By Andru McCracken

The Village of McBride is holding a special Public Hearing on Bylaw 788 on April 14th regarding zoning for the Robson Valley Legacies project, a proposed private seniors facility on the old high school property.

The hearing is taking place under new rules available to municipalities to continue operating while managing the threat of COVID-19.

This hearing will be executed electronically and participants are asked to either make written submissions via email or post office or request to join the online public hearing by calling the

Village Office at (250)569-2229 to obtain the internet link. Users can provide input in the usual way, by submitting comments in writing by April 13th at 1pm. Online participants must also make a request to the village office by 1pm the day before,

Council has asked the proponent to enter into a Section 219 covenant limiting building height on new buildings to 10.5 m with the exception of the existing building, and that occupancy would not be granted until the owner constructs an accessible pedestrian pathway.

The proponent has said it doesn’t make sense to build permanent sidewalks because further phases of development will call for changes.