Couple asks for rezoning for kennel

A local couple wants to start a kennel on Bronze Road near Storey's Beach

Local dogs may soon have a new place to stay when mom and dad are away.

At its regular meeting May 26, District of Port Hardy Council gave first and second readings to a change to its Zoning Bylaw that would allow a kennel to be operated on Bronze Road (on the way to Storey’s Beach).

Currently the property, located in the Tacan Industrial Park, is zoned Light Industrial.

Dylan and Kristy Shaw, who own and operate Island’s Edge Contracting Ltd., are in the process of finalizing the purchase of property in the industrial park and would like to be able to house their contracting business, a caretaker’s dwelling, and in the future, a dog kennel operation.

The Shaws asked that the zoning be revised to allow a kennel as a permitted use.

Rather than amend the existing applicable Light Industrial zone, administration recommended that the property be considered for a new zoning category – Comprehensive Development 6, which would permit all of the existing uses of the Light Industrial zone as well as the additional use of an animal kennel.

This approach would ensure that kennels are not permitted outright on other properties that are included in the Light Industrial zone which are scattered throughout the District, without first undergoing a review as to location and potential impact.

A public hearing will be held on June 23 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers.