The public will have to wait at least another month for a public hearing on zoning ammendments for Eliza’s Village, an ambitious development planned for Thornhill.
Sept. 30 was earmarked as the date for the public hearing, but the date came and passed without a hearing as the regional district awaited documents.
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No new information can be submitted after a public hearing, and RDKS staff still require the developer, Enterprise4Good (E4G), submit multiple reports and plans before a public hearing can take place.
On Aug. 14, the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine gave first and second readings to a zoning bylaw to rezone a portion of the Thornhill Official Community Plan and the Electoral Area E Zoning Bylaw that would change the site of the old Thornhill forestry nursery bordered by Edlund Ave. from its current rural/low density rural designation to Community and Insitutional zoning to accomodate the multi-faceted housing project’s initial phases.
Verna Wickie, representative for the Pacific North Coast Development Society, which is the intermediary between E4G and the RDKS, requested the hearing be delayed in a Sept. 10 email to RDKS planners Amelia Andrews and Ted Pellegrino.
Staff still require a Site Development Plan including dimensions drawn to scale showing the proposed use, buildings and access. Also, Enterprise4Good needs to provide the regional district with a Traffic Impact Study, a professional technical report covering the proposed sewage disposal system at the site, and a site drainage and stormwater management report.
“Without those we wouldn’t be willing to take it to public hearing because it’s just not enough information on the actual potential infrastructure and environmental impacts of the project,” said Andrews.
The proposed project would be developed in phases over a seven to 10-year period and have entry level, low income, family and multiple senior housing options.
Eliza’s Village plans to have around 10 buildings to support Northern Health, including palliative care, hospice, autism and Alzheimer’s care.
Ben Bogstie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Interior News