Rezoning moves forward

A bid to move recycling depot to Main Street in Port Hardy has raised concerns.

A bid to move the recycling depot closer to downtown on Main Street has raised some concerns.

At their regular meeting Oct. 11, District of Port Hardy council gave second and third reading to a bylaw which would allow a recycling depot as a permitted use in a commercial zone.

Councillor Fred Robertson said he has heard concerns about what the area might look like, and if recyclable materials stored on the site might have an impact on the nearby park.

“It’s a point well taken,” Robertson said, asking if it was possible to include a stipulation in the bylaw that “the outside storage be kept to a minimum.”

Corporate Services Director Heather Nelson-Smith said a provision could be included requiring that all storage be kept inside of the building or other structures on the premises.

Council also gave second and third reading to two other applications, one to rezone the St. Columba Church property to allow for funeral services and another to change zoning to allow residential use on Hastings Street.