PTI Group wants zoning amendment due to concerns with geography

PTI Group has submitted an application to amend their zoning for the planned workforce accommodation 'lodge' in Strawberry Meadows.

PTI Group has submitted an application to amend their zoning for the planned workforce accommodation ‘lodge’ in Strawberry Meadows.

According to their application, geotechnical issues on the site means they now plan to move some of their dorm buildings to the northern edge of the property.

Those issues are the fact the company has discovered that in the event of an earthquake there could be a “catastrophic failure of any buildings constructed on the south part of the site.”

The application, if approved, would up the maximum number of beds per dorm building from 120 to 174, and the composition of the site would mean 50 more beds than initially expected as the maximum.

Wording in their zoning would have to change to reflect the new conditions.

While the number of beds may increase, the site would in the end actually have fewer buildings and more open space.

The report to council from staff planners say that PTI Group is prepared, if there is a community concern about this proposal, to repurpose portions of their buildings or to leave 50 rooms vacant.

Due to the recent approval of their initial zoning application, council agreed to staff recommendations to not hold a public hearing about this proposed change.

Public notice will be issues, and concil did pass first and second reading of the amendment.

Third reading and adoption of the amendment is expected at the September 9 council meeting.