Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Quickload shift to old Canadian Freightways yard heads for public hearing stage

Rezoning proposal for the old
Canadian Freightways location
A proposed move for Quickload Terminals to the old Canadian Freightways site was the subject of a portion of last weeks City Council session.

As council members heard of the need to rezone the land in question to allow for container stuffing and other operations related to the container service in the city.

Quickload recently announced that they were preparing to shift their operations from Watson Island, apparently settling on the location that once housed the Canadian Freightways operations in the city, located at Frederick Street and Highway 16.

In order to locate in that area however, the city will have to rezone the land in question, a process which they put in motion last Monday, following a report from the City Planner Zeno Krekic.

As part of his overview, Mr. Krekic also noted that the proposed shift of purpose for the area will be outlined for the province's highways ministry, in order to hear comment from them regarding the change and any impact on traffic at the Frederick Street entrance to the highway.

Councillor Thorkelson had questions regarding the rezoning proposal, with concern raised over what other kind of industry might be able to locate on the land, should Quickload at some point decide to leave.

To address those concerns, the City Manager suggested that Council could put in place covenants to exclude other uses, beyond what is specified with the current proposal.

Council voted to move forward with the process, putting forward a timetable for a public meeting to consider the issue further.

The public hearing will take place on Monday, April 13 at 7 PM in Council Chambers at City Hall, background on the process can be reviewed here.

You can examine the proposed relocation to the Canadian Freightways yard from the City's Video Archive, the discussion starts at the one hour twenty two minute mark.

For more items related to discussions at City Council see our archive page here.

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