A self-storage development proposed for the Hart area of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, was debated during a public hearing on Monday. Developers Matte Bros. & Sons Construction Ltd. and Comet Investments Ltd. have applied for zoning and community-plan changes to build the storage facility at the intersection of Monterey Road and Highway 97. The companies have also proposed to build a motel and restaurant on the west side of the highway.
The self-storage development would require site-specific zoning. While some residents indicated support for the motel and restaurant, some are not as keen about the possible storage property.
"I feel that a storage facility at that location will be an eyesore for people entering the community," said resident Brodie Otway, who wrote a letter to the city. "These types of businesses don't employ many people, so there would be minimal direct economic benefit to residents in the area. Also, most homes in the area are on large lots with garages, sheds and shops, so the residents generally have very little need for storage units."
Other residents also wrote letters expressing concern about the possible negative impact the storage facility and motel could have on property values.
Prior to the hearing, city staff recommended to approve the applications, saying the development’s proximity to a major intersection along the highway would be better suited for commercial use than low-density residential, according to the source.
The proposed zone "requires that any commercial uses be oriented towards Monterey Road to establish prominence over the mini-storage units and to create a more inviting curb appeal," the staff report said.