Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Quesnel Council Highlights - Aug 23rd mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Quesnel Lions Housing Society Development – Corner of Reid Street/McNaughton Avenue
The Quesnel Lions Housing Society, developer of a proposed 30 unit housing development for seniors, recently finalized an agreement to purchase the adjacent lot to the north of the proposed development allowing for a significantly revised site plan.  The revised site plan includes an increase in parking spaces to 17 from 11 and includes one handicapped parking stall.   The proposed parking area is situated north of the building with room for additional parking spaces should this be needed in the future.  This change also will allow for more greenspace, scooter parking and a garden area at the northeast end of the building. The proposed new front yard setback has been increased from 3 meters to 5 meters, with all other setbacks now meeting current regulations.  The Quesnel Lions Housing Society will be hosting an Open House from 3-7 p.m., September 13, 2016 at the Best Western Tower Inn Banquet Room to receive the public’s input regarding the proposed site plan.  A report outlining a summary of this public consultation will be brought back to Council before Bylaws 1781 and 1782 will receive further consideration.

Grace Inn Motel – Convert to Multi-Unit Housing – 530 Carson Avenue

The developer has recently brought forward changes for the proposed development to convert the Grace Inn Motel into multi-unit housing.  Currently, the City is working with the developer to identify the following:

-    Quality and type of units post conversion

-    Market for the units

-    Renovation timeline

-    Level of site management once the conversion is completed

The developer no longer wishes to limit the Grace Inn re-development for affordable seniors housing, but now wishes to open these units for market rent to various demographics.  Also outstanding is the total number of units being developed and project conversion timeline.  Further reporting regarding this development will be brought forward to Council for consideration.

Extension to Recycling Contract

Council has approved an extension to the City’s current contract for recycling services with Northern Recycling Inc (NRI) to June 2020 that will now coincide with the timing of the end of the Multi Materials British Columbia contract for processing the door-to-door recycling collected in the City.  The current City/NRI recycling services contract includes the three recycling satellite stations, recycling at the landfill and the reuse centre.  The Cariboo Regional District contributes 55% of the cost of recycling services, based on population, via a Memorandum of Understanding with the City that expires December 31, 2019.  This approved contract extension will allow the City time to plan for the future of the area’s landfill, recycling services and other zero-waste initiatives.  

Touch a Truck Fundraiser

Council approved Public Works to assist with a partial road closure for the Quesnel and District Child Development Centre “Touch a Truck” fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2016.  McLean Street will be partially closed from the 445 McLean Street to the north end of McLean Street and Shepherd Avenue from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.  Horns and sirens will be sounding from 12-1 pm.  There is a $6.00/person, or $20.00/family entrance fee.  Please contact Heidi at 250-992-2481 for more information.

Northern Health – New Family Physicians

Northern Health will welcome six new family physicians to the north:  three to Quesnel (August 2016), and one each to Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek (September 2016).  This will be the third group of physicians to arrive to the north through the Practice Ready Assessment process.  Through this process, physicians spend three months with a B.C. physician who evaluates their skills as they care for patients.  Physicians successfully completing this program, commit to practice for at least three years in a designated rural community; providing stability of care in that community.


-    Bylaw 1781/1782 – Seniors Housing Development (Reid St/McNaughton Ave) – Second as Amended

Next Meetings

-    7 pm - August 30, 2016 - Regular Council Meeting

-    7 pm – September 6, 2016 - Regular Council Meeting

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