Foothills Transit Site to be Quashed?
Prince George, B.C.- The proposed location for a new BC Transit maintenance facility at Foothills and 18th Avenue in Prince George may be dead in the water.
On Monday, June 12th, Mayor and Council will hold their regular meeting and a report from Mayor Lyn Hall calls on Council to approve three recommendations:
1.RESCIND first and second reading of “City of Prince George Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 8383, 2011, Amendment Bylaw No. 8837, 2017”;
2. RESCIND first and second reading of “City of Prince George Zoning Bylaw No. 7850, 2007, Amendment Bylaw No. 8838, 2017”; and
3. DIRECT Administration to liaise with BC Transit regarding potential alternate locations to facilitate their proceeding with the development of a new Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility.
The motions were prompted by three Councillors, Garth Frizzell, Susan Scott and Brian Skakun.
The report from the Mayor notes there has been significant feedback from the public on this matter. Indeed, the outcry against the loss of greenspace and placing an industrial use in the bowl has been long and loud. The matter saw a capacity crowd attend a public information meeting that was held at the Kin Centre last month , and there have been more than two thousand names collected on petitions opposing the proposed rezoning and change to the official community plan.
There is still an opportunity for a new facility to be built, as the third recommendation calls for Administration to “liaise” with BC Transit on finding a new location for the $23 million dollar project.
The final decision on this matter will come Monday evening when Mayor and Council receive the report and vote on the three recommendations being put forward.