Rezoning a Go for Behavioural Office
Prince George, B.C.- For the past year, T&K Behavioural Interventionists Ltd has been providing services at 788 Preston Road under a temporary use permit. The company would like to make that permanent by having the property rezoned and Council has cleared the path toward that goal.
T&K provides behaviour therapy and life skills training for children with developmental challenges.
Staff with the City of Prince George argued against the proposal saying the well established single family residential neighbourhood is not the right place for the service saying it would fragment the neighbourhood and lead to “undue traffic within a local neighbourhood street.”
Staff also expressed concerns about increasing traffic and parking on Preston Road which already handles staff and visitors to Cedars Christian School.
But T&K says parking has never been an issue because the property has two driveways and pick up and drop off is only 5 minutes. The location meets the needs of the service says Kalma Arnett of T&K .
She says being centrally located is a positive for the clients. It’s a point echoed by one supporter who says it would have been impossible for his autistic son to learn the skills needed to navigate a home, if the service was being offered in an office building like the Phoenix Medical Building.
Councillor Brian Skakun disagrees with the position of City Staff, “From my perspective I am going to be supporting a hard working ethical business”.
“I think sometimes we do have to step out of the box and serve the better and higher need” said Councillor Susan Scott who made it clear she would be supporting the rezoning.
Council has unanimously approved the rezoning, pending a traffic impact study.