This early design image for 222 Corfield St. South shows what the supportive housing building could look like. — Courtesy BC Housing

This early design image for 222 Corfield St. South shows what the supportive housing building could look like. — Courtesy BC Housing

Parksville unable to avoid court in supportive housing challenge

Council had no luck reaching compromise with group fighting to stop 222 Corfield project

City of Parksville council says is disappointed it could not reach a compromise with individuals petitioning for a stop to the 222 Corfield supportive housing project.

The City of Parksville, working together with the Regional District of Nanaimo, acquired 222 Corfield Street South in Parksville for the purpose of building a housing facility, which will include supportive housing, cold weather shelter and supportive services.

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Over the past 18 months, the city has concluded a rezoning process, issued a development permit, and signed a housing agreement and entered into a lease with BC Housing to operate the facility.

In August, the city was advised of a legal challenge to the rezoning process. Since receiving the petition, the city’s solicitor was directed by council to discuss with the petitioners’ lawyer whether an out-of-court agreement could be reached between the two parties.

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According to a news release, council is disappointed it was not possible to reach a compromise. The city has directed its lawyer to proceed to a hearing later this month.

— NEWS/Staff Submitted by the City of Parksville