Fire hall, housing and bees

News in brief from Qualicum Beach town council's meeting Monday night

News, in brief, from Qualicum Beach town council Monday night:

• A motion was passed to invite Johnston-Davidson Architects to prepare a proposal for the design and construction of the new fire hall, using a design-bid-build project delivery process. This is the most common form of delivery of a project, characterized by its three phases, independent contracts and linear sequencing of the work.

• An amendment on the redevelopment proposal for the Kiwanis Affordable Housing bylaw was given second reading at the meeting. This would increase the units from 20 to 35 at the site. Director of Planning Luke Sales confirmed that once the redevelopment takes place, there will no longer be an age restriction at the site, which Westbroek pointed out could mean affordable housing options for other low-income residents. A public hearing was also set for May 27 at 7 p.m. at Qualicum Beach town hall.

• An amended second reading passed for the Beekeeping Bylaw and a public hearing is set for May 27 at 7 p.m. at town hall. This bylaw would legalize beekeeping within non-agricultural zones in Qualicum Beach. Some housekeeping amendments would also be included in this bylaw to resolve minor inconsistencies, fix grammatical errors and make other minor changes.

— Lissa Alexander