Open house on development in Parksville slated

It’s a chance for the public to see the details of a plan that will play a role in changing the look of city’s southern gateway.

It’s a chance for the public to see the details of a plan that will play a role in changing the look  of city’s southern gateway.

The proponents behind a proposed official community plan amendment that would allow a new Quality Foods on the south side of Parksville adjacent to the new health centre, are holding an open house tonight at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre from 5:30 to 8 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 16).

With first and second readings of the amendment on the council agenda for Monday night after press deadline, the proponents are optimistic they will be given the nod to advance to the next step and invite the community to hear details of the proposal, ask questions and give input.

Bruce Robertson of Kelland Foods Holdings (QF’s formal name) told council in September that their early vision for the site would make it a “health and wellness centre” with a neighbourhood-friendly mix of retail and residential, including a grocery store and a focus on pedestrian and cycling traffic.

The OCP amendment would add the “Local Grocery” subhead to the commercial development category.