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Third reading for bathroom pavilion deferred

Council brief: Public hearing held for controversial project

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A zoning amendment bylaw for a proposed washroom pavilion near the Gateway Loop will have to wait for third reading after getting some negative feedback at a public hearing on March 26.

The public-washroom project has spurred controversy in the community for its proposed $3-million price tag (for three public washroom facilities at high-traffic areas in the village, to be paid for with provincial Resort Municipality Initiative funds).

At the public hearing, Denise Brown spoke against the project, citing concerns for the impact on the sense of arrival, to the natural area and to pedestrian safety, as well as the high cost.

"I think there are other options, and would like to see that this one be paused for now to see if there's another location within that area ... that might be more suitable at the moment," she said.

Brown wasn't alone, with five others writing letters of opposition.

The bylaw will come back to council for third reading at an upcoming council meeting.

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