City council has resumed meetings open to the public at Quesnel City Hall. (Photo courtesy of City of Quesnel)

City council has resumed meetings open to the public at Quesnel City Hall. (Photo courtesy of City of Quesnel)

Quesnel city council briefs

Quesnel city council met on Oct. 19

Quesnel city council held a meeting on Oct. 19.

Tillicum Society Zoning

A public hearing on re-zoning the area around the Quesnel Tillicum Society/Friendship Centre on North Fraser Drive in West Quesnel was held before the meeting.

The society is requesting zoning permission to build a five-storey apartment complex in an area called a Comprehensive Development Zone.

No members of the public commented during the hearing.

READ MORE: Five-storey apartment building planned for West Quesnel

Business Licence Changes

The city of Quesnel is tweaking how their policies on business licence. According to a report from Department of Development Services Tanya Turner and local government intern Purnesh Jani, the new licensing bylaw will change language and definitions for better interpretation, clarify for non-profits in the city, and introduce a business licence requirement for commercial landlords within the city.

The application for this new category will be waived in the first year.

Business licence fees will come under further scrutiny when council receives a master fees report. The Financial Sustainability and Audit Committee report noted fees could increase to recover costs related to bylaw and fire inspections, but are mindful that businesses have been stressed by COVID-19.

Community Forest

Council received an update from Erin Robinson, the Forestry Initiatives Manager for Quesnel on their efforts with area First Nation governments to form a community forest.

The governments have hired a consultant to assist in selecting land for the community forest. The agreement allows for an annual harvest of 46,000 cubic metres of conifer and 27,000 cubic metres of deciduous trees.

Mayor Bob Simpson noted all involved governments were working together well, and are communicating through a new meeting once every two months involving himself and local First Nation governments.

INDUSTRIAL UPDATE: Quesnel-area community forest entering land-selection phase

Retiring Staff

The meeting kicked off by the city of Quesnel honouring three retiring staff members.

Narinder Phangura and Dave Rollo were honoured by council for their years of service, receiving a gift from council.

Council also said goodbye to Lacy Scuffi, the city’s Forestry Initiatives Coordinator, who will be moving on to other opportunities.

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