News

New Parksville Quality Foods goes public

A new Quality Foods in Parksville appears to be getting a lot of support, as long as they deal with some traffic concerns.

Parksville council received the results from the developer’s June 26 open house, gave first and second reading and set a city public hearing date of Sept. 3 to consider rezoning the currently vacant three hectare (7.3 acre) property at Despard Avenue and the Alberni Highway.

The proponents are requesting a change on the southern portion of the property from comprehensive development CD-21 to a new CD zone to allow a grocery store with second floor mezzanine and separate retail building.

Mayor Chris Burger said the general response he hears is “get on with it.” He said the feedback is very positive, tempered only with traffic concerns, specifically around new school configurations. Due to the closure of Parksville Elementary, Springwood Middle School, just on the other side of the subject property, will become a consolidated elementary school.

The staff report said the applicant reported 55 people attended the open house with the main concern being increased traffic around young students. Many of the comments on the ten sheets submitted were clearly in favour, asking for specific things from the grocery store like organic food, a pharmacy and coffee shop.

A public hearing will be held at the opening of the Sept. 3 council meeting at 6 p.m. in council chambers.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

B.C. cities demand greater oil pipeline scrutiny, safety
 
TOUR DE ROCK: Rough ride to Tofino as two cyclists injured
 
Province floats gas tax shift to ferries
Highlanders shifting matches to Royal Athletic Park
 
Sunny August up monthly record
 
SPCA holds Open House
Updated Monday: Senior hiker Tony Morley still missing
 
Pool and more open for Family Day splashing
 
The Week — Oct. 25: Exam is least of your worries

Community Events, September 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 25 edition online now. Browse the archives.