Approval delayed on Chortitz business

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One neighbour’s opposition to a proposed home based automotive sales/repair business in Chortitz prompted the R.M. of Stanley council to table the motion Nov. 22 so they could discuss it further.
Michael Udodik was at the meeting to share his idea of beginning the business in the village which requires a conditional use.
However, neighbour James Wolfe has concerns about the proposition which would have allowed up to 10 vehicles (in addition to personal vehicles) on the property at one time. He said it’s not the original application that was the cause of his greatest concern.
“I have no problem with them having some cars to a maximum of 10,” he said. “I don’t want an autowrecker beside me. I know what comes with it.”
Wolfe told council he had experience in this himself.
“I started off with four vehicles. I ended up with 200 to 300,” he said. “I don’t want to go there. I don’t have any objection to them selling used cars to a certain amount.”
Despite saying he could handle up to 10 cars, Wolfe asked council not to allow even that, because of what it could turn into.
Councillor Don Falk said villages do allow for home based businesses such as this application.
“It fits for what we designed for this area,” he said
Council also admitted there are ongoing issues found in villages where people have amassed large numbers of derelict vehicles.
“The complaints that we’re getting, we’re responding to them,” he explained. “The process has been slow.”
Udodik told council he’s planning to operate under the proposed conditions.
“I’m not planning to have an autowrecker over there, just 10 maximum,” he said.
Council chose to table the motion until next meeting in order to look at other requirements such as fencing before making a final decision.

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