North College Park Petition Received By Council
Prince George, B.C.- Although there is no application before Prince George City Council to consider making a piece of North College Park available for development, many who live near the park want Council to know there will be fierce opposition to any such plan.
A group of concerned residents in the College Heights area, submitted a petition which carries signatures from 725 fellow neighbours who wanted to, as the petition reads, ” register their opposition to any rezoning of North College Park that would allow a housing development to be built on parkland adjacent to Eton Avenue. We wish all of North College Park to remain parkland.”
According to the correspondence sent to Council, 725 of the more than 900 signatures on the petition, are from area residents.
The residents say that while they are aware there is no application to rezone the park before council, they want to “Make their concerns known to Prince George City Council before any such application is made.”
There is a developer who would like to use a portion of the parkland, adjacent to Eton Avenue to develop a seniors housing project. The project calls for up to one dozen homes on about one hectare of land. That would leave more than 12 hectares of the park untouched.
“I appreciate them bringing this to us” said Councillor Brian Skakun. Mayor Lyn Hall noted it was important to know the delegation plans to present to Council on March 6th.
The petition won’t be lost, as it will be brought forward should there be an application filed on the project.
Manager of Development and Planning, Ian Wells, says there is no movement to sell the piece of property.
So, no sale, no application for a rezoning “So there is really nothing more the City can do” said Councillor Jillian Merrick.
“I am glad they are coming on the 6th” said Mayor Lyn Hall, “I think there is an understanding we don’t have anything in the hopper, there is no development plan.” Mayor Hall added, “That’s what this is all about, they can air concerns and ask questions.”