Hearing on Monday to deal with supportive recovery facilities for addicts in residential neighbourhoods

By on April 10, 2018

The hearing on Monday won’t deal with any specific locations, such as the home at 5 Bayview Crescent (pictured) that Coquitlam-based Brandon Jansen Memorial Recovery Centre plans to use. Rather, it adds a definition of “supportive recovery” to the town’s zoning bylaw and lists criteria that supportive recovery facilities would need to meet to be rezoned from residential. (Richard McGuire file photo)

A public hearing next Monday afternoon is expected to draw interest from local residents concerned about a plan to locate a supportive recovery facility for recovering drug addicts in a residential neighbourhood.

The hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 16 at 4 p.m. in the council chambers at town hall and it will allow residents to comment on zoning amendment bylaw 1085.105.

In addition to adding a definition of supportive recovery to the town’s zoning bylaw, it also sets out criteria for changing residential zoning to allow such facilities.

It also changes rules affecting recreational vehicle storage lots and recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds.

The proposed bylaw amendment doesn’t deal directly with a plan by the Brandon Jansen Memorial Recovery Centre (BJMRC) to operate a supportive recovery centre at 5 Bayview Crescent opposite Goodman Park.

But it does lay the groundwork by providing a definition of “supportive recovery” along with criteria for approving a rezoning application for supportive recovery in a residential neighbourhood.

Although BJMRC has been operating at the Bayview Crescent location ahead of approvals, the town has been at pains to say it has not yet received a formal proposal from the company.

Before BJMRC can legally operate at the location, further hearings are required prior to approval of a zoning change and business license.

In response to previous inquiries, the town has suggested a recovery property could be located on a property zoned for a community care facility. However, the province has said this type of use is not an appropriate fit with community care facility zoning.

The bylaw amendment will define supportive recovery as a “facility providing a supportive and structured environment for individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, before they move into independent housing.”

The definition explicitly excludes a “first stage house,” which is a permanently staffed facility providing for the needs of the homeless including temporary residency up to three months. That definition is also being added to the bylaw, along with a revised definition of a community care facility.

The bylaw includes criteria that must be met before council can approve rezoning of residentially zoned property for a supportive recovery centre. These conditions are:

• Having sleeping accommodation for no more than six persons, including two on-site staff members;

• Not permitted where there is residential care, boarding or home business use on the lot;

• Not permitted within 250 metres of an existing supportive recovery facility or a school;

• The building must not be used for other than residential use;

• There must be a minimum of three parking spaces.

People may speak at the hearing or provide written submissions no later than noon this Friday, April 13.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

 

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One Comment

  1. P G

    April 12, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    I am all for rehabilitation but is this the best place for it?

    This is in a busy area of town. Lots of vehicle and pedestrian traffic until the bars close at 2am. There will be constant parties in sight of the house. Just look across Lakeshore and all the people out at that complex. Is this the best image for someone trying to recover? Why not put it in a peaceful setting where they can actually focus on their recovery?

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