Urban Village Plan Gets Green Light
Conceptual plan of proposed Urban Village- image presented to Prince George City Council
Prince George, B.C.- The proposal to have property rezoned to allow for the development of an “Urban Village” has been approved by Prince George City Council.
The plan calls for a phased development of property at 1919 17th Avenue as an ‘urban village’ with access from Bowser . The first phase of site development is proposed to occur towards the south of the property line and feature multiple residential housing.
The 7 acre site is bordered by 17th avenue on the north, and Bowser on the south. The application called to rezone the property from P2 Minor Institutional to RM 3 and RM 5 multiple residential.
The first phase would see 50 units constructed. The Aboriginal Housing Society says there still needs to be a demand study to clarify what the demand and needs are in the community.
It would take about 2 years for the first phase to be completed.
While there has been a traffic impact analysis done, fourth reading of the rezoning, will hinge on a complete report on services that are required, such as sewer and water.
Those who expressed concerns about the project voiced issues of drainage from the property, increased traffic flow through the residential areas adjacent to the site and worries tenants will not keep the property in good condition.
The Aboriginal Housing Society says it manages several rental properties in Prince George and is more than willing to show residents how those properties are kept in good order.
One area resident noted the vacant lot is a like “a wildflower meadow in spring it’s a lovely bit of land. I’ve been fearful that one day somebody would come and ruin it with ugly buildings. So when I got this notice, which I got a week or so ago from the Aboriginal Housing Society which described the project, to be in serious danger of misquoting Chief Dan George, ‘My heart soared’ because I thought, this is beautiful, this is a dream, which I wouldn’t mind sacrificing my wildflower meadow for.” But she is worried the current proposed access will be a nightmare as Yew Street is already congested. She offered one final message to the Aboriginal Housing Society “This is one dream that I hope comes true.”
Planning Department Manager Ian Wells says it’s premature to talk about traffic flow as the project is not yet at the stage of development drawings and plans which show access and egress but added, the developers plan “is spectacular.”
“There will be more processes for people to get involved” said Councillor Frank Everitt who pointed out this is just the first step in the process.
Mayor Hall says he thinks the concept for the land meets what Council is trying to accomplish when it comes to housing in the community “It looks like a very exciting project. I am very pleased with the public hearing it went well, and I am very pleased that the applicant is going to continue to meet with the community to talk about progression of the project.” He says as the project progresses through different phases, going to the community “is so important.”