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Rose Kochan’s grandson Tyler Howard is understandably a big fan of her crochet work that was for sale at the Port Hardy Farmers’ and Artisans Market June 27.

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McNeill gives amended zoning third reading

By Kathy O'Reilly, North Island Eagle, August 12 2022

The town spoke and council listened.

On Aug. 9, Town of Port McNeill council approved a revised zoning bylaw.

On Aug. 8, a second public hearing proposed a bylaw that incorporated much of the community feedback from the first public hearing June 13 as well as subsequent discussions particularly from downtown property owners in the M1 (Manufacturing/Industrial) zones that were not in favour of the transition to the C2 (Commercial Service).

“We had a public hearing back in June when we heard pretty clearly some concerns that came out of that initial dialogue,” said Kevin Brooks, Senior Planner at McElhanney at the public hearing Aug. 8. “Council decided, based on that, to go back and re consult with the community to have a little bit fuller discussion in regards to some of the key comments we heard,” McElhanney said.

Some of those comments included concern for the permission and management of chickens within the community. 

Based on the feedback during the open house and through conversations with the community, it was decided to “remove the chicken section at this time to revisit the backyard hens potentially through a different approach for regulation in the future if the community so decides.”

There was also concern raised that zoning changes would result in the Royal Canadian Legion becoming a permitted use in the CS1 (Commercial Service 1) zone. To address this issue, a site-specific provision was added that would regularize the Legion’s use in that location in perpetuity.

Property owners on Mine Road were concerned about the loss of the C2 zone and how that might impact their residential use of their property.

 

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The District of Port Hardy is looking into adding some solar power to its energy arsenal.

At their regular meeting Aug. 10, council discussed having received $71,082 from the BC government to support local climate initiatives aligned with the CleanBC Roadmap and the draft Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy. 

“My thoughts were to add in this payment and get some quotes for solar similar to what the RD (Regional District) did on their buildings,” said Chief Administrative Officer Heather Nelson-Smith.

The district had planned to replace an aging generator this year, but Nelson-Smith told council she would like to add the new funds into the generator budget, which would give them about $123,000 to spend on solar energy with battery backup.

“I’m all for supporting that, especially panels and things,” said Councillor John Tidbury.

“Just to clarify, this motion is just to investigate the idea, not to go ahead with anything because 

“I may have a lot more questions,” said Councillor Janet Dorward.

“Absolutely. We’re going to investigate to see what we can do within $123,000 and then, if not, we’ll have to come back to council to talk about what we may have to do in the 2023 budget,” said Nelson-Smith, adding that she had reached out to Regional District of Mount Waddington Administrator Greg Fletcher to find out what their costs had been.

Council approved a motion to investigate solar energy.

 

District investigating solar power system

By Kathy O'Reilly, North Island Eagle, August 12  2022

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