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Terrace council rejects homeless shelter location

Terrace City Council has said no to a proposal to create a homeless shelter in the downtown core.

By a vote of 4-3 Monday night, council members rejected a rezoning application brought forward by Ksan House Society that would’ve allowed a 20-bed extreme weather shelter in an unused downtown building.

Mayor Carol Leclerc, who voted against the application, called on the community to come together and find a local solution to the homelessness.

Councillor Stacey Tyers, who voted in favour of the plan, says long-term solutions are needed, but the homeless also need immediate help.

The rezoning application faced stiff resistance from a number of downtown businesses and residents. Critics of the plan feared it would attract more homeless and intoxicated people to the downtown core and negatively impact tourism.

Those in favour of the rezoning argued it would result in fewer people on the street, fewer nuisance calls for emergency responders, and a bridge to help people get off the street.

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