Second public hearing draws small crowd in Harrison

Bylaw revision heading to council at next appropriate council meeting: Facio

A former mayor of Harrison Hot Springs was almost the sole voice speaking up against a zoning bylaw in that community on Monday night.

John Allen spoke against the bylaw for three seven minute time allotments,  during the second public hearing for bylaw 1020. The bylaw has had two readings and one public hearing already, held Nov. 19. On receiving a report on that hearing, council made several amendments, resulting in the second hearing. If the bylaw receives a third reading by council and is passed, it will replace the current bylaw 672, which defines zoning within the Village.

Allen stated his opposition to several points in the proposed bylaw, stating first his opposition to the time allowed for public comments.

“I object to the process because I don’t believe seven minutes a reasonable time for comment on a bylaw this (large),” he said.

He also believes there is nothing wrong with bylaw 672, which has been in effect since 1992, with amendments.

“The only thing I can see that really changes is the graphics,” he said. “All you really needed to do was add new schedules. I don’t see all this work as necessary. It’s just 672 rehashed and it didn’t need to be rehashed.”

The bylaw, he said, conflicts with the Official Community Plan — a document he had a hand in creating.

“It’s as if an OCP doesn’t exist,” he said. “I take offense to that because I’m one of the ones who did the work on the OCP.”

As he moved into his second seven-minute allotment, Allen questioned staff about the elimination of some regulations regarding setbacks. Staff explained that the bylaw would refer to current provincial standards, and that including those standards word for word would mean changing the bylaw whenever the provincial government changed its regulations.

When staff answered his final questions, Allen asked the chair, Mayor Leo Facio if he had a chance for rebuttal. He was told no, and the meeting was officially ended.

The bylaw will be presented to staff “at the next appropriate council meeting,” Facio said. The next regular council meeting in Harrison Hot Springs is on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Village office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Hope-raised NHL official among BC Hockey Hall of Fame inductees

Jay Sharrers officiated 1,419 regular NHL games, plus Stanley Cup finals and Olympics

Sasquatch Mountain Aussie Day celebration raises $800

Proceeds of bikini runs, toonie tosses and more go to wildfire victims

How would crowded Fraser Valley hospitals deal with patient surge? Officials won’t say

Amid coronavirus case and crowding issues, health officials won’t say where more patients would go

DNA confirms SUV struck and killed Abbotsford cyclist in 2015, court hears

Kerry Froese operated company that owned vehicle that struck and killed Ronald James Scott in 2015

Second earthquake in two days strikes near Agassiz

A 2.6-magnitude recorded Saturday morning

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

Landowner hearings begin for Trans Mountain expansion in Alberta

Detailed route talks start in Spruce Grove, in B.C. communities soon

VIDEO: Canada looking to help 126 Canadians quarantined in China for coronavirus

China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of the new virus, with more than 100 deaths

Alessia Cara to host and perform at 2020 Juno Awards

Multi-platinum Canadian singer-songwriter also up for six awards, including Artist of the Year

Watch out for scams, clickbait in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s death: Better Business Bureau

Kobe Bryant and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles

Surrey massage therapist suspended for reading books on cellphone during treatments

Investigation sparked by patient who was concerned she’d been photographed

‘Very disrespectful’: Headstones at Okanagan cemetery damaged by excavation crew

Headstones at Enderby’s Cliffside Cemetery mistakenly driven over by excavation crew

Despite reports of decline, birds flocking to national parks in Canadian Rockies

Recent studies suggest overall bird population has slid by three billion since 1970

Former UN committee member defends stance on B.C.’s Coastal GasLink pipeline

First Nations LNG Alliance accused UN committee, human rights watchdog of not doing their research

Most Read