WEB EXTRA:Council tables Bear View re-zoning

District of Clearwater council asks for comprehensive plan involving proposed Bear View shopping center and its neighbouring properties

Members of District of Clearwater council did not give the green light to Ron Rotzetter’s proposed Bear View shopping center on Highway 5 last Tuesday evening.

On the other hand, they also did not go with a recommendation from staff that the re-zoning application be rejected.

Instead, they tabled the application until such time as Rotzetter can bring forward a comprehensive development plan that involves, not just his property, but adjacent pieces of land.

The council members felt it would not make much sense for the municipality, provincial government and BC Hydro provide sewer, water, highway access and electrical power for just one development. It only would make sense if other landowners were involved – and possibly not even then.

One factor in their decision was as a statement from Rotzetter that there is no land available in the existing Gateway commercial zone that is of adequate size and/or without restrictive covenants.

During the public comment period at the end of the council meeting, Wade Elliott, one of the owners of Safety Mart, outlined plans to build a shopping center at the Highway 5/Park Drive intersection (near the courthouse).

Their main supplier, AG Foods, is involved in the project, he said. They plan to begin clearing land this spring and begin making water, sewer and electrical power connections. Construction would begin in the spring of 2014, with opeing date by September of that year.

More details later.