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Second hearing for proposed barge loading bylaw Aug. 18

Mission council has rescinded second and third reading of a bylaw to bring back barge loading along the Fraser River in order to correctly identify all the properties that are currently legally non-conforming.

A new public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 18. The original proposed bylaw included an incorrect address which delayed approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

To rectify the situation, according to a staff report, council had to rescind the two readings and hold another public hearing to allow the public to comment on the proposed change.

Council gave second reading to the amended bylaw Monday night and can approve third reading after the public hearing. A special council meeting has also been scheduled for Aug. 20 to adopt the bylaw after it has been signed by the provincial ministry and supported by council.

Mission council will still consider barge loading applications individually. The proposed bylaw will bring the grandfathered properties into conformity. Mission council began steps to bring barge loading back to the waterfront last summer. The initiative was brought forward by Mayor Ted Adlem, who said he wanted to give business tools to create good paying jobs and improve the economy.

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