Application for multifamily housing unit in Charlie Lake denied

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An application to accommodate 17 rental units by rezoning a lot in Charlie Lake has been refused by the Peace River Regional District, due to public opposition.

The new property would have been made up of five separate buildings: one duplex, one three-plex, and three four-plexes.

A public hearing on September 30th saw many different letters of input from residents opposed this development – many because they feel they weren’t given notice about the project happening.

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Concerns were raised about this move bringing urbanization to Charlie Lake, among other matters.

“We made the choice to move out to Charlie Lake to get away from the crowded nature of town life to enjoy the quieter, peaceful setting of living out of town. We live on a dead end road with all parcels of property being just under 5 acres.”

“We are also very concerned about the safety of accessing Hwy 97 from Park Frontage across from Spectra Energy. It is already a nightmare to get on to the extremely busy highway at that intersection. In order to get on the highway to go to Fort St. John, we have to cross two lanes of traffic, which are usually racing up the hill, as well as contend with vehicles that are turning into Spectra Energy. Adding an influx of 17 plus vehicles entering and exiting this intersection daily would be suicidal.”

“All of the surrounding properties are single family homes. The idea of rental properties will increase the transient people which could increase crime and traffic. Where will the children play, people go for a walk?”

Read more of the letters here. (The letters sent to the PRRD start on page 151.)

The proposal would have increased the local population by as much as 48 people, and brought about 34 more vehicles to the town, had it gone through.

The property on which the rental units would be built was on Park Frontage Road, near Charlie Lake Crescent and Palm Avenue.

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