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City of Powell River council briefs

Gives zoning amendment bylaw readings for property to be rezoned to CD4; Endorses application for FireSmart community funding
Powell River city hall.

Seeking subdivision

City of Powell River Council has given first two readings for a zoning amendment bylaw for a property at 4304 Garibaldi Place.

At the October 7 council meeting, councillors also directed staff to schedule a public hearing, and that the applicant be requested to make a voluntary community amenity contribution to the affordable housing reserve fund.

According to a staff report, the R2-zoned property is about 1.1 acres in size and the developer is proposing that the property be rezoned to CD4 and that eight lots be created.

Councillor George Doubt said he had been invited to go to the property by a group of residents who have some concerns about the development.

“I’m sure that when we have the public hearing, there will be interest from people in the neighbourhood,” said Doubt. “They have some concerns about the density and I’m sure they will come out and speak up because they were certainly letting me know how they felt about the development.”

Councillor Rob Southcott said this is a fairly large lot and it is big enough to be subdivided to four lots, and possibly six, in the R2 designation.

He said he supports the rezoning.

“This takes us forward in the way that our official community and integrated community sustainability plan call for,” said Southcott.

Councillor Jim Palm said when the matter comes forward, he is sure council will be hearing the concerns and listening carefully. 

FireSmart funding

Council voted to endorse applying to Union of British Columbia Municipalities’ community resiliency investment for the 2022 FireSmart community funding and supports, and that council endorse carrying out the 2022 regional FireSmart program collaboratively with Tla’amin Nation and qathet Regional District, and that council endorse the regional district to receive and manage the grant funding on behalf of the city, and to provide overall grant management for this project.