After a couple of months almost daily posts and barely being able to keep up with things, I found myself at a loss for something to write about over the weekend. So while I was going over my old notes and posts, I stumbled across the couple of posts that I did about Rick Lloyds Bed and Breakfast approval. I had heard through the grape vine that someone had appealed councils decision to approve the B and B to the OMB. For those of you unfamiliar with that “OMB” term it is short for Ontario Municipal Board which is the provincial department that oversees everything in Ontario in regards to municipalities. Within this organization there is what I can only describe as a sort of ombudsman that if a member of the public disagrees with a decision in terms of planning or zoning that a municipal council makes you pay $125.00 and you can appeal a councils decision. A little background for those of you unfamiliar with some of these terms.
Anyway I phoned and emailed around and within an hour got an update on the 9 Craigleigh Court status along with PDF’s and some other information. It seems three people have indeed appealed councils decision to allow this B and B. But what struck me about some of the paperwork that was sent to me is how our Deputy Mayor seems to have no problem playing fast and loose with rules and regulations that most of us poor saps follow without question. I will give you a few examples from the documentation that I was forwarded.
Apparently Rick Lloyd has converted the garage of the house into an ancillary completely self contained suite. In the very professional looking Century 21 real estate listing below:
You will see that this space is described as follows:
“Guest House” offers open concept with main floor and loft bedroom, plus patio doors to private deck.
The garage is separated from the main house as per picture below:
Also as you can see it still retains its garage doors (I wonder if that is to hide something???) The reason I make a point of this is, within the town of Collingwood, you can only convert a garage into living space if it is attached to the house structurally by sharing a wall with the house or if it is integral to the structure of the house.
Below is a screen shot of Rick Lloyds original building permit:
If you notice someone (we don’t know who) has changed the garage on this building permit from Detached to Attached. No initial or date its just been scribbled out and changed.
Another thing that was amongst the information was a final inspection on the original 1996 house build which was not carried out until 2011, just before Rick Lloyd listed the house. Plus there was never a permit issued to convert the garage from a garage as shown on permit, into living space which when it involves electrical rough-ins and plumbing should have been fully inspected by the electrical safety authority and local building inspectors. Especially as this is not just a single family home now, it’s apparently going to be used by guests as a B and B.
I haven’t even got into the whole B and B thing yet and I know I only have your attention for a short period of time, so I will save that for another day. But as you can see from above Rick Lloyd has no problem bending the rules to suit himself or his own particular needs. As it stands right now he will be our next Deputy Mayor by acclaim if no one else steps up.