Oliver Landing slapped with stop-work orders

Oliver Landing slapped with stop-work orders

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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)

By Lyonel Doherty

The developer of a local housing project says he is “shocked” that the Town of Oliver has issued him two stop-work orders.

Oliver Landing developer David Perehudoff said he doesn’t understand why the orders were issued (two days before Christmas) on a couple of units being built on Sawmill Road.

Perehudoff, who was vacationing in Mexico, said he was made aware that the Town’s building inspector (Wayde Bliss) entered the property and placed two stop-work orders without the courtesy of a phone call.

“What’s wrong? That’s a good question,” the developer said.

Perehudoff indicated that Bliss is requiring that the housing units have twice the amount of spray foam insulation that is required under the BC Building Code.

Perehudoff said Bliss is going above and beyond what the Town is authorizing him to do.

“I don’t think the Town knows what he is doing. This is not a matter of safety or health.”

The Chronicle emailed Bliss to clarify the stop-work order but did not get a response.

Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes said he did not know the details, suggesting that Town management would have the specifics.

Deputy Corporate Officer Linda Schultz gave the Chronicle a copy of the order, which states that two units are in violation of Building Bylaw 1140 because of having no insulation inspection.

In the meantime, Perehudoff said he is trying to rectify the situation and is willing to challenge the orders in an open discussion.

On Wednesday morning, Chief Administrative Officer Cathy Cowan said Bliss will be conducting an inspection on two other units in addition to the ones that have stop work orders.

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Orders are not issued on a basis of convince for a developer. It is the developers 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 you 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 developers responsibility to bring their project back into line. Bylaw is there to make sure a developer lives up the and full fills all of its responsibilities to the town.

    This seems to 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 insure 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 ad 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 towns and developers stand point, 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.

  2. It is excellent that the town cares about putting up buildings properly. At the end of the day, no one remembers if it goes over the scheduled time or costs a bit more than expected – they see the evidence of what you built and that is it. (Or didn’t build, in the case of projects that do not go forward and create eyesores and rat problems.) So, build it to last, to be impressive, think about future maintenance, and you cannot go wrong.

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