B.C. Transit Facility Takes Another Step
Prince George, B.C.- Council for the City of Prince George have given the first two readings on the application to revise the Official community Plan and rezone a property at the south end of Foothills to develop a B.C. Transit maintenance and operations facility.Granting first two readings opens the door for a community meeting on the project, to be followed by a public hearing before Council makes a decision on whether or not the project will be approved.
Council has received a great deal of correspondence from the public who say while it may be the right facility it is the wrong location.
“Obviously there is a lot of community interest in this project” said Councillor Murry Krause, “If we could have some real clarity on what would be the process on consultation, and what the public will look like.”
There will be a community meeting, information has already come in to the City on the project, and Manager of Development Services, Ian Wells, says it’s hoped there will be conceptual drawings available at that time so people can have a better idea of what the project will look like, and what type of landscaping screening will be part of the project.
Members of Council did tour the area earlier today to get a better idea of the location. Councillor Albert Koehler says when he was there he couldn’t see any residential properties from the proposed site.
Wells says if the proposal moves forward, there will a redesign of the intersection of Foothills and 18th to make it safer for people who are using the existing trail system ( through Ginter’s field) which is accessed from Foothills. The actual site is south of the existing hydro sub-station.
There is a driveway leading to the site, but while some members of the public thought that was a City Trail, that is not the case. Wells says the driveway was put in by the owner of the property to gain access to an area he had hoped to develop.
Councillor Jillian Merrick says while those who oppose the development have been using the slogan “right facility wrong location” for her, ” it’s the wrong facility, period”. She says the current location of the facility which services the BC Transit is sufficient “I’ve not seen a shred of research or data that backs the necessity for the project.”
Mayor Hall says he is looking forward to receiving more information on the safety issue, the reconfiguration of the intersections, the geotechnical process, the buffer between the facility and the existing trails.
Council has approved first and second readings, allowing the project to move to the next step in the process.