Council preview for Tuesday, Feb. 26 

First look: Private developer housing proposals, rezoning for distillery on the agenda

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Here's a quick look at what to expect at Tuesday's council meeting, kicking off at 5:30 p.m. at the Maury Young Arts Centre.


Council will receive an update on the long-gestating housing proposals from private developers at the Feb. 26 meeting, with staff set to provide a report on all five rezoning applications.

The proposals—an initiative of the Mayor's Task Force on Resident Housing—have drawn the ire of nearby neighbours in three out of five cases (read more at

Proposed rental rates for the projects range from $2.55 to $3.64 per square foot.

Public information meetings would be held before any zoning amendment bylaw is brought to council for consideration.

Public hearings—in which all members of the public are free to state their case for or against a project—would also be held as part of the process.


Also on the agenda, council will consider giving first readings to a zoning amendment bylaw that will allow for the sale of packaged liquor at a new distillery in Function Junction.

"We are hoping to have one shelf in our space to be able to provide the opportunity for visitors to purchase a bottle when they see us," reads a letter from Kwang Chen, owner/operator of Montis Distilling (located at 1062 Millar Creek Road).

"Having an on-site storefront will also give us the ability to sell our product at events such as our farmers market according to LCRB regulation."

The distillery is "hoping for completion of the space in Feb of 2019," Chen wrote.

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