Sunday, July 12, 2009

Updates to Civic bylaw and permit procedures almost complete

All that is left is a public hearing and then the comprehensive review and update on the city’s zoning bylaws and Development Permits will be complete.

And according to the city all that is holding up a few new business projects in the city is the adoption of the new plans, something that could take place as soon as July 27th when city council will review and take comment on during a public meeting. City staff however, were holding their cards close to the vest as it were, when it came to providing some detail on who the mystery business prospects may be.

As for the permit and bylaw updates, some background on the project which cost $90,590 can be viewed on the city’s website.

Included in your reading material the July 1st report to council outlining the various facets of the project as well as a page dedicated to all the aspects of the Bylaw review and update, that page includes links to a variety of zoning maps and other detailed information.

Last Hurrah for city zoning bylaws
By Monica Lamb Yorski
The Daily News
Friday, July 9, 2009
Page one

The City or Prince Rupert Zoning Bylaw Updates, Cow Bay Development Permit Area Update and the Development Permit Area Into Downtown have reached the final draft stage.

At Monday's council meeting city planner Zeno Krekic gave an overview of the new documents. All of the information is available on the City's website and at City Hall for people wanting to read them over.

The cost of the two projects was $90,590 said Krekic "We are on target. All tasks and project proposals are final. Any comments can be directed to me."

In order to give local business and residents a final opportunity to respond to the documents, there will be a public hearing on July 27 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

There was a bit of debate amongst council members about whether the hearing should be held in July.

"Is there any reason we can't delay public comment until September? I am concerned about having a public hearing on July 27." said Councillor Joy Thorkelson, adding that many people go away from Prince Rupert during the summer.

Councillor Gina Garon noted there are many people who go away in September.

"No time is a good time," Garon said. ''I'd like to move on this as Soon as possible."

City Manager Gordon Howie told council another reason for going ahead with the July 27 date is because there are a couple of businesses waiting to open up, hinging on the new zoning bylaws coming into affect.

"There are zones presently that restrict different types of retail," Howie said. "That's one of the reasons for suggesting the earlier date."

Councillor Joy Thorkelson, who had suggested the hearing be delayed to September, questioned Howie on why those businesses waiting in the wings hadn't made a presentation to council.

"They are recent developments," Howie responded.

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