hazardous situation for residents

New trustees sworn in for North Okanagan-Shuswap School District

First official board meeting set for Tuesday, Nov. 20

Need outstrips funds at Shuswap Children’s Association

Raffle to help provide vital services to children with developmental delays or disabilities

Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ fall in close 3-2 loss against Merritt Centennials

Home ice winning streak brought to a close by division leaders

Saving salmon: B.C. business man believes hatcheries can help bring back the fish

Tony Allard worked with a central coast First Nation to enhance salmon stocks

Crash closes Highway 33 south of Kelowna

Estimated time of re-opening is 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18

High-end B.C. house prices dropping, but no relief at lower levels

But experts say home ownership remains out of reach for many for middle- and lower-income families

Worker killed in collision at B.C. coal mine

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Victoria spent $30,000 to remove John A. Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

South region forestry workers nearly in legal strike position

Talks broke down between USW and IFLRA, resulting in booking out of provincial mediator

Most Read