With no public objections noted, Creston town council adopted zoning bylaw amendments on June 7, allowing further commercial use on the Ramada Inn and conference centre property and other locations.
“There is nothing particularly unusual with these changes,” Mayor Ron Toyota said later. “The changes mostly just add commercial uses that weren’t specified in the existing bylaws.”
Zoning bylaw No. 1123 was amended to include auction sales, automotive sales, gasoline service stations, outdoor entertainment uses, retail liquor sales establishments and small-scale processing. Last year, a Ramada Inn plan to host a weekend auto sales event was cancelled because such activity was not specifically permitted in the bylaw. Some changes, such as the allowance for a retail liquor sales establishment, must also meet provincial requirements before they can go ahead.
“The Ramada ownership already has approval for additional uses on the property from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure,” Toyota said.
Further amendments were required to the highway service commercial portion of the bylaw, with specific allowances made for auction sales, automobile sales, convenience store, small-scale food processing, entertainment uses, gasoline service station, retail liquor establishment and storage buildings.
The amendments were passed unanimously by councillors in attendance. Coun. Kevin Boehmer was absent.