Despite pandemic, Kamloops council still considering myriad project proposals

Two rezoning applications will likely be going to online public hearings, while a gas bar/car wash/convenience store/drive-thru restaurant and card-lock facility is being eyed in Dallas

On Tuesday, Kamloops council will consider sending two rezoning applications to a public hearing next month, which would be the first time for such hearings to be held online.

Public hearings have been on hiatus amid the COVID-19 pandemic as the province worked out new rules for municipalities in order to adhere to physical-distancing requirements. 

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The first application is a rezoning at 992 Fernie Rd. in the Guerin Creek/West End area, which would pave way for a 16-unit strata townhouse development. In February, during a closed meeting, council approved closure of 970 square metres of road adjacent to the property in exchange for 500 square metres of land for road dedication, $15,000 to the city to construct a new road and right of way for utilities. A memo on the in-camera decision was released at the March 10 meeting, with the city noting the new road would improve backyard access for two nearby properties, 980 and 984 Fernie Rd., as well as access to sewer infrastructure for the city.

Council approved the road closure and sale unanimously. Plans for townhouses on the property now require rezoning from two-family residential and unzoned closed road to multi-family medium density. 

Meanwhile, a second application heading to council next week is to subdivide residential property in Westsyde. Fretz Construction proposes to rezone two single-family lots, located at 2589 and 2599 Elston Dr. in Oak Hills, into 15 residential lots. The two lots total about 10,000 square meters and, as part of the subdivision, Elston Drive would be extended. Staff support the application, noting in a report to council the subdivision is not expected to negatively impact neighbourhood character, as the proposed lots and homes are compatible with those already on that street. 

Two other projects will go to council on Tuesday, including amending a covenant to allow for potential development of a gas bar/car wash/convenience store/drive-thru restaurant and card-lock facility in Dallas and variances to reduce lot size restrictions on riverfront properties on Thompson Drive in Valleyview and on Tranquille Road, near the airport.

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