Wednesday, March 28, 2018

With strong support from the public gallery; Supportive Housing Residence sails through Public Hearing

With a strong level of support from those attending Monday's Council session,
Prince Rupert City Council approved the zoning change to allow for
a Men's Recovery House to be located on the east side of the city

Prince Rupert is now officially the home of a Supportive Housing Residence, with the 333 Trinity Men's Recovery Residence on 11th Avenue East jumping the final hurdle of the city's zoning and regulatory process.

City Council members voted unanimously to approve the zoning application related to the property, that after a Public Hearing hosted Monday night in council chambers, one which attracted a strong show of support from the public gallery and the vocal support of four contributors to the Public Hearing process.

Some of those who spoke told their own personal stories of recovery and praised the program that has been designed by the 333 Trinity operators as an impressive one and something that will be of strong benefit to the community.

Their accounts provided a glimpse into a world that the Prince Rupert residence seeks to serve, offering a place for men in recovery from addictions to gain their strength and receive the support they will need to make for an effective return to society and expand on their personal ambitions.

The final account of the four contributions on the night brought the Public Hearing to an end, with Council to follow up on the zoning issue later in the evening as part of the Regular Council session.

During that segment of the council session, Council members offered no objections to the proposal, making  comment as to the strong support from the public and the need for such a facility in the community.

Councillor Barry Cunningham took note that there had been two letters from area residents with questions and concerns related to the home,  with Cunningham offering up one suggestion that Willy Beaudry, the proponent of the facility may wish to contact those residents directly to reassure them over any concerns that they have about the recovery house.

With few other comments to make note of, the vote was held and the zoning amendment passed.

The Mayor then offered his thanks to those in the gallery who came out to support the project and congratulated the proponent for their success and the service they will provide.

Councillor Wade Niesh was not part of that vote, having excused himself from the Public Hearing and council review process as he is a property owner in the immediate area of the Recovery House location.

You can review the Public Hearing and the subsequent discussion by Council on the development through the City's Video Archive. The Public hearing starts at the three minute mark of the evening, while the approval for the development is made as part of the discussion in Regular Council session at the 55 minute mark.

A full overview of what the 333 Trinity House Program is all about can be reviewed from the facilities website here.

More items of note from Monday's Council session can be found on our Council Timeline feature

A glimpse of the path that the project took towards approval can be reviewed from our Preview of Monday morning, more items related to housing in the Northwest can be found on our archive page.

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