Residential Care Facility Gets Healthy Support
Prince George, B.C.- A plan to have a community care facility on Punchaw Crescent in Prince George has been approved.
The applicants wanted to change the zoning to allow them to operate a 24 hour care facility for 12 people. The property in question is an existing duplex with each side of the duplex developed into a care facility for 6 people .
Each duplex has three bedrooms which would be converted to six single bedrooms, all wheelchair accessible. The current plan calls for three staff members, but the applicant says that staff load could increase depending on the needs of the clients.
The proponents say there wouldn’t be any major development on the site, just the changes to the carport to create a lounge area for the residents.
Those who oppose the application expressed concerns about parking and increased traffic in the area. Three health care professionals stepped forward spoke of the need for this kind of facility saying it would take some pressure off the University Hospital of Northern BC and Northern Health in that it could free up beds that are currently being occupied by those who are on the way to healing but just need some more care as they transition back to their regular lives.
But Councillor Koehler says in his opinion “This make sense” and supports the application. His fellow councillors echoed those thoughts, and voted unanimously in favour of supporting the application.