Haldi Road Open House Draws Dozens
Prince George, B.C. – Residents who live in the Haldi Road neighbourhood had the chance to learn more about a new proposal for the former school in their area last night.
Dozens showed up at Vanway Elementary and were greeted by City of Prince George staff members and commercial realtor Don Kehler who was there acting on behalf of the proponent acquiring the property.
The new proposal would like to see the Official Community Plan amended to remove a policy which would permit a Therapeutic Community Care Facility on the lot for the supportive residential care of up to 30 persons and be rezoned to allow for a dog kennel operation.
Kehler noted the proposal was “pretty innocuous” pointing out the proponents plan on housing 30-40 dogs 24/7 (he said that number would fluctuate depending on market conditions).
During a question and answer session he added the proponent is from Prince George and said the daughter is a licensed dog trainer who plans “to be highly involved” in the operation.
Kehler acknowledged water use as a concern but said it wouldn’t be a problem with dogs.
“You’ve got to have a bowl of water for them and that bowl can last for a day or more. They’re even going to use non-spillable bowls.”
He said noise shouldn’t be a concern either noting the animals would be inside at night.
“Sound barriers inside and he’s looking at cleaning up the grounds. He’s got some unique ideas he’s picked up from the U.S. he’s looking at bringing here to ensure that there are no issues in respect to the neighbourhood.”
Haldi Road resident Rick Bowman lives the equivalent of two city blocks away from the school and came to hear what Kehler had to say.
“Well it’s nice to see something going in the building. If it’s done properly it could be an asset to the neighbourhood,” he said. “But I wish the owners were here because those are the people I’d like to address the questions to.”
He said his main concern “was more traffic than anything else” and whether or not they’d be good neighbours.
Bowman attributed the big turnout to how the previous proposal was handled.
“The last one got caught up in the manner in which the previous people got their zoning which scared the hell out of everybody in the neighbourhood. They were sitting down at city hall and saying we will do as we wish and that got a lot of backs up.”
He said his initial impression is this new proposal has been handled much better.
Moving forward, the City will be requesting comment again from residents following 1st and 2nd reading of the bylaws.
The date of council consideration of 1st and 2nd reading has not yet been determined.