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.

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