IRAC rules in favour of Cavendish business

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Wood Wheeler Inc. will be able to build disputed wooden walkway

Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission

A Cavendish business will be able to build a disputed wooden walkway after the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission recently ruled in its favour after the Resort Municipality voted against allowing it.

In an April 8 decision, IRAC allowed an appeal from Wood Wheeler Inc. and required the municipality to grant a variance that will give the business permission to build a wooden walkway instead of using some other material.

The issue ended up before the commission for a hearing on March 6 after the municipality denied Michael Wheeler’s request for a variance to allow him to build the walkway for the 2012 tourist season.

Wheeler said he wanted to build a barrier-free walkway in front of a building that houses several businesses, including the P.E.I. Dirt Shirt Factory.

The walkway wasn’t compliant with the municipality’s bylaw and required a variance because it would have been too close to the road.

In its decision, the commission agreed with Wheeler that a gravel walkway was inappropriate for wheelchairs, strollers and other devices used to help with personal mobility.

The commission also found that while a boardwalk would be considered a structure under the municipality’s bylaw, a wooden walkway wouldn’t expand the building’s development.

As part of his submissions, Wheeler filed a quote from a construction company that showed the cost of a wooden walkway would be half the price of one made of concrete.

In its decision, the commission said it considered whether the extra costs associated with a concrete walkway would be a compelling reason to justify granting a variance.

IRAC found it was a compelling reason.

The commission also said a boardwalk type of walkway would be preferable in appearance to concrete because it would be in keeping with the “visual character” of Cavendish.

Organizations: Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission, Resort Municipality, Wood Wheeler

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  • david
    April 23, 2014 - 01:37

    Cavendish Council has been hurting business in Cavendish for far to long and it is time they were removed completely. They govern like it is their a few council members own little kingdom and if you don't show proper homage to them or kiss the ring properly they try to put you out of business. Since this council came into existence they hurt Cavendish enormously. Time for some common sense in Cavendish and the first order of business should be a vote to completely remove this council.

  • Hsns
    April 22, 2014 - 13:17

    Again common sense wins. At least there is someone with sense on irac. Cavendish must have not paid enough into irac to have someone on their side like rest of government

  • don
    April 22, 2014 - 11:36

    lets see the dummies on the board that turned the guy down get into a wheel chair and move thru the sand. how dumb can u get. shame on them for doing this to anyone in a wheel chair, walker,kane,

  • Marie Gallant
    April 22, 2014 - 09:41

    Kudos! to this company for whatever their reason is to have a wooden Boardwalk. As a person with a disability and needs assist to walk by oneself over the years I have found those businesses with concrete walks or floors are difficult to walk on at the best of times. Thank you IRAC, for allowing this and hopefully other business will take a look at it when they build disability Ramps outside their establishments.

  • Despierto
    April 22, 2014 - 08:46

    Logic prevails.

  • Tony Smith
    April 22, 2014 - 07:24

    Its a shame that Cavendish would spend so much money trying to stop Mr. Wheeler from putting in a wooden boardwalk. The rest of that corner has wooden sidewalks. This would match that character. The building looks great compared to what its ever looked like (a dogs breakfast) and the community should be thankful.