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ICYMI: Smithers looking for feedback on temporary sheltering locations

The Town of Smithers is holding a public meeting Monday (March 27th) at the Smithers Reformed Christain Church about an upcoming amendment to the parks and open spaces bylaw.

The meeting was previously scheduled to be held in council chambers.

The amendment allows temporary overnight sheltering locations on town land, which a legal review brought up after finding the bylaw needs to be updated.

Currently, there is an encampment beside Veterans Park, which Smithers Mayor Gladys Atrill said in a Facebook post neighbouring businesses have requested it to be relocated elsewhere in the town.

She added that the town is legally required to have a place for overnight sheltering on town land.

According to a news release, the temporary sheltering area will be fenced in with infrastructure like daytime storage lockers, portable toilets, and garbage bins.

The release also said the area would not be used as an encampment area and that those who set up would be required to pack their belongings before 9 am the following day.

The current locations in consideration for overnight sheltering are:

  • Land adjacent to Veterans Park, current location
  • Heritage Park
  • Elk’s Park
  • 19th Avenue site beside Suds n’ Bay
  • Dogwood Park
  • Ranger Park
  • Tatlow Road North site
  • Fall Fair Grounds
  • Central Park
  • Riverside Park
  • Queen Street and Alfred Avenue corner site
  • 3873 4th Avenue

You can read more about the bylaw amendment and site locations here.

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