A Saanich Peninsula entrepreneur who lost a bid to convince Sidney Council to change an industrial zoning designation in West Sidney plans to reopen her dog grooming business in Central Saanich.
Kathy Banks has announced that Pooch Parlor is setting up a new space at 7135 West Saanich Rd. in the heart of Brentwood Bay and hopes to open in early May.
“It’s pretty,” she said of her new space. “I’m super excited. I just can’t wait to get back to work. We have a lot of catching up to do.”
Banks is still setting up her new space, but will let the public know when her two-month closure will officially end.
The groomer rejected an offer from Sidney Council to apply for a temporary use permit to reopen in an industrial space on Malaview Avenue West.
His business there was closed in March after Banks, who operated for years elsewhere in Sidney, applied in January 2022 to renew his business license at the new address. Staff told him that the proposed use for the space, personal services, did not comply with M1 zoning.
Although Sidney’s Committee of the Whole initially recommended that council support its request to change the OCP and rezoning of the location, Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith and council. Scott Garnett changed their votes to Committee of the Whole, joining couns. Barbara Fallot and Terri O’Keeffe to oppose the recommendation.
Council instead passed a motion to rezone the space on Malaview for temporary use, while urging banks to apply for a temporary use permit valid for one year from issuance, a process not without additional costs, hurdles bureaucratic and stressful, Banks told Black Press Media. after.
Ultimately, she chose not to continue overcoming these obstacles and sought suitable space elsewhere on the peninsula.
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