Fort St. James Council considers rezoning

The District of Fort St. James has passed the first and second readings for a bylaw to change some zoning to facilitate the sale of land to Terrane Metals.

The proposed changes are a condition of sale on a parcel of land between Elm Street and Heathmont Street.

The District of Fort St. James has passed the first and second readings for a bylaw to change some zoning to facilitate the sale of land to Terrane Metals.

The proposed changes are a condition of sale on a parcel of land between Elm Street and Heathmont Street.

The changes would change the layout and zoning of some of the lots within the parcel from what was originally designated by the Official Community Plan.

It would break up the large, central park space into a few smaller pieces and would allow for a centralized multi-family dwelling designation.

Jason Llewellyn, a planner with the regional district, had a look at the changes and suggested the proposed park lands would not be useful or benefit pedestrians, and was concerned about the long-term implications for centralized, multi-family residences.

A public hearing will take place before a third reading and approval of the amended bylaw.

Public input can then be considered and adjustments to the bylaw could be made at this time if council agrees.