New driveway blocked by cables catches eye of councillor – Edmonton

A new concrete driveway built with cables in the middle of it has caught the eye of residents and an Edmonton city councillor. But the city says the developer hasn’t done anything wrong.

The driveway leads into an alley near 105th Avenue and 152nd Street in the Canora neighbourhood. Right in the middle of it are two guy-wires running from a nearby power pole, which block entry and exit for two of the garages.

The developer paved around the cable anchors but left space to allow the anchors and cables to be removed.

The concrete was laid by the developer but he boxed in the guy-wires and anchors with the intention of having them removed at a later date. (Travis McEwan/CBC)

The strange design caught the attention of Ward 1 Coun. Andrew Knack.

“It certainly looked odd and out of place,” said Knack. “That’s not something you see in any mature neighbourhood.”

Rules have changed

In October 2015, a city zoning bylaw change came into effect requiring all street furniture to be identified on building plans submitted to the city at the development permit stage, according to a city spokesperson. 

“With this change, the city is now able to identify all street furniture at the plans examination stage and make the relocation a condition of the development permit,” the spokesperson wrote in an email.

“Based on the city’s records, it looks like the permit for the garage associated with the fourplex development at 15004 through 15010 105th Ave was approved in May 2015, before these new regulations came into effect.”

The strange design caught the eye of Ward 1 Coun. Andrew Knack, but he says the developer was doing his due diligence to work within the rules. (Travis McEwan/CBC)

Knack says the developer was playing by the rules and working with Epcor to clear the line.

“The reason we changed the rules was for somebody who might be looking to try and cut corners, we could identify that early on,” Knack said.

“In this particular case, the…

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