MAGNETAWAN - Municipal staff is hard at work drafting a bylaw that will open up building options just in time for the construction season.
“We’ve had a few contractors who have mentioned how valuable this would be if it were installed by spring,” municipal planner Jim Dyment told council during a special meeting held March 29 to discuss the municipality’s draft official plan.
The changes to the zoning bylaw are being made in accordance to the draft plan, but Dyment suggested fast-forwarding the bylaw amendment in order to help local contractors secure additional jobs for the coming season.
Specifically, the revamped zoning bylaw would allow for expansions to be constructed on existing buildings that don’t comply with the current building code. It would also allow for the construction of living quarters to be built above garages.
“We want to see this sooner than later so we can catch the building season,” said Mayor Sam Dunnett. “These changes better reflect what the people want and the kind of work they would like to do.”
According to Dyment, the newly revised zoning bylaw could be in place as early as mid-May, as long as the resolution is passed when it comes forward to council at an upcoming meeting.