Letter: Stop-work orders are posted for a reason to protect town

Letter: Stop-work orders are posted for a reason to protect town

A couple of housing units at Oliver Landing have been subject to a stop-work order by the Town. The developer is trying to rectify the situation so it does not impact construction timelines. (Photo by Lyonel Doherty)

This is regarding the stop-work orders at Oliver Landing.

Orders are not issued on a basis of convenience for a developer. It is the developer’s sole responsibility to meet municipal bylaws and provincial building code for their projects. You can not be “shocked” about something that should have come to light or did come to light and was ignored purposefully long ago.

As the developer, were they not capable of asking that all provincial and municipal requirements were being met from your team? If they did not give you the correct information that is the developer’s responsibility to bring their project back into line. The bylaw is there to make sure a developer lives up to and fulfills all of his responsibilities to the Town.

This seems to be solely an internal problem at Oliver Landing; either they ignored municipal bylaws intentionally, didn’t do proper research while in development, or did not hire the right people to get the information needed on building requirements.

As quoted in an ODN article “We will do what’s required by the BC Building Code. And now it becomes an argument. We welcome that argument in front of council with our engineers.”

How is this an argument? The Town has the full right to inspect your work and ensure it complies municipally and provincially. If Oliver Landing’s “professional engineer” did not supply or research enough to get the answers needed, that is Oliver Landing’s issue and not one to be labeled against the Town.

Maybe someone can correct me but town bylaws can add on extra requirements for construction of buildings. This is an extra requirement that the Town of Oliver has for building here. Provincial building code is the “minimum standard” and municipalities can ask for a higher standard if you want to build in their area. I do not think you can just arbitrarily ignore either municipal or provincial building codes.

You do not want to have to go back having failed to catch this at an earlier point. From both the Town’s and developer’s standpoint, it is a win- win to catch this stuff early. If only a few units are adversely affected by this, Oliver Landing should be thanking the Town for catching this in my opinion. If the units were further along and more units were affected, the Town can ask for it to be redone to municipal code, which would cost Oliver Landing much more in the long run.

Shawn Hathaway, Oliver