Abbotsford gas station can extend car wash, if they install neighour-friendly lights

Small variance change to come with promise to install neighbour-friendly lights

A central Abbotsford gas station has been given the go-ahead to expand its car wash – as long as it changes its lights.

The Husky station at the corner of Trethewey Street and George Ferguson Way had asked for the city to vary its setback rules to allow for a very small expansion of its car wash. The existing car wash was built under an old zoning bylaw that had much looser setback rules.

Normally, the city would make a deal whereby a variance could be granted in exchange for money to improve local amenities. But instead of making such a contribution, the Husky station has said it will install new “cut off” exterior light fixtures that will direct all lighting towards the ground.

The city liked the proposal, with staff noting the small scale of the development in question and the proposed changes to benefit neighbours and the look of the property. The lights slated for upgrades include those currently facing apartment buildings to the south, southeast and north.

Coun. Ross Siemens hailed the move.

“I think that’s a great way to be working with the developers to improve the neighbourhood,” he said.

The proposal will go for public comment at a council meeting before final sign-off.


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