Parking pitfalls on Range Road

Borud Enterprises wants to rezone its lot on Range Road to avoid paying to build more parking spots.

Borud Enterprises wants to rezone its lot on Range Road to avoid paying to build more parking spots.

The company, which owns the land at 478 Range Road, would rather see people parking along Range Road and in an empty lot beside the building than create new spaces.

Right now there are 13 parking spaces available to the building. But with its current commercial zoning licence, the business needs to build an additional six parking spaces to satisfy its parking requirement.

Owners Stan and David Borud want to switch to a mixed-use commercial zoning, which would only require six parking spaces in total.

But councillors are hesitant to bend the rules, wary there wouldn’t be enough parking to satisfy the daycare and a training course, which run out of 478 Range Road.

Councillor Betty Irwin and Mayor Bev Buckway are worried about the precedent it may set with other businesses in Whitehorse.

But the Boruds say the change won’t inconvenience drivers much.

“We have no intent to decrease the number of spaces on that property,” said Stan Borud.

“It’s just a great deal of expense to provide parking when it already exists on Range Road.”

Unable to agree on whether the zoning change should be allowed, council deferred the issue for two weeks.