Liquor store rezoning heads to public hearing

NANAIMO – City council reconsidered its decision to deny a rezoning application for a liquor store at Brooks Landing Shopping Centre.

The Tally-Ho Beer and Wine store could have a second shot at moving to Brooks Landing Shopping Centre.

Nanaimo city council reversed its decision to nix a rezoning application for a liquor store at Brooks Landing on Monday, instead allowing the proposal to go to public hearing.

The Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel applied for rezoning to allow it to move its liquor licence from the corner of Comox Road and Terminal Avenue to the Cilaire-area shopping centre.

The application was denied in September with the majority of councillors expressing concern about its proximity to Cilaire Elementary and Woodlands Secondary schools.

Coun. Bill Bestwick called for council to reconsider denying the rezoning application.

Councillors Wendy Pratt, Diane Brennan and Ian Thorpe supported the motion to deny, while Mayor Bill McKay and councillors Jerry Hong, Bill Yoachim, Bill Bestwick and Gord Fuller were opposed.