Port Edward District Council (British Columbia, Canada) has unanimously adopted a bylaw to rezone three lots on Spruce Ave. from residential to tourist commercial.
According to a report from the Northern View, this is the final piece of the puzzle for Port Ed Holdings Ltd. to move ahead with the proposed cabin development for lots 312, 316, and 328 Spruce Ave.
The company is planning to build four to seven full-service cabins on the lots, which will accommodate tourists during peak season and be used as short-term rentals in the off-season. The cabins are expected to be finished by the end of 2023.
Clint Thompson, director at Port Ed Holdings, said they had already set up a meeting with a modular builder the day after they learned the council passed their rezoning request. He said the council’s decision to rezone the properties is gratifying after all the work they have put into the project, including working on a building development plan on Christmas Day.
There are various permitted uses under the tourist commercial zone, which include campgrounds, hotels, motels, tourist accommodation use, and tourist information.
Clint and his wife, Debbie, entered into an agreement with the district restricting them from using the land as a campground to ensure the properties are used for their intended purpose.
While Clint said the council’s decision to rezone the properties is gratifying after all of the work they have put into the project, the rezoning has been a long time in the making.
The Thompsons submitted a similar application to the council in 2019, which was denied. The last time the proposal was brought forward, staff recommended council not alter land designation from residential zoning until after a Housing Needs Assessment was complete.
Featured image from the District of Port Edward.