File photo

District of Sparwood reconvenes public hearing on M1 zoning

Session held over to allow staff to consult with property owners

In December, the District of Sparwood started a conversation with local business owners about encouraging office developments in the downtown.

At a public hearing, the municipality heard concerns from members of the local Chamber of Commerce, and other business owners about the proposal, which would see office space removed as being a permitted primary use for buildings in the M1 industrial areas of town.

Some business owners like Chuck Shoesmith of Shoesmith Construction and Alex Millar, president of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce told the mayor and council that businesses simply won’t invest in the town if there is too much regulation.

Cal McDougall asked to have the public hearing reconvene at a later date in order to have staff clarify whether or not offices for businesses that service the mines would still be allowed in the M1 Zone.

It gives staff time to consult with property owners who may be affected by the changes as well as research what sort of availability there is for office spaces in the downtown.

“There’s some confusion in the wording of the bylaw,” said the Mayor, adding that part of the one-on-one consultations with business owners is to ensure that the town and public are on the same page. “We’re not trying to squeeze out mining related offices,” said McDougall.

Staff will be bringing forward other options for consideration, such as having buildings with secondary uses as offices restricted to 50 per cent of their floor space.

A second option would be to have a new permitted use for mine-support offices.

“That option came about as a result of what we heard at the public hearing,” said Jeremy Johnston, planning assistant with the District of Sparwood. He says that after the meeting staff sent letters to about 50 property owners in the M1 zoning area, soliciting input on the regulations.

“The public hearing is still open,” he said, explaining that they will be taking comments and submissions until the public hearing is ended on Jan. 15.

Written submissions can be made to staff in the planning department by emailing Nelson Wight nwight@sparwood.ca

Jeremy Johnson, jjohnston@sparwood.ca or by emailing sparwood@sparwood.ca

Just Posted

Kootenay-Columbia incumbent MP responds to Trudeau brownface scandal

Stetski proud of NDP leader Singh’s reaction, which focused on people not power

It’s time for change, or not, say B.C. residents

Approximately 93 per cent of B.C. residents say time’s up for bi-annual… Continue reading

Liberals’ Kootenay-Columbia candidate stands by Trudeau despite scandal

Robin Goldsbury says the prime minister’s racist photo is a learning opportunity

Driver of RV in Hosmer collision reported in stable condition

Collision occurred in Hosmer on September 5 and involved a semi truck, an RV and a school bus

VIDEO: Trudeau asks Canada to look to current, not past, actions on race

Liberal leader says he never spoke about the racist photo because he was embarrassed

‘Really disturbing:’ Trudeau’s racist photos worry B.C. First Nation chief

Wet’suwet’en Chief concerned the photos will sow fear in Indigenous communities

‘Unacceptable’: What politicians have to say about Trudeau in blackface

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi: ‘When I saw that picture last night, certainly it was a sucker-punch’

‘He’s trying to kill me’: Victoria police commandeer boats to reach screaming woman

No charges laid and civilians to be awarded honours after incident on Gorge Waterway

VIDEO: B.C. man accused of assaulting sex worker loses temper in interrogation

Defence lawyer says statements made by accused Curtis Sagmoen should be deemed inadmissible

John Horgan promises action after fatal mid-Island bus crash

Premier cites students, local Indigneous community as reason to repair the road

Teens charged in stabbing death of B.C. man in strip mall parking lot

Two youths, aged 15 and 16, charged in Aug. 16 killing of South Surrey’s Paul Prestbakmo

Forestry watchdog warned B.C. government about Bamfield Road in 2008

Ombusman’s specific concerns re-surface in wake of bus crash that killed two students

Photos surface of Conservative candidate at B.C. event with people in blackface

The controversial “Black Peter” character has been a feature at Sinterklaas celebrations

Most Read