Marathon public hearing will continue tonight
Five hours on Tuesday night (March 29) wasn't enough time for Kamloops city council to make a decision on rezoning six properties for affordable housing.
After hearing from dozens of residents at a public hearing on a controversial social housing plan, council adjourned the meeting until tonight (March 30).
A number of residents voiced their opposition to a social-housing rezoning plan for a pair of South Kamloops properties, primarily citing a concern over the loss of parkland.
The meeting, which was held at the Kamloops Convention Centre and drew more than 300 people, finished just past midnight without a decision from council.
The city approved a public hearing to consider rezoning five of six city-owned properties throughout town and then making all six available to housing providers through a long-term lease at a cost of $1.
The properties include 1940/1950 and 1685 Pacific Way, 697 Cowan St., 1430 Ninth Ave./1050 McMurdo Dr., 1530/1540/1550 River St. and 975 Singh St.
The meeting went so long that council decided to postpone hearing from the public on the last two properties.
That led to disappointment fro those in the crowd who waited four hours to get their chance to speak on the rezoning plans.