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CSRD supports rezoning for proposed Sorrento commercial childcare facility

Application for 56-space licensed childcare centre given second reading
A 56-space licensed childcare facility is proposed for 1239 Notch Hill Road in Sorrento. (CSRD image)

A zoning amendment that would support a new childcare facility in Sorrento is proceeding through the application process.

The owner of 1239 Notch Hill Road, Sorrento, has applied to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) to amend the South Shuswap Zoning Bylaw to operate a commercial childcare facility on the property.

In a letter to the CSRD, the applicant explained they already operate several childcare centres in the area that have been at maximum capacity since opening in 2012.

“I receive calls daily from families inquiring about childcare and have wait lists years long in all our programs in the area,” reads the letter. “Currently there is very limited childcare in the area.”

The 2.5 acre property is located near Highway 1 and offers easy access, “lots of outdoor space to provide quality programming for families, and it is within walking distance of the local elementary school and parks.”

The proposed facility would provide licensed childcare spaces for up to 56 children ages 0 to 12 years.

“This new facility is also a part of a successful BC funding initiative to create more licensed childcare spaces in high need areas; allowing parents to pursue schooling, work and other opportunities,” commented the applicant.

CSRD staff proposed the property be rezoned from RR4, Rural Residential, to a new P2, Child Care Facility zone with a new Child Care Facility definition. The board gave first reading of the bylaw amendment at its March 21, meeting and second reading at its recent May 16 meeting held in Golden.

Electoral Area G director Natalya Melnychuk noted the CSRD had received positive feedback on the proposal from other childcare providers in the area, “recognizing this is a much needed service so it aligns with fulfilling that need in our rural community.”

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Lachlan Labere

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