Thursday, March 1, 2018

Supportive Housing facility proposal heads to Public Hearing set for March

City Council has set March 26th as the date for the Public Hearing 
related to a  proposed Supportive Housing facility in the community
(photo from City of Prince Rupert files)

One of the final item of business from Monday's Prince Rupert City Council session found the city's council members moving forward the process related to zoning issues and a Housing agreement between the City and the proponent of a supportive housing facility on 11th Avenue East.

Since the topic was introduced late last year, Council has been reviewing a request to rezone that property, known as 333 Trinity House, to allow for the supportive housing facility.

As part of the process the proponent of the project hosted a public information session in early January, providing a forum for those with an interest in the facility to ask questions and get more information about their plans.

Monday night, City Planner Zeno Krekic recapped many of the past items of note related to the proposed nine bed development, as well as offering one more look at some of the terms to the Housing Agreement that the City of Prince Rupert has signed with the proponent of the facility.

Among some of the key elements of that arrangement are

The agreement will specify that the property be kept in good order and that residents do not engage in any conduct or behaviour that unreasonably disturbs the neighbourhood.

The Housing agreement can be terminated should the owner not comply with the terms and conditions of the agreement.

Mr. Krekic observed that the agreement provides for a safeguard the proper use of the subject property and provides for a mechanism for termination in case of any failure to comply.

Council members had no follow up questions for the City planner during Monday's session, and voted to move the application forward to the final stage of the Public Hearing, which has been scheduled for March 26th.

Should there be no outstanding issues raised at the Public Hearing, the supportive housing proposal could be approved at that same Council session.

Mr. Krekics overview for Council can be viewed through the City's Video Archive, it starts at the thirty one minute mark.

Some background notes related to the procedural path that the application has had to follow can be found below:

February 15, 2018 -- City Council passes motion for Housing Agreement with 11th Avenue East Supportive housing proposal
January 9, 2018  -- Supportive Housing proponent schedules information meeting for January 8th
December 8, 2017  -- Supportive Housing proposal for 11th Ave East moves on to consultation phase
December 4, 2017 -- Supportive Housing application for 11th Ave East property up for review at tonight's Council session

The 333 Trinity House Recover program hosts this website, which outlines what the facility is going to offer to the North Coast.

For more notes on the 11th Avenue proposal, as well as other items of interest related to housing see our housing archive page here.

You can find more items of interest from Tuesday's City Council session from our Council Timeline Feature and Archive of items from the February 26th session.

We also host an archive related to Public Hearings hosted by the City of Prince Rupert, which you can review here.

While a look at the Discussion topics from City Council can be explored on our Council Discussion page.

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