BC Housing: Proposed Cougar Road Supportive Housing Project Virtual Information Session Re-Scheduled for November 25

November 13, 2020 - This notice is to advise that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing has lifted their engagement freeze now that the Provincial Election is over. BC Housing has rescheduled their Virtual Neighbourhood Information Session for November 25, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a Land Use Amendment / Rezoning application and proposed supportive housing unit located at 3235 Cougar Road.

Westbank First Nation (WFN) Development Services office received an application for an amendment to a property’s Land Use Designation and Zoning for Lot 37-2-2 at 3235 Cougar Road. By resolving to provide initial consideration on September 9, 2020, Council allowed for WFN’s Development Services to open up public consultation only at this time for the received application.

For the purposes of constructing permanent supportive housing, the applicant is seeking to utilize a WFN Member property which is proposed to be sub-leased to BC Housing by the current lessee. BC Housing has been working to identify a location on the Westside to support a development of this nature since 2018, and the potential site was recently identified by BC Housing’s real estate team.

WFN’s role in this initiative is specific to the capacity of land use authority only. The proposed project belongs to BC Housing and their partner, Turning Points Collaborative Society, and would be funded exclusively by BC Housing should it be approved.

A second consultation package has been mailed to all residences within a 300 metre radius of the proposed site on November 10, 2020, and BC Housing will be hosting a Virtual Neighbourhood Information Session on November 25, 2020 beginning at 6:30 p.m. All interested residents are encouraged to attend and provide feedback for further Council consideration. To register for this opportunity, click here.

At this time, no approvals have been issued for the rezoning, land use amendment, or proposed development. Following consultation, WFN will further consider the matter along with the feedback received.

All residents are encouraged to contact Lindsay Allman, Planner 1 (lallman@wfn.ca) in writing by December 4, 2020 to provide feedback for Chief and Council regarding the proposed amendment, zoning, and project. The consultation period for this Land Use Amendment / Rezoning application formally closes December 4, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.