Quesnel mayor Bob Simpson.Observer file photo

Quesnel City Council discussed supportive housing development components

Facility information session and public hearing scheduled for Dec. 13

  • Nov. 10, 2017 12:00 a.m.

City of Quesnel councillors combed through the administration report on the proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development at the Nov. 7 council meeting.

There were around a dozen members of the public in the gallery who listened to the questions, answers and comments on various aspects of the report, including the discussion on the answers from the 25 questions collected at the Sept. 18 public hearing.

B.C. Housing (BCH) regional manager Malchy Tohill (Proponent) and Operator Melanie MacDonald, executive director of Seasons House and operator of Quesnel Shelter and Support Society (QSSS), were invited to the presentation table to respond to questions from councillors.

The group went through the main components of the report, including the operating model, Good Neighbour Agreement and the Housing Agreement for the proposed facility.

There was significant discussion on these components, and details will be reported in upcoming editions of the Observer.

In the end, council gave first reading to Elliott Street Supportive Housing Bylaw #1841.

Councillors also agreed the current Caring for People with Addictions process undertaken by Northern Health and partners BCH and the City of Quesnel is sufficient to meet the requirement of developing a transition plan for services to be delivered in the community that are currently offered at Seasons House.

Council will hold a public hearing on amendments to Official Community Plan and the Zoning Bylaw at the Quesnel & District Seniors’ Centre on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

Prior to the hearing, BCH will host an information session at the centre from 5 to 7 p.m.