By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Dec. 5, 2012
Couns Patricia Heintzman and Bryan Raiser dithered with their approval, but Couns Doug Race and Ron Sander had little, if any, doubt about the project.
Heintzman said she was reluctantly voting in favour of the project.
“I’d say bank and the type of jobs that come with a bank would affect my decision,” she said.
Heintzman said she would like to discuss the creation of a policy that discourages the drive-through culture.
Coun. Ron Sander said the project was a good development that would clean up the site, provide good jobs in the community.
He said he understand people have concerns and is willing to debate the issue, along with the public input.
“We need to have an OCP type conversation, but not a discussion about individual property owners, and individual developments,” he said.
Chapelle said the idea of an OCP is to support the downtown core with institutional growth and commercial retail activity.
“I want people to stop and drive into our community,” she said.
“No doubt developers want to capitalise on the highway, but we can’t allow decision that take us away from our guiding documents.”
Coun. Doug Race said while Downtown First is the OCP mantra, it can’t be Downtown Only.
“We have given continued attention to our downtown core, but there are other parts that require commercial development,” he said.
Work on the project is expected to start as early as March next year.