Seeking an expansion of permitted uses in their light industrial zoned properties, business owners on Shamrock Place and across the street on Guthrie Road received first and second reading for their request last week.
Comox council approved the proposal for owners of 821 Shamrock Place and 2040 and 2060 Guthrie Road to be rezoned from light industrial to a new C3.2 commercial – industrial zone.
Commercial uses added to the industrial zone include adult fitness studios, billiard halls, brew pubs, medical clinics, music studios and restaurants.
A public hearing will be scheduled near the end of February, said planner Marvin Kamenz.
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The Town of Comox, along with other municipalities including Courtenay, Port Alberni, Campbell River and Black Creek will be drafting a joint request for proposals for recreation software used for booking customers into programs and facilities, along with billing and processing payments.
In a report to council, Don Jacquest, director of finance for the town said the town pays around $9,000 along with three percent of credit card payments processed by software provider Active Network.
The company is changing their software and would charge a conversion fee along with a transaction-based service fee, and would represent a 35 per cent fee increase, a total cost in excess of the $25,000 limit council has budgeted for staff purposes.
Once the joint RFP concludes, Jacquest noted he will return to council for further authorization to purchase the recommended software.