TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO                                The old North Island Gazette building could potentially be turned into an emergency shelter for the Salvation Army.

TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO The old North Island Gazette building could potentially be turned into an emergency shelter for the Salvation Army.

Salvation Army looking to turn old Gazette building into emergency shelter

The Old Gazette building could soon become an emergency shelter, thanks to the Salvation Army.

An application has been made by the Governing Council of the Salvation Army in Canada to relocate the Salvation Army Lighthouse Resource Centre from 8635 Granville Street to 7305 Market Street. For the relocation to occur, the property requires rezoning.

The District of Port Hardy has given notice of a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers to seek public input on the following changes made to Bylaw No. 1075-2018:

Emergency Shelter definition is required to be added to the Zoning Regulation for this property and is defined as:

‘Emergency Shelter’ means a use staffed and supervised by a public authority or non-profit agency for the purposes of providing temporary sleeping accommodation for people in need of emergency shelter on a short-term basis (to a maximum of 24 hours). Emergency Shelter use includes drop-in and meal services as well as accessory administration and office space for use by program staff.

Anyone who believes the proposed District of Port Hardy Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 1075-2018 will affect their interests shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard in person, by a representative or by written submission at the Public Hearing at the above-noted time and place. If you are unable to attend the Public Hearing, written comments may be mailed, facsimiled, emailed or hand-delivered to the District of Port Hardy by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 27. Legally, the District cannot consider any representations or submissions made after the close of the Public Hearing.

Bylaw 1075-2018, the application, and all relevant documents may be inspected at the District of Port Hardy Municipal Office, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding statutory holidays, to Feb. 27. The documents are also available on the District website at www.porthardy.ca.

– Gazette staff