Cariboo Friendship Society executive director Rosanna McGregor and Little Moccasins Learning Centre manager Sheena Rogers at city hall Tuesday, Jan. 29 to discuss plans for a new daycare at 254 First Ave. North. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Cariboo Friendship Society seeks zoning amendment for new First Avenue North daycare

City council gave first reading and second reading, it will now go for public input and a hearing

Cariboo Friendship Society is hoping to transform a house at 254 First Ave. North into a daycare and has applied for a zoning amendment.

During Tuesday’s regular meeting city council gave first and second reading to an application to amend the zoning bylaw to permit a licensed daycare in the area and to allow for a minimum six off-street gravel parking spaces in the back of the property.

Normally 19 parking spaces would be required, however, because there will only be maximum of five staff members working during peak times, CFS executive director Rosanna McGregor said they were requesting a zoning amendment to allow for only six parking spaces.

McGregor said staff can always park at other CFS facilities and walk to work if necessary or access one of the free city parking lots in the vicinity of the daycare.

She also said they did not want to add additional paving to the parking area in the back, as is normally required by the parking bylaw.

“We would like to keep it as natural as possible,” she said. “The back side of the house will have more shade in the afternoons so not having black top back there will assist to keep it a little cooler for children outside enjoying the yard space.”

Mayor Walt Cobb said he did not have an issue with the parking spots being gravel, but his concern was the number of parking spaces.

“I am already receiving complaints with the construction of the new housing complex in that block,” Cobb said.

Read more: Community Living affordable housing unit receives $8 million from government

Leah Hartley, director of development services, said by giving the zoning amendment application first and second reading council was letting the public know it is willing to consider six parking spaces pending public hearing comments.

Surrounding property owner and tenants within 100 metres of the proposed daycare will be issued notices to provide input and a public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 26, 2019 at 7 p.m.

McGregor said there is someone living in the home at present, but they have been given notice to move because of the daycare.

“We will be gutting the whole house and redeveloping the upstairs and downstairs,” McGregor said, adding Sprucelee Construction has the contract for the rebuild.

Sheena Rogers manages CFS’s Little Moccasins Learning Centre, which is a preschool, and said shewill also manage the new daycare.

“We plan to be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the daycare,” Rogers said. “We will have 24 spaces available — 16 for ages three to five and eight for toddlers. We are going to be calling the daycare Little Mukluks.”

Working with families in the preschool, Rogers said CFS saw the need for a new daycare.

“There are lots of parents not being able to go to work because daycare is not affordable or available,” she said. “When the call came out from the province we responded and applied to Aboriginal Head Start. There are 343 new daycare spots going into the province of B.C. through this initiative.”

Read more: Applications open for B.C. child care construction fund

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Almost $1 million in BC Rural Dividend funds awarded in Cariboo region

Funds awarded to support economic development and diversification in rural communities

VIDEO: Weber gives gold medal performance at Special Olympics speaking engagement

“If we have the coaches I think you will get the athletes, too,” he said.

BC Ferries confirms Northern Sea Wolf ready for summer season

The plan is to have the Northern Sea Wolf assume the mid-coast service as of May 18

LETTER: Controlling the wolf population does make a difference

These are my experiences in the Itcha Ilgatchuz Park region as a third generation rancher, mountain trail riding guide/packer and big game guide outfitter

Williams Lake RCMP raise awareness for Auto Crime Enforcement Month

April 2019 is Auto Crime Enforcement Month, and the RCMP are asking the public to stay alert.

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Former mayor of northern village claims ICBC is ripping off its drivers

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are overpaying about $1,800 each year in car insurance

Deadly synthetic drug found in Kamloops that puts users in ‘zombielike’ state

Interior Health warning says substance causes ‘speedy, trippy-like symptoms’ and hallucinations

Trudeau to be portrayed on ‘Simpsons’ episode

Toronto journalist who’s posted videos of himself doing impressions of the PM voiced him for the show

Elizabeth May’s wedding dress a ‘walk through a garden’ on Earth Day

Green Party leader set to get married in Victoria

Bodies of 3 mountain climbers recovered after last week’s Banff avalanche

The men disappeared while attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in the Icefields Parkway

Happy birthday: Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on Easter Sunday

Sunday is the first of two birthday celebrations each year for the queen

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

Most Read