(JARED ARNOLD/Chewelah Independent)
CONSTRUCTION CONUNDRUM: Chewelah developer asks city to move sidewalk requirement for development to when buildings are occupied…
A builder’s proposal to find an alternative method to guarantee sidewalk construction on his property subdivision did not gain much traction at last week’s Chewelah City Council meeting.
Mike Bellevue, who owns the “Lovejoy” property near the city park on the southeast corner of Lincoln Avenue and North 3rd Street East, asked in a letter to the city’s building official Bruce Barone that he be allowed to utilize an alternative form of guarantee for sidewalk construction on his subdivision project. Previously, Bellevue was told by city officials that in order to get final plat approval he would either need to build the sidewalks on the east and west sides of the property or provide a bond to guarantee funding of the sidewalk construction within five years.
Bellevue suggested in his letter that he be allowed to transfer the sidewalk requirement from the plat approval process to the certificate of occupancy after the home construction is complete but before the home can be sold and occupied. He argued that this method of guarantee is “far more iron clad security that sidewalks will be installed” and that it makes more sense in the construction process. The proper time to build sidewalks, Bellevue said, is after heavy machinery is finished on the jobsite and the driveway location is defined according to the final home design. More