Councillor mum on his own carriage house application, cites media bias

Councillor Donovan Cavers
Image Credit: City of Kamloops website

A Kamloops councillor who his entering round two of his own application to build a two-storey carriage house in his mother's downtown lot is refusing to speak to the issue anymore, saying Kamloops media have been biased in their coverage.

Coun. Donovan Cavers told InfoTel News the only reason media are covering an application for rezoning is because he is the applicant. His fellow councillors have turned him down once before because, among other reasons, it didn't fit well with the small lots and low building heights of his neighbours.

While Cavers said he was happy with council's decision yesterday to allow the application to once again go to public hearing, he would not discuss it further.

"I've decided that unless the media starts covering every carriage suite, I don't want to talk about it," he said.

Anne Grube, Cavers' mother, addressed council on his behalf Tuesday to present his revised plans for her Douglas Street property. She wasn't able to answer many of the questions from councillors, but said Cavers tried to address some of the concerns from neighbours in a revised plan. Grube said concerns over the height of the suite, road safety and neighbour input were addressed.

Grube said all her neighbours were canvassed and showed a map of who supported the application. It showed all but two. However when councillors asked about any concerns expressed, she said she didn't know of any. She also said neighbours were consulted regarding privacy issues and that solar panels were removed to prevent glare onto their properties.

City councillors voted to put the decision to a public hearing to be held in at a time and date yet to be determined in the new year.

— Jessica Wallace


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